JUNE 23-29, 2019

June 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Best Western Ramkota
2111 N. Lacrosse St
Rapid City SD 57701

This is a standard full-team RAVS medical and surgical field teaching clinic. Volunteers of all types are encouraged to apply.   No prior field experience required.

We will meet in the parking lot at the designated meeting location and caravan to the clinic site as a group.   You must be ready to depart together at the time indicated. If you are flying to this location we highly recommend that you fly in the night before to avoid missing your team due to flight changes or other delays.

Veterinary Student volunteers will be required to participate in both the Lower Brule and Pine Ridge, SD clinics.  Professional volunteers are encouraged to participate in both weeks if at all possible. Volunteers participating in both weeks of clinic will be responsible for their own accommodations June 21 & 22. You will be on your own from the time clinics end on the 21st until the appointed meeting time on June 23.

June 28 will be the last working day of the trip. We will return to Rapid City late the evening of the 28th. You may book your flight out anytime June 29. Please do not book flights earlier than this. We expect volunteers to participate for the duration of the clinic. You will be responsible for arranging your own accommodations prior to and after the pick-up and drop-off times..

You will be part of a team of volunteers working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We will be providing five days of small animal spay/neuter and wellness services in various communities on the reservation. There is some travel to the clinic sites each day. Shared transportation to minimize the number of vehicles in the caravan is crucial.  Please network with other volunteers to arrange carpools.  (

There will be a $425 minimum fundraising commitment for veterinary student participants for the combined two-week clinic (Lower Brule and Pine Ridge). This contribution helps to support RAVS field clinics and to offset a small portion of the expense of operating our student teaching program. This fundraising component is not required for veterinarians, veterinary technicians/ assistants, tech students or non-veterinary support volunteers though all are welcome to participate. For additional information, see the Student Contribution page.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:  Veterinarians and veterinary technicians are eligible to receive 30 hours of RACE approved continuing education credit for participation in this clinic.  Clinical training and orientations will include topics in anesthesia, surgery, client communication, examination and wellness care, assessment and treatment of various infectious diseases and injuries and provision of high quality basic veterinary services in the field setting.