Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health: A University of Minnesota Veterinary Student Club




With recent outbreaks of canine influenza virus throughout the Twin Cities, we want to minimize possible exposure of your pets to other dogs showing symptoms. 

Please be respectful of the distance between your dog and other dogs, please do not bring your pet to the clinic if they are showing symptoms of respiratory signs including coughing and nasal discharge.

After checking in please wait in your car if you came in one, or outside (weather permitting), to avoid crowding. 

Please note, the threat of transmission from dogs to people is extremely low. Canine influenza virus has existed for a long time and there are no known cases of transmission to people that have been documented. 

Dog owners should avoid dog parks and public places if their pet is showing symptoms. If your dog is healthy and has not had recent respiratory infection feel free to visit dog parks although be aware not every pet owner will know this information. Unfortunately, VeTouch does not offer canine influenza vaccines but clients should reach out to their local full service vet to see if they have any available. We do recommend vaccination when possible.

Our Clinic 

  • VeTouch is a volunteer-based, non-profit veterinary student club that hosts a monthly vaccine clinic for pets of Twin Cities residents receiving low/no income or experiencing houselessness. The veterinary students examine the pets under the supervision of veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
  • We provide physical exams, rabies and distemper vaccines, and flea/tick/heartworm preventatives for no cost. 
  • Since we only have 1 clinic per month and are not a full-service veterinary clinic, we are unable to see sick pets or pets with serious veterinary conditions.
  • We are a walk-in based clinic. Walk-ins are seen on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend coming early to try to secure a spot. We have been experiencing very high demand. Once we reach the maximum number of pets we are able to see for the day, we will not be able to accept any more walk-ins. 
  • Do not park in the church parking lot before 10:30 A.M. The parking lot cannot be used for VeTouch clients until after 10:30 A.M. 


Our Policies

  • Maximum of 2 pets per owner at one clinic.
  • Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. 
  • Animals older than 1 year must be spayed or neutered after their first visit to VeTouch to be seen a second time.
  • We will not accommodate pets that are used for breeding, and will not accommodate their litters of puppies/kittens 


To qualify for VeTouch services, clients need to be receiving some form of public assistance. Options for qualification include: 
  • Food Stamps 
  • Currently unhoused
  • Free or Reduced Lunch Program
  • HUD Section 8 Housing
  • Major V. A. Disability
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Assistance
  • Minnesota Care
  • SSD
  • SSI
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • WIC
  • A family of four making under $40,000 per year 

2023 Clinic Dates

January 8th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm

February 5th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm 

March 5th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm 

April 2nd, 2023: 12pm - 4pm

May 7th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm

June 4th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm

July 9th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm

August 6th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm

September 10th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm 

October 1st, 2023: 12pm - 4pm 

November 5th, 2023: 12pm - 4pm 

December 3rd, 2023: 12pm - 4pm


Clinic Location:

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church 

511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403 

Please do not enter the main door of the church. Enter the door on the left.

Do not park in the church parking lot before 10:30 A.M. The parking lot cannot be used for VeTouch clients until after 10:30 A.M. 




Sponsors: Hill's, Banfield, MVMF, IDEXX, Purina, Shepherd