VIDA was created to be a resource to help fellow human beings and animals. We are registered as a 501c3 charity in the state of Minnesota. Our EIN is 39-2077094. Phone: 1-888-365-VIDA
VIDA operates field clinics in accordance with the International Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association -Field Services guidelines with an emphasis on patient and volunteer safety, high quality pain management protocols, appropriate post- operative care and the ethical participation of volunteers in surgical procedures. You can read more about US AVMA and AVS official positions on student participation in field clinics below:
“It is the opinion of the American Veterinary Medical Association that surgery performed for non-research purposes on any animal is the practice of veterinary medicine that requires extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medicine. Therefore, instruction of NON-VETERINARY students in surgical procedures is not advocated.” AVMA Policy Statement 2010: Surgical Procedures by Non-Veterinary Students.
“The ASV encourages veterinary students to take advantage of opportunities to participate in spay neuter events both within the United States and abroad. These events can provide valuable practical experience. In addition, they serve to increase awareness of and efforts aimed at solving the overpopulation problem. Students are cautioned, however, to participate only in those programs that meet ‘The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs’ published in the July 1, 2008 Journal of the AVMA and only to the extent that is appropriate for their level of education. For example, only students who have participated in the surgery laboratory activities of their professional curriculum should actively perform surgery. Students who have not yet participated in their educational surgery laboratories should limit their role to that of a technician or assistant. Student surgeons require direct supervision and mentoring by the designated responsible veterinarians. Students should not participate in surgical programs that are not in compliance with local veterinary practice regulations. Pre-veterinary students and veterinary technicians should not perform surgeries.” Association of Shelter Veterinarians Position Statement 2011: Student Surgical Experiences.
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