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Small Animal Hospital Volunteer Comes Back To Her Roots

May 14th, 2015

ReedWalterReed Walter’s dad was an OSU Political Science professor for thirty years. She left Oregon for college and a career in Colorado, but after retiring decided to move back. Then she started looking for ways to be a part of the community.

Fortunately for the college, Kelley Marchbanks, CVM Development Director, met Walter at a party, and discovered that she had been a Patient Advocate at Kaiser Permanente for twenty years. Marchbanks said, “I might have the perfect volunteer position for you. How would you like to help clients at the OSU Veterinary Hospital?”

As a pet owner, Walter knew this was a good fit for her. “I know what it is like to have a pet that is sick. You are worried and unsure about what is happening.”

Walter is working with hospital client advocate Tammy Barr, and fellow volunteers Joan and Terry Ferguson, to learn the ropes in the small animal hospital. “I greet the clients, get water or treats for the pets, and offer a friendly face so it feels like home,” says Walter. “After two weeks, I already know some of the regulars.”

Walter will primarily be working on Tuesdays. “The clients who come here have very sick animals so it’s very emotional. These animals are their family,” says Walter. “I try to support them, and help them through it.”


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