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.
The 11th Annual Tuxes & Tails proved to be the best one yet, living up to it’s title of Tampa Bay’s Favorite Black-Tie Event and Fundraising Gala!
Held for the first time at the Tampa Marriott Waterside, the event had the most attendees in its history with more than 470 guests, as well as the most adoptions ever with 18 homeless pets finding forever homes! And, the wonderful evening will live on as we use the more than $160,000 raised to care for our animals and fund our important programs and services throughout the coming year.
Not only did we surpass our fundraising goal, but we were surprised with a $250,000 donation from an anonymous donor. At the request of the donor, this generous donation will be used towards the construction of a new shelter facility.
Fox 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes did an outstanding job as Mistress and Master of Ceremonies for the evening where guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, complimentary wine, an elegant dinner and a a star-studded fashion show with celebrity models and HSTB adoptables!
Finally, a cigar bar along the moon-lit water, surrounded by glittering fire pits, rounded out the evening perfectly!
Needless to say, we are deeply grateful to all the sponsors, contributors, attendees, models, staff and volunteers who made the event such a wonderful success. We can’t wait until next year!
2013 Tuxes & Tails Models
Jenny Albano, Wendy’s Kitty Fund; Lauren Albano, Wendy’s Kitty Fund; Dr. Karla Bard, Director of Medical Operations, Humane Society of Tampa Bay; Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner; Charley Belcher, Fox 13 News; Jackie Callaway, ABC Action News; Tampa City Councilwoman Yolie Capin; Ginger Gadsden, 10 News; Dr. Christine Glenn, Veterinarian, Humane Society of Tampa Bay; Michael Gratz; Mayor Dick Greco and Dr. Linda McClintock-Greco; Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan; Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times; Kayla Kosarich; Bill Logan, ABC Action News; Dan Maduri, Genesis Communications; Lindsay Milbourne, Fox 13 News; Jerome Ritchey, Studio 10; Wendy Ryan, ABC Action News; Michael Stewart, Owner, 717 South; John Thomas, ABC Action News; Cathy Unruh, journalist, philanthropist and author; Kristin Wright, Fox 13 News.
2013 Tuxes & Tails Sponsors
The Antinori Family; Gerald & Suzie Archibald; BlueGrace Logisitcs; Brighthouse Networks; Glenn & Danita Dickman; Greenberg Traurig; Lakeland Automall; The Mosaic Company; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.; ParableSoft; Lance & Karyn Ringhaver; TECO Energy; TomCat; Vivint; Allied Aerofoam; The Bank of Tampa; Hill Ward Henderson; PAR, Inc.; Petco Foundation; CBIZ KRMT; Forns Design & Construction, Inc.; Smith & Associates Real Estate; Wag Natural Pet Boutique; AVI-SPL, Creative Show Services; Breezin Entertainment; Connie Duglin Linens; Downtown Dogs; Free Press; IM Events; J.C. Newman Cigar Co.; Pepin Distributing, Inc.; Krista Sparkman Photography; Photography by Norman Mark; The New Barker; Tampa Bay Metro; Tampa Bay Times
Watch this year’s inspiring Save a Life video!
Photos by Krista Sparkman
Photos by Norman Mark
Here is a sneak peek of the Outreach Table we’ll have set up a the Town ‘N Country Extravaganza on April 20! We’ll be selling these lovely handmade bags and giving away Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return awareness wristbands, donated by wristbands.net. All proceeds from the sale of the bags will go to our Feral Cat Program.