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K-State Today

August 13, 2019

College of Veterinary Medicine team volunteers at Everybody Counts — Manhattan

Submitted by Joe Montgomery

For the second year in a row, the College of Veterinary Medicine has participated in a community outreach event called "Everybody Counts." This event occurred Aug. 3 in Manhattan at the Douglass Community Center on the 900 block of Yuma street.

The purpose of the Everybody Counts is to provide much needed no-cost services to the most vulnerable population in the Manhattan area. The event provides dental care, medical care and a variety of social service organizations, school district representatives, and other community organizations who want to participate in addressing these and other needs.

A team consisting of about 50 volunteers including veterinarians, veterinary nurses and students, as well as pharmacy and medical records staff, participated at the Everybody Counts and served more than 80 pets.

"It's truly a wonderful event," said Kate KuKanich, associate professor in small animal medicine. "We are honored that our K-State College of Veterinary Medicine can join Everybody Counts and make a positive difference on the health and human-animal bond of the pets and families in need in our community. By demonstrating to our veterinary students the wonderful local impact we can have when we give back, I hope to inspire them too to lead community events to benefit their neighbors throughout Kansas and beyond, wherever their future veterinary careers take them. "

The College of Veterinary Medicine team performed physical examinations, vaccines and preventative care as indicated. Products were donated by generous pharmaceutical and nutrition/pet food corporations.

"We are so proud of all of those who volunteered their time and talent to this event," said Bonnie Rush, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. "By joining this event, we hope we're able to foster well-being through ownership of healthy pets and minimize transfer of zoonotic disease in our community."