Dr. Dawn Alves has died, according to a statement posted online on June. 19, 2020.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
Some extremely sad news to share. Another huge loss to our equine community here in Northern California. Dr. Dawn Alves was tragically killed yesterday after sustaining a kick from a mule.
She has been an equine veterinarian for many, many years and loved and respected by many. Our hearts are breaking with this news and our condolences, prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends during this incredibly difficult time!
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Dr Dawn Alves-Rice- an equine veterinarian from California was killed today by one of her patients. I met Dr Dawn at a veterinary meeting 2 years ago and while I didn’t know her well she and I immediately connected as equine vets and our mutual love of cutting horses. Another colleague Dr Susan Stidham summed up so eloquently how I feel and her words follow: “And I cried. I cried for a woman who I barely knew, one who I am connected to through our shared passion for our profession and our dedication to our patients. By all accounts she was amazing, caring, fearless and competent. A dedicated and compassionate veterinarian simply doing her job. And just like that, she was kicked into a wall by her patient, suffered a severe head injury and died at the hospital. One minute she is treating her patient;the next minute she is gone.
We do what we do because we care. Like me Dawn tried to be all things to all people. She tried to be Superwoman. We rarely say NO. We do emergency calls at all hours of the night, 365 days a year because horses don’t get sick or injured at convenient times. We strive to heal animals that can’t tell us what is wrong, aren’t always cooperative and are large enough to kill us or deliver a career ending injury. And we don’t do it because it is so financially lucrative, as we will never be counted among “the rich.” We do it to heal and relieve the suffering of the magnificent animals that we call our patients. We bring them into the world and we sometimes have to ease them from the world…all while we reassure, cry with and hold the hands of their owners. Appreciate those around you. Recognize the efforts and sacrifices others make whether it is your veterinarian, farrier or trainer. Dawn died doing what she dedicated her life to. I understand it because I live it. Bless you Dawn for your dedication. Rest In Peace. My sincerest sympathy to her family and friends.”