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Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) The Humane Society of The United States


The veterinary student will gain clinical experience in population control through rural area veterinary services. The opportunity provides the veterinary student the experience of a trap and release spay/neuter program. Wild dogs and locally owner pets can be presented for basic medical treatment and castration/ovariohysterectomy procedures. Experience in basic medial care, anethesia planning, induction, surgical technique and monitoring will be gained.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

Susan Monger, DVM RAVS International Program Director Dr. Monger graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She spent 10 years in small animal private practice and has worked for RAVS since 1999 leading trips from the Dakotas to Paraguay. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Monger organizes teaching clinics throughout Latin America. Additional licensed veterinarians will be available and participating in the experience to aid in the veterinary student experience.

Educational Resources

Hands on experience with informal teaching rounds will be provided as time permits.


Students expected to organize travel arrangement to the documented destination and work as a fluent part of the veterinary team in the process of the medical, spay and neuter clinic. Critical thinking, medical expertise, problem solving and communication skills are a must.

Student Supervision

The student will work everyday during the experience for 8-12 hours under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. This will last the length of the trip experience or as deemed appropriate to meet the externship requirement. Approximately 10 full work days.


Yes - housing is provided in the local region assigned for the trip.

Practice Information

Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS)
The Humane Society of The United States
1708 Alguno Road
Austin, TX 78757

ph: 512-452-3087
fax: 512-452-3087


Signature on file: Susan Monger, DVM
Updated on: 2/5/08

various locations in North & South America
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