Volunteers are not selected on a first-come basis. A number of factors will be considered when selecting trip rosters, including previous experience, prior clinic performance and organizational need. Volunteer selection is at the sole discretion of RAVS staff. Trip rosters will be designed to provide a balance of experience and skill levels. New volunteers are encouraged to apply!

Please review all volunteer requirements and trip details before applying.


1. Read ALL of the information on the Volunteer Requirements page of this website and be sure that you understand what will be required BEFORE applying for any trips. If you have questions or concerns that are not covered in this material, please contact us by email.

2. Submit a Volunteer Application online (link below).
You will need to indicate which trip(s) you are interested in participating in. If selecting more than one trip on the application, you must indicate on your application if you are available for all of the selected trips or just one or two.

3. You will receive an auto-generated email acknowledgement of your application within 24 hours of its receipt.

4. You will be notified by email (generally within 3-4 weeks of applying) as to the status of your application.

This notification will indicate that you have either:

A) Been conditionally accepted to the trip roster*
Been accepted to the waitlist for the trip to act as a backup in the event a volunteer on the roster should drop off, or
C) Have not been accepted to the trip(s) you applied for

* A background release request will be included in your acceptance notice. A basic background check will be required of all volunteers before final acceptance is confirmed.

You will receive separate notification of your status for each trip you have applied for.

Unfortunately, there are a limited number of roster and waitlist positions and not all applicants can be accepted. We generally receive 2-3 applications for every available student position. Check the schedule page for updated opportunities.


Note on volunteer application types:
Veterinarian: U.S. licensed veterinarians
Veterinary Technician, licensed: credentialed veterinary technicians (RVT, CVT, LVT)
Veterinary Technician, unlicensed: veterinary assistant working in the field > 1 year
Veterinary Student: current student of accredited veterinary school.
Foreign graduate veterinarians/ECFVG students should apply as veterinary student (limited opportunities)
Veterinary Technician Student: current student of accredited technician program
Other/Support: includes pre-vet students with < 1 yr clinical experience, shelter/animal control staff, educators and other non-veterinary support personnel.