Rusk Veterinary Assistance Grants provide funds to supplement a veterinarian’s charitable care for animals of low-income families or for families that have an undue financial burden due to extenuating circumstances. A primary goal of the Rusk Veterinary Assistance Grant is to keep the human-animal bond intact by resolving medical issues that will restore the animal’s health.
The Rusk Veterinary Assistance Grants is a last-resort financial option intended to support a one-time surgical or medical intervention for an animal with a good to excellent prognosis. Without such emergency funding, an otherwise treatable animal might be unnecessarily euthanized, relinquished, and/or endure excessive suffering.
To be eligible for a Rusk Veterinary Assistance Grant, the veterinarian must:
- Must be a licensed veterinarian and be a TVMA Member in good standing
- Practice must be located in the state of Texas
- A reasonable effort must be made to discount services in Rusk Veterinary Assistance Grant cases
- Provide the patient’s medical records
A case selected by the applying veterinary practice must meet the following criteria:
- The client must reside in the state of Texas
- The client demonstrates financial need and can make a financial
contribution toward the cost of the animal’s care
- There must be evidence of a significant and compelling human-animal
bond between the client and patient.
- The client is willing and able to provide recommended follow-up care
- The client must submit the pet owner questionnaire. Link below.
- Rescue groups, animal shelters and animal humane society type nonprofits are ineligible for a Rusk Veterinary Assistance Grant.
- Staff members of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and Texas
Veterinary Medical Foundation and Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation Board of Trustees are ineligible for a Rusk Veterinary Assistance Grant.
- Is subject to available funding
- Is limited to $2,000 per veterinary practice per calendar year; may be approved up to $1,000 per case
- Is limited to one grant per household unless a special exemption is provided by the Executive Director and/or the appointed designee
- Must be used for a one-time surgical or medical intervention that will improve the prognosis and well-being of the patient, and is not meant for treating chronic conditions
- Cannot be used for a treatment that was rendered more than two weeks prior to submission of application
- May not be used for spay/neuter procedures unless spay/neuter is essential to the continued health of the animal
- Will take the animal’s age and other underlying issues under consideration in the determination of the Rusk Veterinary Grant award.
Examples of Appropriate Cases with Otherwise Healthy and Stable Animals:
- Stage 1 heartworm treatment
- Humane euthanasia
- Cystotomy for Urolith
- Abscessed tooth or acute dental issue
- Uncomplicated pneumothorax
- Parvovirus (stable patient with good to excellent prognosis)
- Simple fracture repair with excellent prognosis or amputation
- Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus (GDV) or foreign body
Examples of Inappropriate Cases:
- Chronic renal faliure
- Chemotherapy or amputation due to osteosarcoma or complex fracture repair
- Recurring uroliths or urethral obstruction
- Hemoabdomen due to cancer
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- Oral Cancer
- Congestive heart failure
- Private cremation
The TVMF Grants Committee wil lreview all applications. The applying veterinarian(s) must be reachable during the review process in the event of additional questions.
- Clinic W-9: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf
- Treatment Plan and itemized estimate for services
- Pet owner questionniare completed by your client: https://form.jotform.com/212006632635043.
Notification of grant awards are made directly by the TVMF Director and/or appointed designee within five business days (Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays) of receiving the application. 24 to 48-hour notification applies only to applicants that are in a life-threatening situation.
- Patient medical records must be submitted to TVMF from date of original visit and include rechecks as related to the approved treatment.
- The veterinary clinic will collect the signed release and consent form from the client and submit it to TVMF
- Grant payments are paid directly to the veterinary clinic upon TVMF’s receipt of a final invoice and the signed release and consent form. Payment will NOT be made directly to the client.
- Payment will not be made to other providers beyond the veterinary clinic associated with the grant award.
Contact Leah Ann Tibbitts, COO, at 512-452-4224 or Ltibbitts@tvma.org.