These photographs tell the story of veterinarians and students from Iowa and the Crow Creek Reservation community with their animals as they come together on a weekend in June of 2018 in Ft. Thompson, South Dakota. Dr. Tamara Swor enters the surgical area (above).
The Ft. Thompson firehall is transformed into a medical and surgical unit. Here, a kitten is under anesthesia while undergoing a surgical procedure.
Vet student Kayla Schaefer (left), veterinary technician Lisa Smith (center) and student Danielle Kaitz (right) prepare to administer anesthesia to a dog from the local community.
Vet students Bridgid Lemburg (left) and Daniella Kaitz (right) examine a Chihuahua mix.
Owners and their animals line up along the road in front of the fire hall to receive medical treatment for their pets.
Dogs wait in the back of a pickup truck to be seen at the clinic.
A field and the back of Christ Episcopal Church in Ft. Thompson.
Scenes from the town of Ft. Thompson.
Veterinarian student Marta Andelson assists during equine castration procedure.
The rear leg of a horse is restrained during surgery.
The equine clinic is held in a rodeo arena outside Ft. Thompson.
Mike Coleman (left), Steve Martin of Iowa State University (center) and Brian Schwerin (right) volunteer to help out with the equine clinic.
Three young girls and their donkey wait at the clinic.
Local boys riding ponies.
Ken Four Cloud and his granddaughter ride his mare Black Rose through the arena. Ken is part of a group which rides to Minnesota on horseback each year to commemorate the Mankato massacre of 1862.
Marlow Medicine Crow, Jr. with his horse after surgery.
The veterinary clinic treated around 30 horses at the Sgu Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi (Bringing the Family Back to Life) therapeutic riding center on the Rosebud Reservation. Macy Valandra works as a horse handler at the center
Jamall Highcrane, a horse handler, helps with a foal at Sgu Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi.
Dan Morrison, horse handler at the therapeutic riding center.