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Veterinarios Internacionales Dedicados a Animales Sanos
International Veterinarians Dedicated to Animal Health

ViDAS is a non-profit organization that assembles teams of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, and animal–loving volunteers to travel internationally and provide free spay and neuter services for dogs and cats. Our mission is to provide these services in areas of need as a means of combating pet overpopulation. We strive to work together with the local community to provide education to people and aid to local veterinary groups to spark positive and sustainable change.

Our Current Mission
The Spayathon for Puerto Rico

The Spayathon for Puerto Rico is a coalition of 26 organizations that have been brought together by the Humane Society of the United States to champion an island-wide spay and neuter campaign in Puerto Rico. As a collective group, we are aiming to safely spay and neuter over 30,000 dogs and cats through four free, high-quality,high-volume spay and neuter clinics held between June 2018 and May 2019.

Round 1 – June 3-9, 2018 (5,608 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)

Round 2 – November 3-9, 2018 (8,102 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)

Round 3 – February 3-9, 2019

Round 4 – May 3-9, 2019

Find out more about The Spayathon for Puerto Rico here!


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Meet Our Board of Directors

Learn Who We Are

  • Ruth Parkin
    President & Chair

    Veterinarian – Self-Employed
    Vancouver, Washington
    Board Member Since 2002

    Ruth grew up on a small family farm in Washington State. She graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, and fell in love with Colorado. After working as a small animal veterinarian in Denver for several years, she recently moved back to Washington State to be closer to her family.

  • Laura Littlebear
    Vice President

    Veterinary Technician
    Locust Grove, Oklahoma
    Board Member Since 2017

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Kristine Ewing

    Hospital Manager, Stay-at-Home Mother
    Lone Tree, Colorado
    Board Member Since 2015

    Kristine was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Her love of the mountains brought her to Boulder to study at the University of Colorado. Afterwards, she worked as the Hospital Manager and Area Manager at a small animal clinic in Littleton, with Dr. Ruth Parkin. She lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her husband, son and Staffordshire Terrier.

  • Kate Raczak

    Veterinarian – Primary Care Animal Hospital
    Long Beach, California
    Board Member Since 2016

    Dr. Kate Raczak grew up in Aspen, Colorado. She pursued a BS at Colorado State University and then continued on at Colorado State University for veterinary school. She graduated in 2013 with her DVM, and she moved out to California shortly after graduating. She now works as a small animal general practitioner in Long Beach, California. She has been involved with ViDAS since 2012 when she attended her first clinic in Mexico. She has been hooked ever since.

  • Travis Linney
    DVM, MBA, MS
    Medical Director

    Veterinarian – Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
    Austin, Texas
    Board Member Since 2011

    Dr. Travis Linney grew up Just outside of Denver, Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. At the age of 6, after realizing his natural draw to animals, the outdoors, and all things science, he decided that being a veterinarian was his only path forward, and so it came to be. He started his college career at Colorado State University and completed his BS in Biology in 2009.

  • Catriona Macphail
    Board Member

    Veterinarian – Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO
    Board Member since 2018

    Dr. Cat MacPhail was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University. Cat completed her rotating internship, surgical residency, soft tissue/surgical oncology fellowship, and PhD all at Colorado State University (CSU). She has been on faculty at CSU as a veterinary surgeon since 2004 and became the CSU Small Animal Chief Medical Officer in 2014.

  • Katie Redd
    Student Representative

    DVM Candidate 2021 – Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    Board Member Since 2017

    Katie Redd is a Colorado native who has always had a love for animals and a passion for science and medicine. After earning her BS in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University, she worked as a veterinary technician for a local cat rescue's spay and neuter clinic. This is where she discovered her passion for helping care for homeless pets and helping every animal receive the veterinary care they need. After hearing about the amazing work ViDAS does, she went on her first trip in the summer of 2017 and became very passionate about the incredible work done at ViDAS clinics.

  • Kaitlin Volkmer
    Board Member

    Veterinary Technician
    Board Member Since 2018

    Kaitlin grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She attended Colorado State University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees before starting work as a veterinary technician in Denver, where she worked with Ruth. Kaitlin has always been a spay/neuter advocate and attended her first ViDAS clinic in August 2015. She currently works as a veterinary technician at a general practice in Conifer, Colorado and also for a mobile spay and neuter clinic, traveling to low income areas of Colorado.

  • Eric Berglund
    Advisor To The Board

    President & CEO – Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, Inc.
    Cape Coral, Florida
    Board Member Since 2008

    Bio Coming Soon!

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    I went today and I loved everything very organized the treatment to the animals super excellent indeed that this was the best. thank you very much �����

    Rivera Z.

    Thank you so much for the work your doing here in Puerto Rico. You are making a huge difference in the population that will never be on the streets, abandoned or abused with this. Thanks to all the vets, the volunteers and every person that helped make this happen. You guys are awesome!!!

    Angel V. O.

    No words could be enough to let you all know how grateful our island is for all your help and efforts. Please be free to call this little island your home and come back someday to enjoy our hospitality and love.

    Muriel R.


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