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The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences received a $300,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® ( toacquire, equip and operate a high-volume mobile spay/neuter vehicle.

“This is a significant contribution to our academic program that doubles the College’s mobile capacity to address community needs in the Inland Empire and the LA basin,” said College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD. “The support of the VACS II by PetSmart Charities, and the contribution of personnel and medical supplies by WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine, will result in a partnership designed to provide a measurable impact on the population of unowned/unwanted animals in local communities, while providing valuable learning experiences for our students.”

The vehicle, VACS II (Veterinary Ambulatory Community Service), will be a key component of the college’s Shelter Medicine fourth-year rotation. VACS II, which is expected to begin operation in August 2013, will take two to three fourth-year CVM students to area shelters to perform about 30 spays and neuters per day.

“We’re going to be doing high-volume spay and neuter with those students,” said CVM Assistant Professor Frank Bossong, DVM. “By the time students get to their fourth year, they’re pretty seasoned. They are well prepared to be performing spays and neuters on dogs and cats at this point in our curriculum. We’ll really be making a bigger impact on the animal population at the shelters here in Southern California.” WesternU applied for a grant to build a second VACS dedicated to pediatric spays and neuters. VACS II is under construction and, when completed, will go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Universal Specialty Vehicles Inc. in Perris, Calif., constructed CVM’s fi rst mobile unit VACS I, said Eva Jaeger, RVT, who is working closely with the company again 10 years later. “Getting a second opportunity to perfect a job well done the first time is an exciting prospect for all involved,” she said.

VACS I will continue to serve the community on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Generally, seven first year students work in VACS I in the morning, and seven second-year students come on board in the afternoon to learn about anesthesia and surgery. “The VACS II will further ensure that our graduates will be ready to do surgery on day one with their new employer,” Dr. Bossong said. “As with the VACS I, this new mobile unit demonstrates WesternU’s continued commitment to producing health professionals who embrace the idea of community service.”

The Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine
has retained its status of full accreditation for the next seven years from
the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.
WesternU established the College of Veterinary Medicine on Aug. 8, 1998,
and welcomed its fi rst class in fall 2003. The College fi rst received Full
Accreditation in 2010.

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La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba opened in 1969 as an agricultural based support group named La 

La Clinica Mobile DeliveryCooperativa. The leaders of La Cooperativa raised crops to provide funding for the organization. It was not until 1992, that the Board Members were able to obtain federal funding through the Bureau of Primary Health Care to expand their services. Due to hard work, dedication and numerous donations; the clinic was able to later develop a dental department, a family center and a teen wellness center. La Clinica has been actively pursuing further expansion to assist the public’s medical needs.

Beginning the year 2013, La Clinica del Pueblo took delivery of their newly constructed 40’ Mobile Medical & Dental Clinic. Funding through the United Way of Northern New Mexico allowed for La Clinica to obtain such a significant purchase. Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc. (USV) manufactured the mobile clinic. For over 19 years, USV has been paving the way and revolutionizing the custom specialty vehicle industry. Centrally located in beautiful Southern California, USV has an impressive location and offers great amenities to its customers.

Their new clinic sits on a Freightliner MC Front Engine chassis. The interior is constructed of top of the line materials such as: Meganite Acrylic Solid Surface Anti-bacterial countertops, Wilsonart Cabinets, Forestry Stewardship Certified wood, LONSEAL Commercial Grade Flooring and Flexsteel Ultra-Leather upholstery.

The clinic is comprised of one rear dental room and one front medical exam room. A patient intake room, ADA accessible restroom and driver compartment complete the entire unit. The rear dental room has a Ricon S-Series wheelchair lift that provides access for handicap patients. A distinct feature of the mobile clinic is the detailed exterior graphic wrap layout. La Clinica del Pueblo incorporated the mountain terrain, often referred to as “the sleeping giant” onto the background photo of their layout. The mountain is seen as a historical emblem of their land.

The staff of La Clinica del Pueblo are excited to utilize their mobile medical & dental clinic. Our Facebook page at:


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By: Evelyn Castillo

San Ysidro Health Center is centrally located in the South Bay Region of San Diego County. The health center originally started as a volunteer program that was in collaboration with University of California San Diego. In 1971, the center officially became a non-profit organization and started expanding thereafter. San Ysidro Health Center had a great year in terms of development and expansion. In 2012, the executive team paved way to purchase one refurbished mobile medical clinic, one new mobile medical clinic and opened a new physical clinic.

San Ysidro Health Center purchased their new mobile medical clinic from Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc. The new 38’ mobile clinic sits on a Freightliner MB-65 Front Engine Commercial Chassis. The heavy-duty steel frame will provide a rugged base that is sure to be long-lasting. The floor plan of the mobile clinic was designed by CFO, Andy Hall in which he provided a space effective floor plan for the staff to better utilize each room.

Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc. collaborated with Vice President of Operations, Terry Whitaker and Healthy Steps Manager, Maria Sanchez to finalize the floor plan, color selections and the exterior graphics wrap. The mobile medical clinic is divided into five separate areas: one driver compartment, two interior exam rooms, one patient-intake/lab room and one ADA Accessible bathroom. The driver compartment has two Flexsteel 252 Ultra-Leather Bus Driver & Passenger Seats, a tri-view back-up camera with dash monitor and it also houses the master control panel. The front exam room includes one Enoch 355 Exam Table, one 20” flat-panel HDTV, a Freeman Handi-Flip seat, a wall-mounted Welch-Allyn Diagnostic System and one stainless steel sink and faucet.

The patient-intake/lab room hosts a 6’x30” slide-out room with a bench seat and desk. Opposite of the slide-out room, the vehicle hosts another single bench seat and Freeman Handi-Flip seat. The ADA Accessible bathroom and lab area contain a Follet Medical Grade Refrigerator and Freezer, a stainless steel sink with an overhead Microwave. The rear exam room includes one Midmark 630 Barrier Free Power Exam Table, a 7’x30” slide-out room with a desk and overhead cabinets. The rear exam room also hosts a Ricon Corp S-Series ADA compliant Wheelchair Lift.

The exterior graphics were completed by SoCal Graphics in Fontana, California. The mobile medical clinic was delivered early December 2012. After their licensing is complete, the staff of San Ysidro Health Center will utilize their mobile clinic to service several schools within their district. Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc. worked diligently to manufacture a unique clinic that would meet the specific needs of the customer. USV always strives to provide their customers with top of the line service and a great long lasting impression.

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