The Great Commission

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By: Briana Selleck, a third year vet student at the University of Illinois

After spending a week in India, working with India Gospel League, I was given a small glimpse into what God is doing in this predominately Hindu nation. Throughout three and a half days of veterinary clinics and spending time in the community, I heard numerous stories of how God has saved His children and called these people to minister to their communities. Stories about handicapped women being healed, men at the brink of suicide finding the one, true God in the last possible moment, orphaned children finding a father in Jesus, the list goes on and on.

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Finishing the Race When It Seems All Uphill

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By: Dr. Sara-Louise Newcomer

I once had the opportunity to watch the events of a triathlon in New Hampshire. Notice, I said watch! I was not a competitor. While I was amazed at the fitness level I saw in so many competing that day, it was also interesting to contemplate the training that went into the three different aspects of the event. I learned through hearing conversations about the race course, that it was quite a difficult one, with a steep hill in the cycling and running legs of the event. I realized that for myself, if I were to ever train for such a competition, I would have to have a friend to train with, as I have no motivation on my own.

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Stay Connected with CVF

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By: Dr. Lauren Charles, South East Regional Representative

For many of us, getting into vet school was a lifelong dream.  Well, at least, until we got to vet school, then we realized the actual dream was being a veterinarian, and vet school sometimes seems like the necessary nightmare along the way. Don’t get me wrong, some of my fondest memories are from the friendships that grew out of those four long years. But I also remember that six weeks into my first year at Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine I couldn’t turn my head due to stress-induced muscle spasms in my neck. The struggle is real folks.

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How to Start a Christian Professional Fellowship Group

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By: Dr. Steve Swaim & Dr. John Nelson

Professional Christian Veterinary Fellowship groups (PCVF) are a great opportunity to connect with other Christian professionals in various regions to grow deeper in faith, encourage each other, share ideas on witnessing to clients, serve together in the community, and challenge each other to grow.

In early 2014, Dr. Steve Swaim, a retired veterinarian professor, and Dr. John Nelson, a private practitioner, felt called to develop a local PCVF group in South Central Kansas. They reached out to Dr. Melissa Cheeks, CVM’s North Central Regional Representative, who provided contact information for close to 20 veterinarians in the area who may be interested in meeting and fellowshipping together.

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Seeking to be a Spiritual Craftsman

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By: Dr. Kit Flowers

We all have seen a true craftsman at work in some setting. Perhaps you have seen a carpenter whose combination of God given talent, years of experience, and proper tools result in a beautiful piece of furniture. Maybe an artist has captured a scene such that you feel like you are there inside the painting. Or in our own field, the veterinary surgeon who has a combination of God given talent, knowledge, and equipment resulting in the practice of veterinary surgery being also the art of veterinary surgery. In God’s kingdom work, we are called to be spiritual craftsmen.

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