FAQ

We want to answer any questions you may have, so we put together the most frequently asked questions along with their answers just for you! If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact us!

General

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  • Why veterinarians?

    • Veterinarians provide a unique avenue in building relationships in agricultural based communities. Check out this video.

  • How did CVM get started?

    • CVM was founded by Dr. Leroy Dorminy in 1976- for more of our story, click here.

  • How do I apply for a position with CVM?

    • To apply for a position in our Seattle office, please click here. (Link to crista jobs board)

      To apply for a position serving in long-term click here, to apply for a state representative position please contact your Regional Representative.

  • Is Christian Veterinary Mission a financially trustworthy organization?

    • We appreciate every gift we receive and strive to be good stewards of those gifts so that we can make a greater impact in the lives of others. God calls us to be good stewards of the gifts we have been given, and as an organization our heart is to put God first, follow his will and operate with the utmost integrity. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 We are a part of the CRISTA Family of Ministries. As a part of CRISTA we are a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, as well as a three star charity on Charity Navigator. For more on our financial integrity, click here.

  • How are CVM field staff supported?

    • CVM long-term field staff are fully funded by a network of supporters. This is typically comprised of friends, family, churches, past coworkers and others. To help support our field staff, click here.

  • What does CVM believe?

  • Why are some of the CVM field staff not shown on the map?

    • Some of our field staff are not shown on the map due to the sensitive nature of their project and area in which they are serving. If you would like further information on the field staff, how they are doing or to sign up for their prayer letters, please contact info@cvmusa.org

Donating

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  • How do I know my payment went through?

    • If you send in your donation by mail, you will receive a hard copy receipt. If you donate online, you will receive a return email receipt of your gift.
  • Is my donation tax-deductible?

    • Yes, all donations to Christian Veterinary Mission are tax-deductible. CVM is a 501c3 organization.
  • How do I get a tax receipt?

    • You will receive a hard copy receipt for gifts given by check and for recurring donations given by direct debit or credit card, unless you request no receipts. If you choose to make your donation online the receipt is emailed to you. At year's end, you will receive a hard copy gift summary if your donations total at least $100.
  • Can I donate with a check?

    • Absolutely! To donate with a check, please make the check payable to "Christian Veterinary Mission" and mail it to: Christian Veterinary Mission 19303 Fremont Ave. North Seattle, WA 98133
  • How do I make sure my donations go where I want them to?

    • If you are making your donation online, you can be sure that your donation will go to the correct area by selecting the particular area or field staff member you wish the funds to go towards through our online donation form. If you are making your donation by check, please write your gift designation on the memo line. If you have questions regarding your gift, please contact our Donor Services Department at 206-546-7574 or by email at vvangorkom@cvmusa.org

  • Is Christian Veterinary Mission a financially trustworthy organization?

    • We appreciate every gift we receive and strive to be good stewards of those gifts so that we can make a greater impact in the lives of others. God calls us to be good stewards of the gifts we have been given, and as an organization our heart is to put God first, follow his will and operate with the utmost integrity. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 We are a part of the CRISTA Family of Ministries. As a part of CRISTA we are a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, as well as a three star charity on Charity Navigator. For more on our financial integrity, click here.

  • Where do my donations go?

    • Your donations go towards bringing God’s kingdom to here on earth by reaching people through veterinary medicine. If you have given to a specific missionary or a specific special project whether online or through the post mail, your donation will be designated to that particular area. If you have chosen to give to where the need in greatest, your donation will be used in an area that is the greatest need at this time to further reaching lives for Christ.

  • Can I set up an automatic monthly donation to a specific missionary?

    • Yes, to set up an automatic monthly donation, head to the “Support” section of the website, click on “Long-term,” and then “Field Staff.” When you select their name in the donation form, there will be an area where you may determine the frequency. This will mark it as a recurring gift. All recurring gifts are processed through credit card on the 5th or 20th of the month. When you have completed the donation form, hit the “Donate Now” button to complete the transaction.

  • How do I cancel my recurring monthly donation?

