The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association-Rural Area Veterinary Services program (HSVMA-RAVS) is a non-profit veterinary outreach program combining community service and veterinary education to bring free veterinary services to underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible.
In 2012, the program's six staff members and more than 400 volunteers provided veterinary care for animals in over 40 communities where no other animal services exist, including communities on Native American reservations throughout the United States, remote villages in Latin America and around the world.
Each year HSVMA-RAVS provides nearly $1.5 million in free veterinary services to more than 8,000 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.
This website is primarily intended to provide information to prospective RAVS volunteers. If you would like to learn more about other HSVMA membership and programs please visit us at www.hsvma.org