Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) is a non-profit veterinary outreach program combining community service and veterinary mentorship to bring free veterinary services to underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible.

Each year six RAVS staff members and more than 350 volunteers provide essential veterinary care for more than 7,000 animals, all at no cost to the clients or communities we serve. In addition the program provides valuable training and experience for hundreds of future veterinary professionals that goes far beyond anything they could learn in a classroom alone.

The success of our program depends on the generosity of volunteers and donors who support this important work. You can help us continue by volunteering your time or making a tax-deductible donation.

This website is primarily intended to provide information to prospective RAVS volunteers. For more information on The Fund for Animals and our animal care centers visit If you would like to learn more about the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association professional membership or programs please visit