    • To cancel your recurring monthly donation, please contact our Donor Services Department at 206-546-7574 or by email at vvangorkom@cvmusa.org. You will receive acknowledgement of the cancellation of your gift.

  • How do I update my credit card information?

    • To update your card information, contact our Donor Services Department at 206-546-7574 or by email at vvangorkom@cvmusa.org.

  • How do I receive a specific field staff’s prayer letters?

    • To receive a specific missionary’s prayer letters click on “Serve,” and then “Long-Term,” which will take you to our current field staff map. Find the field staff member from whom you wish to receive prayer letters by using the search box or selecting them from the map itself. Click on their name or picture which will take you to the desired web page. Once you are on the proper page, scroll until you see, “Sign up for our prayer letter.” Click the link and fill out the form! Prayer letters are sent on a bi-monthly basis by your choice of hard copy or email.

  • Will I receive an end of the year report for my giving?

    • At the year’s end, you will automatically receive a hard copy summary of your gifts if your donations total at least $100. If your donations do not total $100 and you would like a year-end summary, please contact our Donor Services Department at 206-546-7574 or by email at vvangorkom@cvmusa.org.

  • Can I get a hard copy receipt for my web gift?

    • Yes, you may request a hard copy receipt for a web gift by contacting our Donor Services Department at 206-546-7574 or by email at vvangorkom@cvmusa.org

  • How do I cancel my monthly hard copy receipt for my gifts?

    • You may cancel monthly hard copy receipts by contacting our Donor Services Department at 206-546-7574 or by email at vvangorkom@cvmusa.org. You will still receive a year-end gift summary if your donations total at least $100.

  • Why does my email receipt for my web donation not look correct?

    • If you have any questions regarding the email receipt you receive for your web donations, please contact our Donor Services Department at 206-546-7574 or by email at vvangorkom@cvmusa.org

  • How do I go completely paperless?
    • If you want to go completely paperless with CVM, contact Vicki Van Gorkom (206-546-7574 or vvangorkom@cvmusa.org) or go on-line to set up a recurring gift by credit card or direct debit from your bank account.  At your request we can make your record “no receipts,” so you won’t receive receipts for individual gifts but will be sent a year end gift summary.

Animal Impact Program

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  • Does my donation actually purchase the animal or training?

    • Your donation is representative of the cost to provide an animal to someone in need. CVM veterinary fieldworkers work in communities providing revolving animal loans (where someone is given an animal and then "pays back" the loan with one of their animal's offspring). They also provide training, access to medicines, instruction in proper animal first aid and disease prevention. Your gift enables these fieldworkers to invest where the need is greatest. Relationships built through these interactions often provide opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ. CVM opens doors in communities through veterinary medicine that enable people and communities to be transformed!

  • Can I get a card with a specific message inside?

    • We have a card for you to send to your loved one by downloading the template and printing. You can customize the card with the message of your choice for your loved one. Click here to download the card.

Volunteering

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  • How can I volunteer for CVM?

    • We appreciate your heart to serve! There are several ways that you can get involved with CVM as a volunteer. You could participate in or lead a Local Ministry Group, speak at your local vet school’s CVF group, host a booth at a CE Conference and more! To learn more about ways that you can volunteer, click here.

  • I don’t live near Seattle, how can I help CVM?

    • There are plenty of ways that you can support CVM without living in Seattle! We have volunteer positions available such as State Representatives or Faculty Representatives. We also encourage you to get involved with your Local Ministry Group, or start one in your community! We welcome you to join us at the local veterinary conferences, whether just attending or helping out at our booth, click here to view the calendar of events.

  • What are some ways that I can bless someone serving in missions?

  • How do I go about getting on your speakers list?

    • We are so grateful for your heart to serve! One of the ways that you can get on our speakers list is by contacting your Region Representative.

  • What does a state representative do?

    • A state representative is a volunteer who steps up to serve as a contact for CVM in that particular state, and will represent the work of the Lord through CVM. The role will consist of: information networking within the state, identification of other Christian veterinary professionals, facilitation of a CVM booth and fellowship at the state VMA meeting, identification of possible local ministry groups, outreach to the veterinary students if a veterinary school is located in the state, as well as networking, prayers, and support for CVM long-term and short-term workers from the state. For more information regarding state representatives, click here.

