JULY 5-10, 2020

July 5, 2020 at 12:00 P.M.
Location TBA
Lower Brule, SD

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.

You must be ready to meet your group at the time and location indicated.  If you are flying into the area, we highly recommend that you fly in the night before to avoid missing your team due to flight changes or other delays. You will be responsible for coordinating your own ground transportation throughout the clinic.

Veterinary and veterinary technician 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 clinics will be responsible for their own accommodations July 9 & 10. You will be on your own from the time clinics end on July 9 until the appointed meeting time on July 11.

For volunteers participating in just the Lower Brule trip, July 9 will be the last working day of the trip.  Departure time will be dependent on case load and community needs, but we can expect to leave the community early evening on the 9th.  You may book your flight out anytime July 10. 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 arrival and departure times.

You will be part of a team of volunteers working on the Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota. We will be providing three days of small animal spay/neuter and one day of vaccine/wellness services. (    

There will be a $450 minimum fundraising commitment for veterinary student participants for the combined two-week trip (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.