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The Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) Launch is a free, family-friendly open house celebration at Wright Animal Hospital on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness logoPlease join us if you can!

Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) Launch
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wright Animal Hospital
265 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Program Launch: 11:00 am
Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch is co-sponsored by Butler Animal Health & Merial
Floral arrangements provided compliments of Pesche’s Flowers

Meet adoptable pets from The Buddy Foundation.

To learn more about the VOP Program visit www.ovariancancersymptomawareness.org.

Wright Animal Hospital Joins Fight Against Ovarian Cancer 

Wright Animal Hospital is formally partnering with the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness (OCSA) organization Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP). The ceremonial announcement will be at the VOP Launch, where the public is invited to enjoy picnic fare sponsored by Butler Animal Health and Merial and to meet adoptable pets made available from The Buddy Foundation throughout the 2-hour event.

About the Veterinary Outreach Program

The VOP development was created by OCSA executive director, Vallie Szymanski, with strong engagement and support from the Illinois Department of Public Health and representatives from the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) and the One Health Commission. 

According to Peter Weber, ISVMA members report that pet owners talking about their pet’s health often feel comfortable talking about their own health concerns. Supplied with knowledge surrounding the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer, VOP members can exponentially increase the number of individuals receiving the message and help save lives. Leaders in the community and veterinary industry will gather to recognize the Wright Animal Hospital as one of a growing number of veterinary clinics across the state to join this innovative awareness program.

Each year, over 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 14,000 women die from the disease. There is an urgent need to share the silent symptoms so early detection and treatment are achieved, and lives are saved. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 80 percent of veterinarians graduating today are female. This increases the possibility of a personal connection to the disease and a viable tie to the purpose of the VOP.

VOP member clinics will not dispense medical advice. They will simply display brochures with messaging that help raise awareness about the disease. The brochure simply states: You take care of your pet. Your pet takes care of you. Take care of yourself. These brochures feature four symptoms to watch for, and recommends seeing a doctor should any last for longer than two weeks.

At Thursday's event, notable speakers will include Dr. Roger Mahr, Interim CEO of the One Health Commission, Dr. Kurt Klepitsch, owner of the first VOP member clinic and OCSA board member, and Vallie Szymanski, co-founder of OCSA.