Years of experience have taught us that there is a real need to standardize our teaching protocols in order to optimize the student’s experience.  They may differ from those you are accustomed to, but they are pretty “main stream”.  If there is something you do not understand or disagree with, you are strongly encouraged to contact us ahead of your scheduled trip.  When protocols are not standardized, the student’s learning experience is compromised, and this reflects poorly on our program.  For this reason we must ask that you familiarize yourself with our protocols.

“After a decade in private practice and nearly two decades in veterinary academia I have found that the opportunities to work with animals afforded by RVETS are some of the most fulfilling that I have ever encountered. The chance to help develop the next generation of veterinary professionals, while helping people and animals in need is a combination that is hard to beat. I hope you will consider volunteering with RVETS, and sharing your skill and knowledge.”

Eric Davis, DVM
Director, RVETS

Keep in mind while reading the training materials that you will need to submit ten test questions, at least one from each training module, 30 days prior to the trip.

The "Drug Log Basics"  (Controlled Substance Downloads) page is only for those interested.  It was added to the site due to requests from students and recent graduates. It is not a required pre trip training module.


 2-18-2011; Updated pinning intractable patients and doing chute work to the anesthesia basics page,updated anesthesia basics PDF

 2-21-2011; Updated anesthesia tables, minor changes to range of use table, adjusting your premed & induction tables

  5-8-2011; Updated aging charts and added aging photos.  These changes have not yet been made to the PDF.

 8-24-2011; Updated castration page, made corrections 

 8-26-2011; Updated splitting the cord photos, (thanks go out to James Westin for the photos)

   9-4-2011; Published Understanding the Cryptorchid page

   9-6-2011; Updated notes on handling (introduction), Updated intractable patients section (anesthesia)

 1-11-2012;Updated/corrected reading anesthetic depth chart, eye position reversed

 2-25-2012; Updated cryptorchid page, spelling errors in text and diagram, updated cryptorchid basics PDF, updated RVETS equine binder pdf

   3-4-2012; Added Suture Basics page/video

   9-8-2012; Added Suture Board Construction to "Suture Basics" page

12-23-2016; Added Anesthesia Video, added expanded anesthesia dosing chart, updated triple drip to 2 charts, one for horses, one for donkeys and mules

Would you like to see other training modules?  Just send me a request.  Adding information to the site does take time, but we want the site to cover what you need, even when it does not pertain to our clinics.


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Rural Veterinary Experience, Teaching and Service;  Our Protocols

Our protocols may be different from what you are used to, and there are reasons for the choices that we have made.  Our choices are simple, safe, effective and utilize the supplies and equipment that are available to us.  


The "R-VETS Binder" file below is all of the downloads in one, but is a large file.  The 8 files below are offered as an alternative, if you have trouble downloading the larger single file.  The larger file is the most current R-VETS information available (the suture basics information is in video format and is not in this document.  The suture basics is a required part of the R-VETS training for veterinary volunteers)
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Our training materials can be viewed online using the menu to the right or downloaded using the icons at the bottom of this page. Updating these materials will be an ongoing process. We hope that you find them useful.