For more than two decades, the Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program has worked to expand access to veterinary care in underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular animal health services unavailable.

RAVS’ veterinary teams have treated more than 170,000 animals, providing a range of services valued at more than $33 million - all at no cost to the clients or communities we serve. In addition, our field training programs have provided life-changing service-learning opportunities for more than 9,700 veterinary and veterinary technician students and professionals.

The RAVS program expands access to animal health resources via three interconnected approaches:

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 Humane Society of the United States and our work to end suffering for all animals visit

2024 Travel Scholarships Available!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Banfield Foundation, a limited number of travel scholarships will be available for RAVS 2024 clinic volunteers. The aim of the scholarship is to expand access to field clinic opportunities for volunteers who bring an underrepresented perspective to the field and those who may have financial or other barriers to participation. The scholarship is open to credentialed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and currently enrolled veterinary and veterinary technician students participating in a RAVS field clinic in 2024.

CLICK HERE for scholarship information and application.

Note: Interested candidates must submit BOTH a clinic application AND scholarship application to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

The Fund for Animals and the HSUS are merging

For more than 15 years, the Humane Society of the United States has supported and worked side-by-side with the Fund for Animals to provide lifesaving care for the animals in greatest need. We are now deepening our relationship. Over the coming months, the two organizations intend to merge, fully integrating the Fund for Animals into the Humane Society of the United States. The Fund for Animals (which operates Black Beauty Ranch, Duchess Sanctuary and Rural Area Veterinary Services) has been an affiliate of the HSUS and part of its family of organizations since 2005. This merger will make us even more effective in providing care for animals in crisis.

RAVS will continue to operate at the HSUS as we always have - bringing essential care to animals in under-served communities while providing high-impact service learning opportunities for veterinary students and professionals - and your support will continue to be essential.

More information on merger