Helping Pets, People and Students Through Veterinary Medicine

The Cause

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) helps over 4,000 animals each year. Many of these animals arrive on our doorstep sick or injured and in desperate need of medical attention. Our onsite veterinary team are able to provide these animals with the medical care and sometimes life-saving medical treatment they need before we find them new loving adoptive homes.

We recently completed a renovation to our veterinary hospital in Calgary to better utilize our space to make room for a growing team, including students, and to accommodate the increase in demand for our services. AARCS has partnered with numerous schools, including the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to provide hands-on learning opportunities for up-and-coming veterinarians. This means that we sometimes have upwards of an additional 4-8 people in the hospital. We added an additional exam room, recovery room and operating room. This will facilitate our space needs and provide additional capacity to help more animals, ultimately saving more lives. We now need the necessary veterinary equipment to accommodate the new spaces and added capacity.

Who Will it Benefit?

We pride ourselves on ensuring that each animal adopted is provided with a clean bill of health. Both the animal and their new adoptive family will benefit. We also believe that providing teaching opportunities will not only help the animals but also provide the students with an insider look at shelter medicine. We desperately need veterinary professionals considering careers in non-profit work. This practicum placement provides an amazing learning opportunity for up-and-coming veterinarians while assisting a worthy cause. Having the tools we need to provide the best possible care allows us to treat the animals and relieve pain and suffering while providing valuable hands-on learning.