• For Nicaragua trips, comfortable rain shoes are a must. You may have to wear them for the entire trip
  • Re require that volunteers have their own headlamp and hoof knife/hoof pick because:
        1. They tend to get lost otherwise and RVETS doesn't have the budget to buy new ones all the time
        2. You will need this equipment in your professional career
        3. Students should learn to not waste money on cheap toolsDue to the amount of equipment that is             lost by volunteers on each trip, we now require students to bring with them their own headlamp             (specifically for equine dentistry), and their own hoof knife.  This is equipment that you will need             for your future practice if you plan on doing equine work.
  • Headlamp, must be a good headlamp, at least 250 lumens and some rechargeable batteries
            Princeton Tec Apex Rechargeable 275 Lumens Headlamp
            Princeton Tec Apex Rechargeable 275 Lumens Headlamp
  •   Acceptable hoof knives: - left or right handed best deal is http://www.centaurforge.com/Tools/departments/82/
            Anvil Brand Classic Hoof Knife, Regular Handle 
            Anvil Brand Classic Hoof Knife, Long Handle 
            Bloom Offset Right Hand Hoof Knife (Curved Blade)
            F. Dick Hoof knife 
            Hall Hoof Knife, Drop Blade
            Bloom Forge Loop Knife
            Hall Medium Searcher Loop Knife
            Dusky Forge Discoverer Loop Knife
  • Also buy a hoof pick. The ones with bigger wooden or plastic handles are better but it doesn't make a lot of difference. Hoof knife, we recommend "the knife"
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Camping mattress 
  • Towel 
  • Comfortable shoes appropriate for equine work
  • Scrubs tops 
  • Jeans or other appropriate pants, not scrub pants 
        (Do not need to be nice pants, field work is DIRTY.  We may be In the mud, it may be hot)
  • Sweatshirt and/or jacket or other warm layer
  • Roll of toilet paper (not kidding)
  • Personal items for the duration of the trip 
  • Mess kit with a plate, cup, and utensils, doesn’t need to be designed to cook in, just to eat off of 
  • Refillable water bottle 
  • Stethoscope 
  • Pens 
  • Permanent marker (Sharpie) 
  • Small notepad (pocket-sized) 
  • Watch that counts seconds (buckle type can be attached to your belt for surgery) 


  • Snacks or other ready to eat personal food / beverage items as needed 
  • Coffee, personal coffee press.  coffee availability is not guaranteed
  • Ear plugs and/or sleeping mask 
  • Insect repellent and sun block -- equine students will be outside, unsheltered, the insect can be

We cannot guarantee the security of your belongings on the trip; please do not bring unnecessary items or valuables.

Rural Veterinary Experience, Training, and Service
Volunteer Checklist

Once you have recieved notification of acceptance to a trip:

1.     Review all required training materials on the website. 

2.     Submit test questions no later than 30 days prior to the trip.  
   We do not yet have an online pre-trip test.  Instead, each applicant will be expected to write 10 test questions.   These questions should reflect the information available on the website, and may be put into an online test at a later date.  This shows us that you have read and thought about the information provided.  

3.     Make travel arangements and submit your travel plans to us no later than 30 days prior to the trip.  Keep in mind if you are arriving the day before the meeting, that you are responsible for your own accomodations prior to the first meeting, and after we return to the meeting site on the last day of the trip.

4.     Review the "what to bring" list below.