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Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital

Commitment to Our Community

One of the goals of Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital is to provide our community with information about their companion pets and their care.

We believe that an educated owner is a better owner. The relationship between pets and their owners is greatly strengthened and lengthened through education. If you would like us to visit your group or class or have your group come to our clinic, please call us. If you have a specific topic of interest, let us know in advance and we can tailor an onsite visit to suit your needs. Some favorite events include:

Community Education

Dr Serena Heig has been a guest speaker at the Women in Science Conference which introduces young ladies in middle and high school to the possibilities of careers in a science based field.

Dr Nick Heig has visited with classes of 3rd graders to talk about what it is like being a veterinarian and business owner

Tami has presented information to first year students at USD who are interested in a future in the medical or veterinary field.

Numerous Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Pre-schoolers and Home School groups have made CLVH a fun and educational field trip. The students get to see where the animals are seen and treated, the lab area, the radiology area and even get to peek in on the surgery room.

Several college, high school, junior high students and other physicians have spent time shadowing our staff to see firsthand how the hospital is run. This gives them insight into the daily operations of a small animal facility including annual exams, puppy and kitten programs, senior care, and scheduling.

Tami has been one of many volunteers who go around to 3rd grade classrooms to discuss the many reasons their pet should be spayed or neutered. Besides revealing to the children the reality that there are too many pets out there who do not have a home, it utilizes their math skills to calculate the number of pets that are born to 1 un-spayed female and her offspring over the course of many years. The students seem to love it too, because there are a lot of chances for them to participate and have their questions answered at the end of the activity.

Humane Society/NAU Pet Walk

An annual event held the first Saturday in May, the Humane Society/NAU Pet Walk is put on by the veterinary technician students in support of the Humane Society of the Black Hills and spay and neuter programs here in Rapid City. Besides the various programs put on and prizes to win, the veterinary hospitals in the area all come out in support and to educate pet owners on how to take even better care of their pet. Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital has been there every year, and the topics we have promoted vary from dental care to the benefits of spaying and neutering. We hope to see you there!


Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital has had several Veterinarians and Veterinarian Technicians spend their externships with us. During this time they gain working knowledge of a hospital and hands on interaction with patients

Oglala Pet Project

Oglala Pet Project (OPP) was founded by a group of volunteers on the Pine Ridge Reservation to help community members care for their animals and improve the quality of life for pets through education, spay/neuter support, pet health resources, and the re-homing or networking of abandoned, abused or unwanted pets on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We, at CLVH, have had several donation drives for food and supplies, a Christmas Tree Ornament drive and donation cans to assist OPP with their mission. Several of our team members have fostered and adopted many OPP animals. A local quilting group brings us dog beds made out of scrap material for OPP. Please keep OPP in mind when you are looking for a new family member.

Chester's Place

Chester's Place is a nonprofit group involved in trap/neuter/return of feral cats; they keep, doctor, spay/neuter, vaccinate and adopt the babies of feral mamas (mamas are fixed and returned to their outside homes). We accept any donations for Chester's Place in support of their mission.