The Equine Services and Education (ESE) Team has evolved over several years. This team consists of veterinarians, equine dentists, farriers and veterinary students that donate one week of services within the Navajo and Hopi nations.
Our first year of equine services, 2021, we requested for the RVETS team to come to our reservations with a small team of veterinarians, dentists and farriers. This brainstorm was the creative ideas shared between Dr. Rich Fisher, DVM, Equine Dentist, Dr. Eric Davis, President of RVETS and Glenda Davis, President of Animal Rez-Q Inc (ARQ). As we camped out and completed each day of work, we came to the conclusion that these equine services needed to become an annual event.
In 2022, our team grew and was named the Equine Services and Education (ESE) Team. We began communications with various veterinary teaching schools and colleges to begin recruiting veterinary students and future veterinary students.
This recruitment was to allow 3rd & 4th year veterinary students, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with horses and field work. It has also encouraged high school and community college students into the pursuing careers in veterinary medicine. In 2023, our ESE Team has grown into a mix of 30+ equine professionals (Veterinarians, Dentists, Farriers, Veterinary Students, Students from community colleges, High School Students and ARQ volunteers). Special thank you to Dr. Rich Fisher, DVM/Equine Dentist and Dr. Mark Anderson, DVM for their tireless efforts to build, network and support our 2023 ESE work on the Navajo and Hopi Nation. We would like to acknowledge the professionalism and resource support provided from HorsePlus and Equitarian Initiative. Ahe’hee’.
Veterinary Services within tribal nations is limited. It is our goal to provide equine services directly into the Navajo & Hopi communities with affordable cost veterinary services, equine dentals, castrations and hoof trim services. Annually, we pull together a team of veterinarians, equine dentists and farriers to provide these services.
The Equine Services and Education (ESE) Team has the opportunity:
1) To provide equine veterinary services and education to students and owners in an immense, underserved region. Dentals, castrations, hoof trims, vaccinations and deworming.
2) To educate horse owners, veterinary students, Native American College students, Vet Tech students and trade school students.
3) To empower and recruit Native American students to pursue careers in veterinary medicine.
4) To assist in restoring rangeland severely damaged by equine overgrazing by unchecked equine reproduction.
5) To create an immunological barrier to the zoonotic Rabies and West Nile Virus.
Our ESE Team is made up of volunteers that donate one week of professional equine services. Each professional dedicates their time, energy and expertise. We camp and move to five different locations within the tribal communities. The days are long but so very gratifying. Each horse owner has expressed their appreciation of these services.
We are proud owners of horses on our reservations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CZLcSskIkM
Animal Rez-Q INC
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