- VeTouch (#2593)
- Last Registered:
- September 12, 2013
- Registration Expiration Date:
- September 30, 2014
- Campus Life Program
- Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Categories: Academic and Educational, Health and Wellness, Service
VeTouch is a program that was developed in the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine that stands for Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health. VeTouch provides basic veterinary medical care to the pets of low-income and no-income residents of the Twin Cities to promote urban community health and enhance the welfare of people and animals in Minnesota.
Group's principal activities, events, or programs:
On the first Sunday of every month, Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church hosts a meal for the low-income and no-income residents of the community. VeTouch coordinates with this event each month to provide care to the pets of those attending the meal under the guidance of licensed veterinarians. Services offered include: wellness exams, diagnosis and treatment of parasitic disease, education on zoonotic diseases, behavior education, nutritional support, and referral for more advanced veterinary care.
How this group's activities benefit the University community:
VeTouch provides basic pet care and nutritional support to those in the University community who cannot afford it. It also gives veterinary students and veterinary technician students the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience while promoting the human-animal bond and establishing a client-veterinary relationship. Finally, it serves as an outreach activity from the University to the urban low- and no-income community.
How this group fits into its categories:
Academic and Educational: The main focus of the group is to provide care to pets of those who cannot afford it, but secondly it provides the veterinary and veterinary technician students with valuable educational clinical experiences.
Health and Wellness: VeTouch promotes the health and wellness of pets, and education to the owners about how to meet the basic needs of their pets.
Service: VeTouch is founded on the principle of serving those who cannot afford it; basic care is provided by the students at no cost to the owners.
How to get involved with this group:
In order to be involved you must be a veterinary student, a licensed veterinary technician or a veterinary technician student. There are opportunities for non-medical personnel to volunteer, but those opportunities are more limited. Monthly informational meetings will be held and notifications will be sent out via email as well as posted on the Facebook group (VeTouch). Those who are eligible and interested can contact the club president or vice presidents.
- Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of MN
C339 VMC 1352 Boyd Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108
- Carrie Robbins
- Jennifer Vogel
- Brittany Borck
- Brett Rabe
- Jeanne Marie de Lyra
CLP Dept. Head and Advisor
- Leslie Sharkey