Desert Animal Companions of the Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation Veterinary & Livestock Program

The Navajo Nation Veterinary Program was established in 1982, to provide low cost, quality veterinary services to the Navajo People. At that time, the Window Rock Clinic was established. In 1988, The Tuba City Veterinary Clinic was created (now closed), followed by the Crownpoint Veterinary Clinic (1988--Closed in 1995), the Shiprock Veterinary Clinic (1989) and the Chinle Veterinary Clinic (1993). All of these clinics are equipped to provide veterinary services to the agency communities.

Read an article about Dr. Scott Bender, a veterinarian with the Navajo Nation Veterinary & Livestock Program, in the Washington State University Veterinary Executive Report (Spring, 2003) on Dr. Bender's unique contribution to diagnosing scrapie in sheep (page 6, requires Acrobat).

Winter Feeding & Care Tips for Livestock

West Nile Virus
The Indian Health Service has released some information about the West Nile virus (MS Word, Spring, 2003). Also, read the Navajo Nation Veterinary & Livestock Program's flyer about the West Nile virus in livestock (MS Word, Spring, 2003). There is a lot of information and updates about the West Nile virus in Arizona at the AZ Department of Health Services website on West Nile.

Please print out and distribute the NNVLP Animal Care brochure in your community. (Acrobat required.)

Navajo Nation Veterinary Clinics

  • Chinle: (928) 674-2069
  • Tse Bonito, NM, Office: (505) 371-5214
  • P.O. Box 1450
    Window Rock, AZ 86515

    The Veterinary Program functions on a revolving account under the Navajo Nation. All revenues generated are replaced into the revolving account for the services for the next fiscal year's budget. As an entity of the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Veterinary Program is able to provide low cost veterinary services to the Navajo People, since the salaries are paid by the general funds of the Navajo Nation.

    Read a great article about Animal Planet's visit to the Navajo Nation in April, 2002, with a lot of background on pet overpopulation issues on the Nation and what the NNVLP is doing to help with spay/neuter programs, education, and networking with nonprofit organizations.

    NNVLP Agency Veterinary Clinics Provide:

    1. Comprehensive low cost, veterinary services. Including large and small animal surgery, orthopedic procedures, reproduction techniques, etc.
    2. Herd Health preventive management training and education for routine herd procedures.
    3. Disease diagnostics for the well being of livestock as well as the protection of public health.
    4. Conduct chapter based extension education seminars on various aspects of livestock management, nutrition, agribusiness, reproduction efficiency and training for livestock owners to become self-sufficient ranchers.
    5. Assist with the importation of new livestock genetics onto the Navajo Nation. Bulls and/or rams are sold at a reasonable cost during the annual sale.
    6. Cooperate with the federal Veterinarians in the maintenance of interstate shipment and disease control regulations for the Navajo Nation and the inter and intra-state boundaries.
    7. Provide and maintain a learning environment for veterinary externs from accredited veterinary colleges and the SAVMA Native American Project.

    Mission, Goals, & Objectives

    1. To provide reasonable cost, comprehensive veterinary medical services to each agency of the Navajo Nation; including surgery, dentistry, orthopedics, etc., for livestock and companion animals.
    2. To protect and prevent the incidence of disease onto the Navajo Nation by regulating its borders in cooperation with the State, Federal and Navajo Nation agency veterinarians.
    3. To investigate and diagnose possible disease outbreak on the Navajo Nation.
    4. To provide education and training on the proper methods and techniques for efficient livestock production and animal health.
    5. To provide solutions to address the overpopulation, animal abuse and neglect issues, livestock damage, and animal bites to our Navajo People.
    6. To provide chapter-based or community-based services on site.

    Contact Glenda Davis, Program Manager, Regulatory Program, for more information.
    Contact Dr. Kelly Upshaw-Bia, Program Manager for the Veterinary Services Program

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