Despite the soggy grounds and misty rain, hundreds of pet lovers showed up at Williams Park to make sure their four-legged family members got their shots. We offered free, standard distemper & Rabies vaccinations to more than 800 pets, ensuring that they are protected against deadly diseases. And, Hillsborough County Animal Services was on hand giving away free licenses and tags to residents of zip code 33610. After receiving their shots and tags, pets got to “shop” at our Goody Tent which provided free leashes, harnesses, collars, beds and more. And, of course, staff and volunteers were on hand throughout the entire event giving pats, kisses and treats. All in all, it was a great day for the pets of Hillsborough County!
Free shot clinics are our staff and volunteers’ favorite events. It gives us great joy to provide this service to the community to help keep pets safe and healthy. Thanks to all who came out for your sunny smiles and grateful attitudes. And many thanks to our amazing veterinarians, staff and volunteers for all you do, every single day, to help pets and their people in need.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay Hosts Veterinary Interns from Developing Countries for Week of Hands-On Training and Skill Development
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) was selected to host two veterinarians for a week-long internship through the Humane Society International’s (HSI) Veterinary Internship Program. The interns, who come from Bolivia and Chile, are spending the week of April 29 – May 6 fine-tuning their skills and learning new surgical techniques with Humane Society of Tampa Bay veterinarians at the Animal Health Center. On Monday, May 6, they will accompany HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk to Nashville, TN to participate in the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo then return to their home countries to use their new knowledge and experience to help the animals in their care.
“We are excited to participate in this program and host these young veterinarians,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “It is thrilling to be able to share our resources at the Animal Health Center to help make a difference for animals in other countries.”
According to Donna M. Pease, HSI Expo International Coordinator, The Humane Society International Veterinary Internship Program has proved to be a wonderful experience for both the interns and host societies. In 2012, 18 veterinarians from 14 countries received internships. This year, 27 applicants were placed at humane societies across the United States. Some of the countries that have been represented in the program are Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Malawi, Nigeria, Peru, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Sierre Leone, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.
Photo 1: From left: Dr. Nataly Ramierez from Chile; Dr. Karla Bard, HSTB Director of Medical Operations; Dr. Maria Barrento from Bolivia.
Photo 2: Drs. Barrento (back left) and Ramierez (back right) watch as Dr. Karla Bard (front left) performs a spay surgery.
Photo 3: Drs. Ramierez and Barrento examine a cat who is being prepped for surgery.