Past Projects

2014 VECCF Project: Support for the K9s of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.

TrainingWorking K9 ER & CPR Course

In September 2014 the VECC Foundation hosted its first Working K9 ER Care & CPR Course. Fifty of Indianapolis' finest police officers, first responders and search and rescue personnel attended an all day course that included both lecture and hands on instruction.

Dr. Susan Barnes and Dr. Lisa Peters covered topics such as anatomy, bandaging and wound management, CPR in the field, exposure to toxins and common traumas.

A very special thank you to Purina. In addition to donating to our raffle (see below), Purina generously donated several pallets of food to the IMPD K9 Association.

Foundation Raises $10,000 for the IMPD K9s

IMPD K9sIVECCS 2014 was a tremendous success and the VECC Foundation fundraising efforts were no exception. During the symposium the VECC Foundation raised $10,000 by raffling off a variety of prizes (over 40 items to choose from) and by encouraging attendees to test their tossing skills at the VECCF Carnival!

Since the IMPD already has vests for their K9s, the money raised is being used to provide the following requested items:

  • Oxygen masks and ambu bags for each K9 unit
  • Supplies needed to upgrade first aid kits
  • Much needed training supplies
  • Furminators and Ray Allen Harnesses
  • A copy Veterinary Disaster Medicine for all attendees of the Working K9 ER Care & CPR Course


2013 VECCF Project: Holly's Garden

VolunteersOn the Friday before IVECCS 2013 a group of volunteers, brought together by the VECC Foundation, traveled just outside of San Diego to an animal rescue organization desperately in need of help.

Holly's Garden Rescue is a non-profit, small animal rescue organization located in El Cajon, CA. Holly's Garden had recently relocated to a much larger location but that location was in disrepair and in need of some serious remodeling and maintenance. It was a lot work for Holly's Garden staff to handle, not to mention, they didn’t have the funds to pay for much of what needed to be done.

That Friday 20 volunteers worked diligently to knock some of the biggest projects off the list:

  • Building a treatment area and isolation space
  • Laying sod to create a fenced in play area
  • Trimming overgrown pepper trees
  • Scrubbing, painting and rustproofing outdoor runs
  • Building storage for garden tools
  • Painting and installing window shutters

Generous organizations donated dirt, sod, kennels, an examination table and an exam light as well as drinks, snacks and lunch to keep the volunteers hydrated and happy. After all, temperatures rose to 97 degrees that day. But the hard labor and constant sweating did not "dampen" the enthusiasm of the volunteers. Everyone agreed that working hard in fulfillment of the VECCF mission of providing assistance and funding to projects that raise the level of care for animals in need resulted in a day well spent.

Special thanks to the following companies for donating supplies, funds and hard-working volunteers:

  • Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) for purchasing dirt and sod
  • Purina
  • Suburban Surgical
  • Medical Illumination

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Shelter Assist Project 2012VECC Foundation Shelter Assist Project

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Before the start of IVECCS '12 on Friday, September 7 a group of volunteers descended upon San Antonio's oldest no kill shelter, the Animal Defense League (ADL). Their mission was to complete a 'Project Wish List' as prioritized by ADL: building and expanding a play yard, remodeling and upgrading the bathing room, deep cleaning kennel areas, walking and grooming dogs, socializing cats and providing minor treatments to animals housed at the shelter. Additionally a First Aid Training Course was offered to align with the VECCF mission of education.

While the Texas heat reached 102 degrees the ADL maintenance staff brought eleven truck loads of dirt and two pallets of sod to the play yard area where a group of volunteers worked tirelessly to level the area improving drainage and giving prospective new owners a place to play with their future pets. Thanks to Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) for purchasing additional dirt so this area could be completed.

A bathing room was the destination of a beautiful wet table donated by the TriStar company. Inside the kennel area volunteers bathed numerous dogs and let them air dry with walks around the expansive ADL grounds, complete with treats and belly rubs. The cat room population received lots of brushing and socialization to prepare them for adoption.

Just before lunch, in the ADL Education Center, Linda Lasky kicked off her First Aid course to a room full of eager attendees. A delicious Texas BBQ lunch refreshed volunteers who spent the afternoon receiving over thirty small dogs rescued from a hoarding situation, as well as providing veterinary support to some puzzling cases.

The volunteers and ADL ended the day with a finished play yard, a keen sense of accomplishment and many happy residents ready for new homes! Thanks to everybody who participated!

VECCF holds spay/neuter clinics at three Native American sites

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September 2008 – The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Foundation (VECCF) sponsored free Spay/Neuter Clinics for two Indian Reservations in the Phoenix area for three days prior to the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Society Meeting in September. The clinics were held on September 14 and 15 at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Reservation. A clinic was held on September 16 at the Yavapai Nation Reservation at Fort McDowell.

Dr. Lorna Lanman, VECCF Board Member, was the local organizer with the assistance of the Salt River Environmental Health Office and the Yavapai Nation Animal Control Officer. Dr. Lanman provided her mobile veterinary clinic which served as the feline surgical suite. Appointments were set up for spays/neuters. Immunizations were provided by Dr. Evelyn Williams of the USDA.

Thirty-five attendees of the IVECCS Meeting volunteered one to 3 days to perform surgical procedures. Dr. William Smith, President, VEECF, coordinated the schedule for the volunteers. Volunteers came from all areas of the US, several from Canada, and two from Australia.

Dr. Lanman's mobile veterinary clinic plus four surgical tables were set up with gas anesthesia and monitoring equipment in the Fire Stations at each reservation. Animals were received, physically examined, and induced prior to being placed on one of the surgery tables where veterinarians and technicians performed the applicable procedures. One hundred eighty-six animals are either spayed or neutered during the three days.

We are grateful to several industry partners for their generous donations and support for this project.

  • Abbott Animal Health
  • Butler
  • Matryx MidMark
  • Novartis (Ethicon)
  • Pfizer Animal Health
  • Universal Surgical

Shelter Project with the VECCFSt. Bernard Parish Shelter Project

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In a collaborate effort between VECCF and LSU Veterinary School, the St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter was identified as being most in need of restoration since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina two years prior. In only a few days volunteer veterinarians, technicians and students from all over the U.S. worked with the shelter staff to transform the facility. Equipment and supply items were donated on site by exhibitors at the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium including surgery instruments, wet tables, surgery lights, ophthalmoscope/otoscope combinations, stethoscopes and a gas anesthesia machine. Other equipment items were sold to the VECCF at significant discounts. Supplies such as vaccines, flea & tick products, antibiotics, diagnostic tests, needles, syringes, bandaging materials, etc were also donated and shipped by several industry partners.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all the volunteers and organizations evolved in the project for bringing hope and encouragement to the shelter.



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