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Students Tie for First Place with AVMF

December 7, 2015

Congrats to the students who coordinated this year’s second annual Adopt-athon as their “Oath in Action” project with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. The event tied for first place with Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association’s project! The UC Davis led multi-species event featured free veterinary exams and microchips for pets, free vaccinations and primary care for adopted animals, and fun-filled family activities such as an animal photo booth, police K9 unit, agility course, service dog presentation, behavior training consultation, pet CPR class, and disaster rescue demonstration.

“We hope to keep making a difference and improving the event every year!” said Tereza Chylkova, Class of 2017 and director for this year’s Adopt-athon.

The event drew approximately 1,000 people and featured 37 booths, including 12 animals shelters and rescues, and seven veterinary school clubs. More than 30 veterinary students and 12 DVMs volunteered their time and expertise. There were 15 animals adopted on site including dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, snakes, tortoises and guinea pigs. The Davis community donated nearly 1500 lbs of dog, cat and rabbit food to local shelters.

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association wrote an article about the eight “Our Oath in Action” projects that took place around the nation this fall, and two of the four pictures they published are from the event in Davis.