Supporter Spotlight: Carrying on the Work of Dr. Ovitsky

Dr Ovitsky

The Dr. Dennis J. Ovitsky Veterinary Care Fund was established in Dr. Ovitsky’s memory by his family upon his passing in 2008 for the purpose of treating service dogs in our training program with severe or unusual medical conditions.

Dr. Ovitsky served on the NEADS Board of Directors from 1991 until his passing, and was actively involved in many aspects of the organization.  Dr. “O”, as he was affectionately known by his friends and colleagues at NEADS, was a major contributor to the design and development of our Princeton campus. He was a strong supporter of our Service Dogs for Veterans (even naming one of the program’s dogs Ruthie in memory of his mother), the Prison PUP Program, participated in our delegation to South Africa to introduce service dogs for the People to People Program, and assisted several clients in raising funds and providing veterinary care for their service dogs.

Since the onset of the fund, several of our service dogs have received treatment for various severe and/or urgent gastrointestinal, respiratory and dermatological conditions.  In memory of the 10th anniversary of Dr. Ovitsky’s passing this May 14th, his family, along with us at NEADS, would like to encourage you to donate to this fund to help ensure that we can continue to provide prompt and effective medical treatment to our service dogs who need additional levels of care.