The mission of Vets in Vans is to support the human animal bond by providing equitable access to compassionate veterinary care
Vets in Vans (ViV), a nonprofit mobile veterinary clinic, provides comprehensive clinic services, including urgent care, preventative care, routine and non-routine surgical procedures, humane euthanasia and dentals (coming soon!) to communities in the Bay Area. We offer a comprehensive list of payment options and resources to reduce financial barriers to veterinary care. With employees trained in social service, ViV aims to work alongside the community to offer solutions in providing accessible and compassionate veterinary care to preserve the human-animal bond. Founded by two women veterinarians, both former shelter veterinarians at Oakland Animal Services (OAS) and several other nonprofit shelters, ViV believes in caring for pets as a social service to relieve communities of animal suffering.
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Vets in Vans envisions a world where communities:
Are Free From
Preserve the human-animal bond as a human right
Consider animal care
a social service
Dr. Lauren Park graduated from UC Davis in 2015. She completed a one year shelter medicine internship at San Diego Humane Society before working at San Francisco SPCA, Muttville, and Oakland Animal Services as a shelter veterinarian. She has also worked relief at various shelters and community programs in the Bay Area such as Eastbay SPCA and Animal Fix Clinic.
As a shelter veterinarian, she recognized that access to veterinary care was a barrier for many communities resulting in pet surrenders in shelters. This resulted in two devastating consequences, first: inundating the shelter system and second: forcing families to depart with their bonded family member. Her goal is to provide accessible medicine, so that to improve animal welfare and to allow pets to stay in their loving homes and communities.
In her free time, she likes to hike and camp with her three adopted pitbulls, hang out and read with her chickens, and travel.
Dr. Tracy Huang graduated with her degree in veterinary medicine from University of California, Davis in 2015. As a veterinary student, she recognized the lack of accessible veterinary care and started organizing MASH-style veterinary clinics in remote communities including Native American reservations and rural Nicaragua.
She has worked in for-profit clinics, nonprofit clinics, and animal shelters. Her experiences have led her to gain insight into the complexity of the socioeconomic and cultural factors that prevent animals from receiving adequate veterinary care.
Outside of veterinary medicine, she spends her time surfing, fishing, camping, and chilling with her dog, Jojo.
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