The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Rural Area Veterinary Services program combines high quality direct-care veterinary field clinics with clinical training for future veterinary professionals to improve the health and welfare of animals in remote rural communities.
Each year, we provide over $1 million in free veterinary services to more than 8,000 animals, in over 40 communities through HSVMA-RAVS. We also provide invaluable hands-on training for hundreds of future veterinary professionals.
Our teaching programs include training in medicine and surgery as well as community education and recognition of animal health problems in economically disadvantaged populations.
Through these efforts, we provide care for animals in need, improve the skills of veterinarians and veterinary technicians and inspire their participation in animal protection efforts.
Each year, HSVMA Rural Area Veterinary Services (HSVMA-RAVS) provides more than $1.2 million in free veterinary care to more than 7,000 animals in under-served rural communities throughout the United States and around the world. With our service-learning approach, veterinary students work directly with experienced professional mentors providing essential care to animals in need and gaining valuable hands-on experience.
Helping Communities Everywhere
Here's a look at the HSVMA-RAVS 2011 clinic in South Dakota, where people lined up for hours to be seen.
The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association are tax- deductible to the extent permitted by law. The HSVMA's tax identification number is 22-2768664.