We provide age appropriate tours of the clinic which include “hands on”, activity-based presentations utilizing game formats on an array of topics such as wellness checks, “mock surgeries, grief, abuse, parasites and radiograph viewings. Upon occasion, we have “brought the clinic to the classroom” as well. Children are encouraged to take an active role in the care of their new family member and when appropriate, young children have been given the opportunity to shadow a veterinarian complete with “child size” scrubs. In addition, we support the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Ground Hog Program which provides an opportunity for high school students to shadow a veterinarian for a day as well as the APS Career Enrichment Center, which is a more comprehensive program that extends over a school year. We also work in conjunction with APS/Community College of New Mexico (CNM) and provide job opportunities for students with special needs. We have had the pleasure of working with the University of New Mexico (UNM) pre-veterinary advisor, Bruce Hofkin, Ph.D, to create an intensive, in depth training program for biology majors who are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine [See Overview of Staff Training under the side bar About Our Doctors and Staff for more information]. Furthermore, we speak at rescue club meetings.
We are in the process of establishing the Zachary Oscar Fund with a percentage of the profits from The One and Only Zachary Oscar [See Publications under the side bar Resources for more information about the book and related community outreach] which will provide monetary help for families who cannot afford treatment for their four legged loved ones with cancer. This fund is being established in conjunction with a donation made by a client in loving memory of Mike. Her contribution helped create a Memorial Wall. Donations can be made to this fund and a dog or cat plaque will be created in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Contact the clinic for more information.