  • How do I get on the list to host a booth at my local conference?

    • Hosting at a booth is a fun way to meet others and get involved with CVM. We have a presence at conferences around the nation, so to get involved in one near you, contact your Region Representative.

Students

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  • What is a CVF group?

    • Christian Veterinary Fellowship groups meet at a vet school campus, and are comprised of a group of veterinary students. They walk through life together, grow deeper in Christ together, and challenge each other to live out their faith through veterinary medicine and daily life, as well as serve their community. These chapters are a great way to be in community with other Christians on campus in veterinary medicine, and encourage each other while in school. Find your local chapter here.
  • What can we do as a student group to help CVM?

  • How do we adopt a CVM field staff member?

  • I am a CVF leader, now what?

    • Welcome to CVM’s student ministry, we’re so glad to have you serving with us. There are three ways to get oriented- start by checking out the Student Ministry Manual located in Student Resources, it’s a great tool as you serve. We’d also recommend getting all the ideas, contacts, and resources from your CVF’s former class leaders. And finally, you can always contact your CVM Region Representative with more questions or ideas.
  • I’m a faculty advisor, now what?

    • Thank you for stepping up to support your school’s CVF group. It’s a huge help for the students to have the continuity of an advisor who’s constant throughout their progression. Ask your current student leaders how you could best serve them, maybe by speaking to their group, starting, leading or hosting, a Bible study, or driving the van to the next Real Life Real Impact weekend! Your Region Representative would love to meet with you when they next visit your campus, they’re always available as a resource for you as well.

  • I’m called to long-term veterinary missions, what are my next steps?

    • Congratulations on hearing from God! The next step would be to start the application process for long-term missions with CVM. We also highly recommend attending CVM’s Shortcourse to learn more from CVM staff and other long-term candidates about serving in the field long-term.

  • Are there opportunities for international externships?

    • CVM provides opportunities for students interested in long-term missions to pursue their calling by visiting a field staff member in another country during an externship or preceptorship, there’s even a matching grant to make it more feasible on a student budget. The deadline for applications is October 1st.

  • I am a pre-vet looking for information on CVF groups at various schools.

Professionals

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  • What can I do in my clinic to represent CVM?

    • We have plenty of resources available for you to use in your clinic, to view them click here. We encourage you to look at your work environment as a place for ministry, so whether or not the resources we provide fit your needs, we hope that you will join us in expressing Christ’s love through veterinary medicine.
  • I made a Loveline donation, how long until my client receives their card?

    • We value timeliness in having your grieving client receive their card acknowledging their loss. We strive to have a turn-around time of no more than 7 business days from the time that we receive the information.
  • How do I set up a recurring Loveline donation?

    • To set up a recurring Loveline donation, please contact our Resource Development Administrative Assistant at 206-546-7238 or by email.
  • Can I send my Loveline form in by fax or email?

    • Yes, we accept Loveline forms by both fax and email. You may hand write or type your forms, however we encourage you to type them to ensure that the names, addresses and information is properly understood so that your client receives a card with the correct name. Click here to download the PDF form.
  • Where can I find my Christian Veterinary Fellowship group?

    • We are so excited to have you participate in your CVF group! To find one nearest you, contact your Region Representative.

  • How do I start a Christian Veterinary Fellowship group?

    • CVF groups can be as unique as the vets who join them.  For ideas on how to find local Christian vets and get started, contact your Region Representative today!

  • I can’t serve long-term, so what can I do?

    • If you are unable to serve long-term but feel called to serve in missions, we encourage you to check out our short-term missions program. There are trips throughout the entire year to various areas domestically and internationally that are available. If missions aren’t for you, we have ways that you can serve domestically through Local Ministry Groups, hosting a booth at a conference and more, click here for more information.

Long-Term

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  • How long does it typically take to raise the funds to go?

    • In September of 2012 we reviewed the most recent 25 individuals who had raised full support with CVM and the average time from the start of fund raising to completion was 11 months, while the minimum was 4 months and the maximum 25 months. However, this time frame is different for everyone.

