CVM’s Mission Apprenticeship Program Reaches to Mongolia

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IMG_6221By: Malia Drennan

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!

This past September, Emily Tabor, a 4th year vet student and a CVM Missions Apprenticeship participant, traveled to Mongolia where she worked alongside CVM missionaries for four weeks and explored the call to serve in overseas missions.

Emily was kind enough to share her thoughts on the experience!

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Vets Break New Ground in Unchartered Territory in the Dominican Republic

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DR mission (188)By: Dr. Denise Thagard, Northeast Region Representative

My husband, Roy, and I joined a veterinary trip headed down to the Dominican Republic for a week. It was the first trip of it’s kind, and the purpose of the trip was to provide animal health services to the villages who don’t have veterinary service. The church planters in the area were looking forward to being able to connect with individuals they haven’t yet been able to reach. For Roy and I, we were looking forward to serving together for the first time overseas.

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Bringing Vet Services to the Last Frontier

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IMG_6219-300x225By: Dr. Monty Mathis, CVM Mobilization Coordinator

Alaskan license plates have “The Last Frontier” printed at the bottom.  And for the United States, Alaska is an incredibly vast land with a whole lot of wilderness.  Part of that wilderness is the tundra area of Western Alaska where the Yukon River dumps into the Bering Sea.  This is an area the size of Kansas and home to the Yup’ik (Eskimos) – about 23,000 living in 56 villages.  These villages are usually accessible by boat (when things are thawed out), by snow machine (when things are frozen over) and by plane (when the weather is permitting).  This area is also a place where Christian Veterinary Mission has been asked to come and help provide veterinary care to the villages which do not have easily accessible veterinary services.

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Sharing the Love of Christ on the Pine Ridge Reservation

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CVM 2014 082By: Malia Drennan

This past September, a team of 22, consisting of 13 vets, 6 vet techs, and 3 family members, traveled to South Dakota where they provided basic small and large animal veterinary services to the Sioux on the Pine Ridge Reservation and shared the love of Christ with the people.

The Pine Ridge reservation is the eighth largest reservation in the nation. However, in many ways the poverty on Pine Ridge is similar to the poverty seen in the third world. Many homes are without running water and without sewer (via). As of 2007, the unemployment rate was between 80-90%, the alcoholism rate as high as 80%, the suicide rate more than twice the national rate, and the life expectancy on Pine Ridge is the lowest in the United States and the 2nd lowest in the Western Hemisphere (via).

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Vet Student Gains New Perspective Serving Overseas

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10487499_10152224526089372_8890762579902012625_nBy: Malia Drennan
This past June, Joshua Li, a fourth year vet student from the University of Illinios was given the opportunity to serve on his second short-term trip with CVM. Josh and his team (2 vets, 4 students, and 4 family members) spent a week working alongside CVM’s long-term missionary Dr. Kelly Crowdis. They assisted Kelly in providing animal care in four villages in the central area of Haiti.

Josh was kind enough to answer a few questions for me!

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Preparing For Your Short-Term Mission Trip: A Handy-Dandy Resource!

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Edited63By: Sarah Lewis-Assink

Serving in Short-Term Missions can seem like a daunting task. All the questions and details – from figuring out where you can go to figuring out what to pack! Getting ready physically, spiritually, culturally, and logistically takes time and energy and sometimes, you don’t even know where to start.

So we decided to help! CVM has a Short-Term Veterinary Missions Manual – a tool for veterinary volunteers (and really, anyone!) preparing to serve effectively in short-term missions. This manual can’t answer every question you might have as you get ready to serve, but it’s a great resource and a great place to start. Whether you serve as part of a team or go as an individual, this manual has helpful tools and guidelines for short-term service.

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