WHO WE ARE
The RVETS staff consists of:
Eric Davis DVM, a graduate of the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, 1977. Dr. Davis worked as a farrier prior to his veterinary training and has experience in private practice, veterinary academia, specialty practice, and veterinary aid programs. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and theAmerican College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (LA). While a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, in 1996, Dr. Davis started Remote Area Medical Veterinary Services, to provide veterinary care on Indian Reservations, rural eastern Tennessee, and northern Guatemala. From the beginning this program was very popular with veterinary students and eventually developed into RAVS (Rural Area Veterinary Services), with projects in 14 states and 6 Latin American countries, treating thousands of dogs, cats, horses, mules, donkeys, and other animals every year. Currently, Dr. Davis’s interest in spending more time working directly with students and concentrating on world equine health problems has launched his involvement in RVETS.
Cindy Davis has spent years working with horses in the context of the thoroughbred farm, the teaching hospital, and the referral practice. She has more than 12 years experience as a surgical assistant, field anesthetist, and veterinary nurse, 8 of those years at the University of California’s veterinary teaching hospital. She has taught hundreds of students the basics of equine veterinary care, including bandaging, catheter placement, and horse handling. She has been responsible for maintaining sedation for endoscopic and surgical procedures, training horses for treadmill tests, preparing horses for anesthesia. Since she began working with the RAVS program in 2003, she has anesthetized over a three thousand horses in all sorts of field situations. Many of her patients have been completely untrained range horses on reservations, where her superior horse handling skills have proven essential in her completing these procedures safely. As part of her position with RAVS Cindy developed and published a detailed equine procedures curriculum that is required of all RAVS volunteers who participate in equine programs. Carrying this curriculum to the field clinics, she has consistently received high ratings from student volunteers for her teaching. Her experience having been responsible for all logistics and equipment organization for the entire RAVS program, as well as scheduling and community negotiations for the equine program every year, has made her the ideal driving force behind the RVETS program. Finally, Cindy has experience and certification in a variety of aspects of animal disaster response.
Eric Davis DVM MS DACVS DACVIM
Cindy Davis RVT
The founders of the program have over 45 years of veterinary experience, and 70 years of equine experience between them. They have been providing care to animals in underserved areas for more than 15 years