  • Will I need to learn another language in order to serve?

    • More often than not, yes. We work with our local partners to determine the language needs of each placement. We strongly believe that effective ministry, partnership and sustainable development are greatly aided by the missionary being able to communicate in the local language. Is some locations this may require people to learn both the national trade language and local tribal language.

  • What are the education options for my children?

    • This is greatly dependent on where you live and your personal schooling philosophy. In rural locations most of our families Home School but parents can also send children to regional boarding schools. In urban areas there are often International schools or Christian schools that families may enroll in. Schooling choice can often be an important criterion for families selecting a mission location. CVM values the families’ goals in educating their children and help to build budget need to address these needs.

  • How long does the application process take?

    • The preliminary application process required prior to starting fundraising can take 3 - 12 months and involves preliminary approval with CVM and placement and approval by a partner. During the fundraising stage there are additional steps in the application process that are done 3-6 months prior to departure. To learn how our process works, click here.

  • How long is the commitment to serve?

    • We ask for a three year commitment to serve long-term. This is crucial in order to build relationships and establish sustainable work in the community. Once the three year term is up, you will return to the states and debrief. Often CVM field staff choose to participate in additional three year terms. We have some staff that have served for over 30 years!

  • What if I don’t want to ask people for money?

    • We get that it can be uncomfortable at times to ask others to financially partner with you in ministry. But part of responding to God’s call to ministry is trusting and humbly following Him in the process of becoming part of a team of supporters that will help pray for, facilitate and support the ministry you have been called to. Often there are finances that have to be raised to support the cost. Part of being faithful to the call is sharing with others what those needs are. Some people are more direct about how they share their needs and others may share indirectly allowing the support to determine the most effective way to engage. Not everyone is called to serve overseas, but by asking them to partner with you, they are provided the opportunity to follow Christ’s leading by helping to send someone to the mission field.

  • I’m not quite sure where the Lord is calling me, is that ok?

    • That is perfectly fine! We want to follow the Lord’s leading and be open to where He is calling. If you aren’t sure where that may be, we have plenty of opportunities available, but always encourage you to seek the Lord’s will. We have staff that have served with CVM in international service that can mentor you through this process. For those with interest in long term service we are able to set up short-term vision trips that will allow you to explore a culture, partner and various ministry models where veterinary professionals may serve. We also offer our annual conference, Shortcourse where you can be introduced to the CVM International program and have your questions addressed by staff and current missionaries.

  • What if I’m called to a specific location or people group?

    • We always want to follow the Lord’s calling and will. If He has placed a specific area or people group on your heart, we will work with you to make that happen.

  • How does “secondment” work?

    • A “secondment” is partnership process where the sending agency like CVM, employs an individual and helps them to build a ministry support team. When the employee is placed on the mission field they are placed under the day to day management of a local ministry partner, the “second’ organization. The “secondment” is the document proactively defining the responsibilities of each partner toward each other and the missionary. This agreement helps to avoid misunderstandings and assumptions that everyone has going into a partnership. CVM seeks to second our personnel to churches and organizations of like-minded faith and goals, and to fit the gifting/skills of those we send to the situation where they are seconded.

  • What classes or resources do you recommend I utilize before I go?

    • We require that long-term field staff attend our annual Shortcourse before serving; however there are plenty of trainings and resources available to help you prepare. Check out our Missions Resources page.

  • Why are some of the CVM field staff not shown on the map?

    • Some of our field staff are not shown on the map due to the sensitive nature of their project and area in which they are serving. If you would like further information on the field staff, how they are doing or to sign up for their prayer letters, please contact info@cvmusa.org

  • Can a family member or spouse serve as a reference in the application process?
    • No, a family member or spouse may not serve as a reference in your application in any way. Please find someone outside of your family to vouch for your Christian Commitment and Professional skills. If you have any questions, please contact longterm@cvmusa.org

Short-term

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  • Do I have to be a vet in order to serve?

