Dr. Susan Monger is a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After 10 years in private practice she moved on to follow her true passion of providing veterinary care and strengthening the human-animal bond in economically challenged areas of the world. While studying Spanish in Guatemala and Mexico for a year, she began working with local veterinary providers addressing animal welfare. In 1999 she took a position with Remote Area Medical which became Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) in 2001. RAVS, a service-based, learning program, provides clinical and cultural learning experiences for veterinary students and veterinarians in both the United States and internationally.
Over the years Dr. Monger has worked domestically to provide veterinary care on Native American reservations and in Appalachian communities in the USA. Internationally, she has lead teaching programs in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Bolivia, Peru, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Sri Lanka, India and Ethiopia. Her work facilitated the development of sustainable veterinary outreach programs focusing on the organization of teaching clinics and training programs in small animal anesthesia and surgery and overseeing the HSVMA RAVS equine programs in Peru, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Continuing to pursue her passion for animal welfare, in January 2014, Dr. Monger established International Veterinary Consultants with the goal of developing sustainable veterinary care programs dedicated to improving the education of veterinary professionals and volunteers in developing areas of the world. Under her 16 year tenure as International Director of HSVMA RAVS, she developed and complied The Fundamentals and Standards of Small Animal Field Clinic Surgery, a widely used document addressing anesthesia and surgery in challenging locations.