November 12, 2019: Clinic schedule for 2020 posted. Applications accepted for new and returning veterinary/veterinary technician student volunteers.
November 25, 2019: Deadline for student applications.
Dec 1, 2019: Applications accepted for non-student professional volunteers. Applications for veterinarians, technicians and other non-student volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis (no deadline).

Before applying, be sure to read the entire Volunteer Information section of this site and review the Trip Details page for each trip you are applying for. Some clinics have different volunteer requirements and opportunities that you should be aware of prior to applying.

For registration information and application see the Volunteer Application page.

Trip Dates: The posted start date for all trips is the day that volunteers must be on site. The end date is the day that volunteers can leave for home. Volunteers are expected to participate for the entire duration of the trip.

Trips listed as "FULL" cannot accommodate any additional veterinary student applicants. If you are a student, do not select these trips or your application will be disregarded.

The FULL designation pertains to veterinary students only. Professional volunteers are encouraged to apply for all trips-even those listed as FULL. Applications for veterinarians, technicians and other experienced non-student volunteers are accepted at any time. Updated notes will be posted in the Trip Details section when a clinic is fully staffed for professional volunteers as well.

If selecting more than one trip, you MUST indicate on your application (on the trip selection page) if you are available for all of the selected trips or just one.

The US schedule is currently unavailable.


Volunteer Selection: Assignments are NOT made on a first-come basis. All volunteers will be subject to a selection process based on year in school, prior experience and organizational need. Selection will be designed to provide a balance of experience and skill levels. New volunteers are encouraged to apply! Note that mid-summer clinics (June-Aug) have a much higher application rate. If you are available to participate in a winter, spring or fall clinic, these trips generally allow a greater chance of acceptance.

Consecutive Trips: To provide the greatest opportunity for learning and skill development, many trips are set up so that student rosters are scheduled as 2 consecutive week teams. Veterinary students will be required to participate in both weeks in these cases.

Professional volunteers are welcome to apply for only one week of a 2 week consecutive combination, but are encouraged to apply for both weeks if possible to provide greater continuity in the team.

For 2020 the following clinics are considered consecutive trip combinations. Veterinary and veterinary technician students are required to participate in both weeks in these cases:
Cheyenne River, SD (1) and Cheyenne River, SD (2)
Lower Brule, SD and Pine Ridge, SD
Spirit Lake, ND and Turtle Mountain, ND

The Quinault and Colville, WA clinics are posted as one-week clinics. Students are encouraged to apply for both weeks. Applicants available to participate in both weeks will be given priority.

HSVMA Student Membership: All student applicants will automatically receive a complimentary HSVMA student membership. For information on member benefits and services visit