Reflections from the Field

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Lauren Spivey, vet student from Auburn, was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term trip with CVM to San Luis, Mexico. Lauren and her team spent a week partnering with I Care International and Rene Bustamante, hosting veterinary health clinics.

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Lauren was kind enough to answer a few questions for us!

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CVM’s Mission Apprenticeship Program Reaches to Cameroon

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Are you a “missions-minded” vet student in your 3rd or 4th year of vet school? Do you have 4 weeks available to serve on the field? Do you want to receive hands-on training/one-on-one mentoring from a CVM Long-Term Field Worker? If so, then CVM’s Mission Apprenticeship program may be for you!

Applications to the Apprenticeship must be received by October 1st in order to be considered for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Gretchen Landin, a fourth year vet student at University of Pennsylvania and a past CVM Missions Apprenticeship participant, traveled to Cameroon where she worked alongside Dr. Lewis for five weeks and explored the call to serve in overseas missions.

Gretchen was kind enough to share her thoughts on the experience! This is what she had to say.

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Reflections from the Field

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Dr. Julie Kyle, a veterinarian from Vermont, was given the opportunity to serve on her fourth short-term trip with CVM, this time to India, where she spent three months working alongside Melissa White.

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Julie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us!

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Reflections from the Field

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Tonia Vanlandingham, a veterinary technician from Wisconson, was given the opportunity to serve on her third short-term mission trip with CVM to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Tonia and her team of 22 spent a week in South Dakota where they partnered with the Wounded Knee Church of God.

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Tonia was kind enough to answer a few questions for us!

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Combating Compassion Fatigue

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By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks

 

“Do you have any plans for the weekend?” I asked my client on a Friday afternoon. She rolled her eyes while grumpily replying, “Ugh, yeah- I have to work tomorrow.”

I chirped back, “Oh, me too.”

Her response was one I’ll never forget:

“Yeah, but your job is SO fun. You just get to work with animals- I have to deal with people.”

I was accustomed to putting on my veterinary poker face, so I smirked internally as I gently reminded her that each of my patients comes with a person attached to the leash. Despite my honest reply, she was not convinced that my job could be anything other than puppies and rainbows.

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