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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Pet Health
Valley Stream vet raises flu, service dog awareness
Michelle Gil
Michelle Gil/Herald
Service dog Harvey greets Georgia and Molly, who were at Central Vets for the H3N8 vaccination, Nobivac.

Central Veterinary Associates of Valley Stream hosted an all-day fundraising clinic on June 30 as part of a nationwide effort to vaccinate dogs against the canine influenza virus, H3N8, and support the National Education for Assistance Dog Services to provide dogs for the deaf and disabled. The event generated about $1,500.

Part of the initiative of the fundraiser was a result of “Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Meets NEADS,” a partnership. Intervet is helping NEADS through financial contributions, animal health care product donations and a campaign which was launched earlier this year to raise awareness about NEADS and how service dogs make a difference in the lives of many people.

This is amongst one of the many fundraisers the animal hospital has participated in. Nadine Darsanlal, a NEADS client and representative, set up an informative station in the waiting room of the Valley Stream animal hospital for anyone who was interested in knowing what the organization is about. She brought her 2-year-old dog, Harvey, a certified assistance dog that was trained by NEADS.

He entertained the people in the waiting room with his tricks such as sitting when being told, taking steps back, waving and giving Darsanlal an Eskimo kiss. She said it was a treat for him to come in and be around many people since it was his birthday.

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health sales representative Leila Wells stood in the waiting room as well, to share her expertise on the first vaccine against canine influenza, Nobivac.

There was a suggested $40 donation which included two needed vaccination doses of Nobivac. The first dose would be given the day of the clinic and the second would be conducted two to four weeks after the clinic.

Intervet donated the vaccine to assist the fundraiser. The proceeds from the day would go to NEADS.

NEADS is a nonprofit organization that began in 1976 which trains and provides dogs to people who have disabilities and need extra assistance with daily activities. Canine assistants have been partnered with children and adults to help them lead normal lives.

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