About 2 weeks ago, Meg's beloved greyhound George began limping. Fearing the worst, she immediately took him in and he was subsequently diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) of his right forelimb. Gold standard of treatment is amputation of the affected limb followed by chemotherapy. Unfortunately, this typically is associated with a $2000-3000 bill, which no vet student can actually afford, especially considering the debt:pay ratio we are left with upon graduation (she is hoping to get an internship after graduation, which averages about $25,000/year).
The amazing doctors and staff at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital did everything they could to get George into a study, meaning his bills would be covered. Unfortunately, he didn't end up having a biomarker required to qualify for the study, leaving Meg with a $3000 bill. George had a rough recovery, requiring blood transfusions and extra nights in the ICU, further driving up his bill.
If you know Meg, you know she is not one to accept handouts (she may even be a little ticked I started this fund for her and George). But the most heartbreaking thing about being a vet student is that we work 12-15 hour days taking care of other people's pets, yet can't actually afford to take care of our own when they need it most.
Meg is going to be an absolutely wonderful vet in May 2018 and save SO many people's pets. I would just love to be able to help her sweet George out as well.
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