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goodshot1_croppedDuncan’s Fund for Education is used to support continuing education opportunities for veterinary doctors and technicians in our region on a regular basis throughout the year. These sessions are held in locations around Monroe County, including Medaille College which RHFP has partnered with on other projects.

In 2012, we acquired a critical care canine mannequin through Duncan’s Fund, which is used for training and practice in techniques such as CPR, intubation, and venipuncture. Named Duncan, the mannequin will eventually be used to train community members who work with animals outside of the veterinary hospital setting, such as law enforcement officers and emergency first responders.

In the 2013-14 academic year, Rochester Hope for Pets offered a “Licensed Veterinary Technology Explorers Post” through the Seneca Waterways Council for high-schoolers interested in a career with animals. This post was made possible by a generous grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. We plan to continue this educational experience for our area’s students in the 2014-15 school year.

We anticipate seeking and using funds to ensure that specialized veterinary equipment remains available in our area for diagnostic purposes, such as MRI.

Below, you can read more about how Duncan’s Fund was established by the Karch Family.

In the words of Amy Karch, Board Member and Founder of Duncan’s Fund for Education:

“In 2007, our young and much-loved family dog, Duncan, experienced a medication error that resulted in an emergency visit to the Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service (VSES). The professionals there did everything possible to save his life, but after four days of valiant effort, he did not survive. Being very touched by the compassion and skills of the team at VSES, my family wanted to try to make good things come from this very bad experience, and we founded Duncan’s Fund to support veterinary education in the greater Rochester area. We felt that if the adverse effects of the drug he was given were better known, and understood, then this may never have happened and other families would not have to go through such an unexpected loss.

A year later, in 2008, the MVA Hope Foundation was established. Now called Rochester Hope for Pets, the foundation helps pet owners with the costs of urgent veterinary care. Because continuing education can make that care better, and may even prevent problems that would need more care, Duncan’s Fund became a component of Rochester Hope for Pets. Duncan’s Fund has supported educational programs for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, obtained books and reference tools, made facility improvements, and purchased “Critical Care Duncan” who is a canine mannequin that supports training in areas such as CPR and intubation. Our current efforts are aimed at funding a state-of-the-art conference center for veterinary continuing education courses and public programs for pet owners.

Through education, critical improvements can be made in the delivery of veterinary care and can enhance the lives of pets and their caregivers. Rochester Hope for Pets fills a unique niche in our community through its focus on pet-family units that are already established. Research has shown that companion animals greatly improve the quality of life for their owners. When a situation arises where families need help getting life-sustaining care for their companions, RHFP is there to help through education, research, and outreach programs.”