HSVMA-RAVS SAFETY POLICY
Every effort is made to maintain volunteer safety during
HSVMA field expeditions. All volunteers must read, and
agree to comply with the HSVMA-RAVS Safety Policy prior to participation.
Volunteers will sign a release at the start of each clinic
which includes a statement that they understand the safety
policies and rabies prevention protocol described here
and that they will provide their own medical insurance.
By participating in a HSVMA-RAVS clinic, you are agreeing to release The Humane Society of the United States, The HSVMA, its staff and consultants, and the supervising veterinarians from liability for injuries that may occur during the trip or while traveling to the site.
Volunteers will be required to have personal health insurance, and to carry an insurance card on the trip. All volunteers traveling outside of the United States are required to purchase additional evacuation insurance. These policies are inexpensive and will guarantee transportation back to a U.S. hospital if a serious injury or illness occurs.
We recommend that all volunteers have previous vaccination for rabies and a titer check within the past two years. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to have this done. Volunteers who have not been vaccinated or do not have an acceptable titer will be able to handle animals at clinics ONLY after signing a release of liability form which places all responsibility for post-exposure treatment and medical expenses related to the rabies exposure on the volunteer.
If confronted with an animal who they feel poses a threat, volunteers are to alert the HSVMA-RAVS staff in charge of the clinic. Training materials including information on safe animal handling will be required reading for all volunteers prior to the clinic. At the start of all trips an orientation will be held including a talk on animal handling and bite prevention.
If a bite occurs, it is the volunteer’s responsibility to alert the Trip Leader in charge immediately. HSVMA-RAVS personnel will make arrangements for the volunteer to receive medical care at a local medical clinic. The volunteer will be responsible for any charges incurred. The physician at the local clinic will make recommendations on post exposure rabies prophylaxis and wound treatment.
Volunteers in foreign countries must realize that medical care comparable to what is customary in the United States may not be readily available. For this reason all volunteers travelling outside the United States are required to purchase evacuation insurance.
Volunteers are informed that they must read all of the information posted on the HSVMA-RAVS website (www.ruralareavet.org) when they are accepted to a trip. Participation in HSVMA-RAVS' clinics implies that the volunteer has read and agrees to comply with the above guidelines.