IVG’s Charitable Awards

Written on February 21, 2017 by Lauren Parece Hospital: IVG Hospitals

We are proud of our team members for constantly going above and beyond and giving back to communities and animals in need. Annually at IVG we hold the Charitable Awards, which give our staff a chance to win the opportunity and funds to help a charity or organization of their choice. Over the years winners of the awards have gone to many places and helped numerous animals. Some of these organizations include: Project Samana, Villa Lobos, Yorkies Inc, Delta Dogs, International Spay/Neuter Network. As we are currently in the process of choosing this years Charitable Award winners, we would like to share some of last year’s winners and their experiences.

Ruth M. Marrion, DVM, DACVO, PhD

“I volunteered with MVMA Project Samana in the Dominican Republic.  We offer spay and neuter surgeries for pet dogs and cats, and also castration for the working horses and mules.  We work in primitive field conditions – no presurgical blood work, and only stethoscopes for monitoring!  The work is difficult but one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life!”

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Ruth in the Dominican Republic for Project Samana

Heidi Soffron

“I received the Charitable Award for my trip to the Dominican Republic with Project SamanaGetAttachmentThumbnail.  (Project Samana is a group  of small animal and equine veterinarians and support staff that works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and equids in the Samana peninsula of the Dominican Republic.  This is primarily by spaying and neutering pets, castrating equids, providing basic medical care and educating owners on proper care of their animals).  Project Samana was an amazing experience and everything I had hoped it would be and more.  It was very hard work, in a beautiful setting, reaping huge rewards for myself and the animals we were able to help.  It was truly a life-changing experience, and something I will never forget. Thank you IVG for sponsoring my trip and making this goal of mine a reality!”


Rohit Malhotra, DVM, MBA

“With less than 50,000 Asian elephants left in the world, there is an immediate priority among us elephant veterinary professionals to clinically train more doctors in the range countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore) so these stunning animals can live a better quality of life. With the aid of the IVG Charitable Award, I had the opportunity to travel to Thailand to directly learn and teach the next generation of Asian elephant veterinarians. I taught, gained, and practiced many clinical skills related to the health care of Asian elephants, especially improving my skillset in calf, breeding, and reproduction management. While working with these magnificent megavertabrates, I also gained many more mentors, colleagues, and friends who are as passionate about caring, treating, and conserving Asian elephants in their respective countries. Thank you IVG for supporting my clinical career!”



 Sandra Hamilton

“In 2015 I traveled to Jamaica to assist the International Spay/Neuter Network with a sterilization clinic for stray animals and pets of low income families.  I assisted in surgical preparation, monitoring anesthesia and recovery of the animals over the three day clinic.  IVG Hospitals donated a portable pulse oximeter and gave me a stipend for my travel expenses.  Thanks to IVG Hospitals for supporting me and the International Spay/Neuter Network!”

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Sandra volunteering with International Spay/Neuter Network

Kimberly M. Condon

“I volunteer for Yorkies Inc located in Taunton MA. IVG provided funds to care for our Foster Dogs. Currently we have a few very ill dogs requiring a great deal of medical care. We were able to help a very sick foster dog named Abby who came to us with severe skin issues. The grant helped pay for medications and trips to see the dermatologist.  We are forever grateful.”

Jennifer Carroll

“I volunteered at Animal Farm Foundation in Dutchess County NY. AFF is a non profit pit bull rescue that sits on over 450 acres of land. They take in dogs from all situations including fight busts, hoarding, or even just a surrender. This week wasn’t easy, but it was worth it and very rewarding.”

Jen and her pal, Maggie, from

Jen and her pal, Maggie, from Animal Farm Foundation


We are truly proud of our staff! This year’s awards will be given out soon and we are excited to see where our teams will go next to help!


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