Dr. Donna Violet, of the Animal Hospital of New Albany, is not only the veterinarian for many C.C.I. patients, but she is a puppy raiser for C.C.I. as well.
C.C.I., formally known as Canine Companions for Independence, Inc., is the first and largest service dog organization in the United States, providing highly trained service dogs to children and adults with physical disabilities. Dr. Violet has raised and trained numerous C.C.I. pups, and through her practice as a veterinarian is also helping volunteers to raise and care for their C.C.I. puppies.
Henry Schein Animal Health, based in Dublin, Ohio, is the leading companion animal health product and services provider in the country. They have partnered with Canine Companions for Independence and are delivering "Henry Schein Cares - Canine Companions Puppy Raiser Care Packages" to veterinarians for their clients who volunteer to raise C.C.I. puppies. Each care package, valued at more than $300.00, contains items essential to raising and caring for the puppy during its first 18 months of life, helping to defray the costs that volunteers and veterinarians incur. Abigail Thompson, a representative from Henry Schein Animal Health, presented Dr. Violet with a plaque highlighting and applauding her role as a health care provider to C.C.I. puppies. Donna was also given a Puppy Raiser Care Package for her newest C.C.I. puppy named Regis.