public outreach opportunities
annual photo contest
Pennsylvania students in grades K–12 can participate in a digital photography contest to celebrate National Pet Week which runs from May 3-9, 2015. Children must submit a photo which demonstrates the theme “A Moment in Time: Loving and Caring For Our Pets,” and they could win a $50 prize. We hope that practices will use our promotional flyer to encourage children in their area to participate, bringing veterinary medicine into the spotlight.
Photos must be digital, and should be submitted via email to Lori Raver at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos should be solely the work of the student, and email submissions should include the student’s name, address, phone number, school, and grade. PVMA will provide a $50 cash award and a plaque for the first place winner in each grade.
Click here for full rules and a look at previous entries.
Classroom visits are a great way to really make an impact on kids. They can get kids excited not just about veterinary medicine but about science in general. Many school districts, particularly in rural areas, have limited resources and a reduced pool of science teachers from which to hire because they don't have the money or an ideal location. As a result, students easily can lose interest, so additional stimuli are needed to provide application of the math and science they need to be learning now.
Topics can range from food safety, proper care and treatment of animals, biosecurity - anything you want. Depending on your topics of choice, PVMA may have materials you can take with you. Have questions? Contact us.
pennsylvania farm show booth volunteer
We invite you to help represent veterinary medicine at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show January 9-16, 2016, by staffing the PVMA/PVF booth. Because of the size and duration of the Farm Show which attracts hundreds of thousands of people, it is our goal to have enough volunteers to adequately cover the event in 4-5 hour shifts during the hours of operation. All members of the veterinary profession are welcome to volunteer including students.
Directions, exhibitor parking passes, and related materials will be sent to all volunteers prior to the event. Meal expenses are covered during volunteers’ shifts. Because PVMA and PVF are housed in one large booth, we need multiple volunteers for each shift.
We need your pets too!
If you have a pet which is socialized and can remain calm in a crowd, please consider bringing that pet with you. Animals are a huge attraction to the booth and are a great way to get people in. Additionally, if you have children that are interested in veterinary medicine and get along with people, bring them along.
The booth includes bones, oddities, takeaway information, a coloring station, a trivia game, and more.
Click here to access the online volunteer schedule and sign up for shifts that suit your schedule. Questions?
promoting the last chance fund (TLC)
The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF) established our “The Last Chance Fund” (TLC) in 2009 to help ensure a source of funding for the care of abused or neglected, unowned companion animals that might otherwise be euthanized or turned over to an animal shelter that is already overburdened.
We see the TLC Fund as a true partnership between veterinary practices, their clients, other pet owners, and the animal loving public that will result in the emergency care and necessary treatment of animals who might not get the proper care without this fund.
TLC is fueled almost solely by donations, so promotion of the fund to your clients is critical. Participating practices receive marketing materials when they join. To learn more about TLC and become a participating practice, click here.
To see a few of the animals the fund has helped, click here.