VOLUNTEER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Training Materials | Pre-Trip Evaluation | Practical Exam
Veterinary/Technician Student Information

Training Materials
All HSVMA-RAVS volunteers are required to review the online Training Materials and must be familiar with all protocols and clinical procedures that are taught in our clinics.

The protocols and techniques presented here have been developed to provide a standard level of care for the animals treated in our field clinics and allow for a standardized teaching curriculum. All volunteers are expected to follow these protocols and recommendations as they are written. If you have any difficulty accessing the information, have questions about the material, or concerns about a specific protocol, please contact Windi Wojdak by email (wwojdak@hsvma.org) well before your scheduled trip.

Pre-Trip Evaluation
An online Training Evaluation will be required of all volunteers, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, students and other volunteers. The training evaluation is intended to review the clinic training materials available here and to ensure that all volunteers are familiar with HSVMA-RAVS protocols and are adequately prepared. All volunteers will be required to submit a score of 80% or higher on the online evaluation at least 30 days before your scheduled trip. A new score must be submitted each calendar year.

The online training evaluation can be taken up to 2 months prior to your scheduled trip, but no later than 30 days prior. Volunteers who have not submitted a passing score 30 days before the trip will be permanently removed from the trip roster. A failing score will result in removal from all rosters for a period of 3 months, at which time the exam may be re-taken.

Practical Skills Assessment
All veterinary student volunteers will be required to participate in a practical skills assessment at the start of the clinic. This assessment will include suture patterns, knot tying, anesthesia machine setup and medical record keeping.

You must demonstrate basic competency in essential skills in order to work with patients. Students who do not pass the surgical skills portion will not participate in surgery at any level. Many students over-estimate their preparedness and/or are more nervous than expected when taking the practical exam and are dissapointed to find that they do not pass. There are no exceptions to this exam, so you will want to prepare more than you think necessary..

Detailed requirements for the practical will be outlined in the online training materials.

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Additional Note for Veterinary and Veterinary Technician Students

Successful HSVMA-RAVS volunteers show initiative and resourcefulness. Individuals all have different abilities and rates of learning. If you have to practice a technique 100 times instead of 20 to become proficient, it is expected that you will do just that. You will be adequately supervised and oriented by veterinarians and technicians who love to teach, but don't expect to be "spoon fed". We don't do that. If you are not able to commit sufficient time to study and practice prior to the clinic to be proficient at the basic skills required, this is not the program for you.

We take patient care very seriously and will not allow students to fumble through procedures on a live animal that could have been practiced on a model. The more prepared you are in advance, the more you will have a chance to do. Students who put time and effort into preparation will be given a great deal of responsibility. Those who do not prepare may scrub instruments or do paperwork for a week.

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