The College of Veterinary

Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences has received the

first portion of a three-year grant from PETsMART Charities, Inc. that

will support a mobile veterinary clinic to bring veterinary care to

companion animals in shelters and animal rescue facilities as well as the

pets of homeless and housebound people. The college already has received

the first-year’s award of $30,000. The total grant amount is for $92,000

to be paid over three years.

The grant will partially support the PETsMART Veterinary Ambulatory

Community Service-Learning (PETsMART-VACS) Program at the veterinary

college – the first and only veterinary college in Southern California.

The PETsMART-VACS will be an integral service-learning component of the

college’s curriculum involving students and licensed veterinary faculty

and will provide basic medical and wellness care to disadvantaged animals

in the Inland Valley area.

“”This program will give many animals a second chance at life or health,””

said Lara Rasmussen, DVM, MS, DACVS, director of surgery and clinical

skills at the College of Veterinary Medicine. “”It also will serve as a

learning arena for clinical skills and community service. We want our

students to be masters of their profession and to know when, where and how

to help the animal and human communities they have chosen to serve.””

Services provided by the mobile small animal clinic will include

preventive medicine services such as spay/neuter, physical examinations,

vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm/virus screening and presurgical

evaluation. The clinic also will offer treatments such as deworming,

behavioral assessment and recommendations, diagnosis and treatment of

illness, as well as client education.

It is PETsMART Charities’ mission to end the unnecessary euthanasia of

adoptable companion animals as a means of controlling pet overpopulation.

PETsMART Charities primarily provides financial grants for new programs

that assist in ending unnecessary euthanasia through proactive adoption,

spay/neuter, behavior and pet identification programs. For more

information on PETsMART Charities, call toll-free 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

For more information on admission to Western University’s College of

Veterinary Medicine, call (909) 469-5485.