    • The majority of our trips are limited to veterinary professionals. This includes veterinarians, vet students, vet techs and vet tech students. There are limited spots for pre-vet students. (Pre-vet students who have worked as a vet tech can go as a vet tech.)

      Family members of veterinary professionals are considered on a case-by-case basis, as we want to be sure that there is a role for them at the location they would be serving.

      We also have individuals who go as resource volunteers. These volunteers are generally those who are not veterinary professionals, but are invited to serve in a specific capacity alongside CVM missionaries. Currently, resource volunteers primarily serve in Mongolia.

  • How old do I have to be in order to serve?

    • To participate on a CVM short-term mission trip team, you must be 18 years or older. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and be approved by the host/trip leader.

  • How do I get on a particular trip that I am interested in serving on?

    • First you must apply for the short-term missions pool, click here. (link) Once you have been approved, you may express interest in the particular trip that you would like to participate in. To learn more about our process, click here. To see our current open trips, click here.

  • How do I get started?

  • Can a family member or spouse serve as a reference in the application process?
    • No, a family member or spouse may not serve as a reference in your application process. Please ask someone outside of your family to vouch for your Christian Commitment and Professional skills. If you have any questions, please contact shortterm@cvmusa.org
  • Can I fundraise for my short-term trip?

    • Yes, you may fundraise for your short-term trip! You may do this on your own, through your local church, or through CVM. If you choose to fundraise through CVM, email shortterm@cvmusa.org to request a fundraising account once you have been registered for a trip. Please note, all funds raised through a CVM account must be used towards a mission trip with CVM.

  • Can I pay for a short-term trip myself?

    • Yes, you may pay for a mission trip yourself by check, donating into your short-term account, or by paying into the trip costs account according to your location of service. Please be sure in all cases to include the participant’s name, trip destination and date along with all payments.

  • How do I set up an account for fundraising?

    • In order to set up a fundraising account, you must first submit your initial trip deposit. Once the deposit has been processed, we will set up your fundraising account. Once you have a fundraising account you may use that for all future trips. All gifts made to your short-term account are for the support of your CVM short-term expenses and donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

  • Do I need to re-apply for each trip?

    • Once you have applied and been accepted to the short-term pool, you do not need to apply again. However, each individual trip will have its own set of required paperwork and registration. To learn more about our process, click here.

  • Where can I see who has donated?

    • Unfortunately, you are unable to see who has donated to your account. However, you may email shortterm@cvmusa.org to get an up to date list of donations which includes the name, address, date and amount given. (Anonymous gifts will not produce any donor information.)

  • What is included in my trip costs to CVM?

    • Trip costs that are due to CVM generally include in-country housing, food, transportation, translators, medical evacuation insurance and trip deposits, (which includes a portion designated towards the CVM short-term administration.)

  • What classes or resources do you recommend I utilize before I go?

    • We recommend that you prepare for your trip mentally, physically and spiritually. Click here to view the resources we recommend.

Fundraising

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  • Where can I get CVM videos and photos to share?

    • Our videos are available under resources here online, but we have put togetherpromotional pieces for you to utilize. If you have a particular need that is not met through the above avenues, please contact our marketing department by phone at 206-546-7368 or by email.
  • How do I get my fundraising account set up?

    • In order to set up a fundraising account, you must first submit your initial trip deposit if you are going on a short-term trip. Once the deposit has been processed, we will set up your fundraising account. If you are serving long-term, please contact your director. Once you have a fundraising account you may use that for all future trips. All gifts made to your fundraising account are for the support of your CVM expenses and donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

Technical Issues

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  • I can’t remember my username.

    • If you can’t remember your username to log in to your online account, please contact info@cvmusa.org

  • I can’t remember my password.

    • If you can’t remember your password to log in to your online account, click on the Member Login at the top of the web page, then below the log in area, click “Forgotten Password.” This will take you to an area where you will type in your email address and prompt you further. If you are still having issues please contact info@cvmusa.org

  • How do I create an online account?

    • To create an account, go to the top corner on the right hand side of the screen and click, “Login.” This will take you to a page where if you are already a member you can login. Below the login boxes, you will see a “New User Registration” link. Click there to begin creating a new account.

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