On May 4, Medaille College veterinary technology students and representatives gathered at the SPCA Serving Erie County to present a $1,000 donation to benefit the nonprofit organization that assists nearly 12,000 animals each year in Erie County. The gift comes after undergraduate students from Medaille’s Vet Tech Club led multiple fundraisers over the course of the spring semester, including a community dog wash and nail trim event, a Valentine’s Day carnation sale and a candy bar sale, with the intent of being able to donate the money to give back to the local community.
“The SPCA Serving Erie County is beyond grateful for the never-ending generosity of our community,” says SPCA Serving Erie County Annual Giving Manager Phil Weiss. “As an organization that is 100% community-funded, we operate on the kindness of individuals and groups like the Medaille Vet Tech Club. This gift will go a long way in making sure the sick, injured, abused and orphaned animals in our community get the care and second chances they deserve.”
SPCA Serving Erie County President & CEO Cait Daly accompanied Weiss to accept the check presented by Medaille’s vet tech students and Medaille Veterinary Technology Co-Program Director Trish Carr, LVT, FFCP.
Carr serves as the faculty advisor for Medaille’s Vet Tech Club, and she oversees the club’s ongoing community service efforts.
“We take an oath as licensed veterinary technicians to dedicate ourselves to aiding animals and society,” says Carr. “This commitment that we live by as medical professionals involves several aspects of civic engagement, which is why it is imperative to get our students involved in that mission as early as possible.”
In addition to this spring semester’s fundraising efforts to benefit the SPCA Serving Erie County, the Medaille Vet Tech Club runs a campus-wide food drive each fall to donate food and funds to the Animal Food Bank of WNY. Other fundraising efforts made by the club in the last few years include symbolically adopting a koala during the Australian wildfires to provide emergency medical care through World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), as well as fundraising money to purchase and donate a Kevlar vest to an Erie County K9 in need through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The mission of Medaille College is to educate and develop empowered individuals for academic achievement, career success and civic engagement, thereby contributing to a healthy, diverse democracy. As part of living out that mission, each academic department, program and student organization at the College teaches students to positively contribute to society, address issues of public concern and work to make a difference in our surrounding communities.
The SPCA Serving Erie County’s mission is to create a more humane community through education; rescuing, protecting and enhancing the lives of animals; and nurturing the bond between animals and people.
Photos by Seeloff Photography.