Heifer International Committee

"Heifer" at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF) started the Heifer project with the goal of raising $5,000 for the purchase of a "Gift Ark", which provided 15 pairs of animals to change the lives of people around the world. CVF formed a committee of members and non-members and involved other clubs. The committee successfully reached the goal of $5,000 for the first year. To increase visibility of Heifer at OSU, CVF and SCAVMA arranged for the project to be placed under the greater umbrella of SCAVMA. This provides a recurring supply of motivated volunteers and a budget which allows for investing in more fundraising efforts.

As of the fall of 2009, the Heifer committee is a part of the Community Outreach Committee of SCAVMA. This is a wonderful way to raise awareness for Heifer International and it provides motivation for people to take part in this project, and promotes global awareness among the student body. With the busyness of our culture and veterinary school, it is easy to forget about people living in developing nations, but Heifer provides an opportunity for students to get involved and to serve those less fortunate when traveling overseas is not an option. Providing animals to these people in need is life changing for the citizens of developing nations and students alike. Those in developing nations are in desperate need of animals for their survival. Veterinary students need to develop a life-changing understanding of how crucial animals are to those in need and how important our professional skills are to these developing countries. Ultimately, we envision that some of those who participate in Heifer will have the opportunity to visit and serve the very countries to which we provide animals.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine SCAVMA Heifer International Team!