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 135,000 animals, providing a range of services valued at more than $26 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 8,200 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