The Foskey Veterinary Clinic was Dr. Richard Reinap's first veterinary job after graduating from Texas A&M in May. Despite
predictions of the storm's path, the clinic remained open.
"Communication here is poor, and everyone is working in immense heat with no air conditioning or electricity to speak of,"
Reinap says. "The ability to practice at the level you want is not an option; there are no X-rays, ultrasounds and limited
diagnostic abilities. There isn't even running water."
The roof was torn off the boarding facility behind the clinic while animals were inside, Reinap says. However, no animals
Reinap decided to help TVMA deliver supplies to veterinary practices in need after Rita hit. Since city officials are telling
residents not to return home until after electricity is restored, he predicts that the biggest concern for practitioners now
the storm has past is getting back to the level of business before the hurricane.
"A lot of people will be out of a job or will have used their disposable income because of the evacuation," Reinap says. "Things
like updating vaccines and routine exams will not be a priority."