Quality care for animals in need

For nearly two decades, the Rural Area Veterinary Services program has provided essential veterinary services in underserved rural communities—improving the health and welfare of thousands of individual animals and their families each year.

Since 2003, we’ve treated more than 130,000 animals in need, providing a range of services from emergency surgery to spay/neuter and wellness care. Our experienced veterinary teams have delivered over $25 million in high quality no-cost veterinary services in remote communities where care is otherwise not available.

Mentoring the next generation of veterinary professionals

RAVS veterinary and veterinary technician student teaching programs promote a humane professional ethic while increasing the pool of skilled veterinary professionals inspired to provide care to those without. Working with experienced professional mentors, students receive intensive hands-on clinical training in anesthesia and surgery, medicine and infectious disease management as well as vital experience in client communication and community education.

The satisfaction that students experience in helping to improve the quality of life for animals and their families directly influences their perspectives on veterinary medicine and on their future career goals. As our student alumni graduate and move in to practice, this experience will serve to raise the quality of life and extension of compassionate veterinary care to animals in communities everywhere.

Veterinary engagement

At the core of the Rural Area Veterinary Services program are our veterinary professional volunteers. These highly skilled veterinarians and veterinary technicians from all over the country take time away from their jobs and their lives—often sacrificing vacations or holidays—to generously share their skills and expertise. Student volunteers who work with these inspiring professionals often find a level of support and mentorship they have not previously experienced.

These committed professionals drive the success of the RAVS program and our mission of providing essential care to animals in desperate need while training and inspiring the next generation to create a better world for animals and the people who love them in every community.

More than 130,000 animals treated

7,800 volunteers contributed more than 765,000 volunteer hours

More than $26 million in free veterinary care provided