FullBucket Health

FullBucket Giving Program

For Every FullBucket We Sell, We Give One To Animals In Need.

Our Mission, is to help build a bridge that others can use to help animals in need.

Our products are developed to improve the health and vitality of animals. 
FullBucket is the only animal healthcare company with a complete product line focused entirely on digestive health and issues such as diarrhea, cloitis and colic. We beleive that overall health starts with a healthy gut. 

We design custom-formulated, digestion supplements as a system that are used by veterinarians, horse owners and dog owners throughout the U.S. and is considered a premium product. 

FullBucket is a Social Business
A social business is a For Profit business that uses it's profits to serve others. Read more here...

Our Giving program consists of a group of volunteers from the animal healthcare industry that conduct basic healthcare services such as vaccinations, parasite control, hoof care, dentistry, saddlery and nutrition.

Help a Horse, Help a Family
Our program is conducted in impoverished areas of Guatemala and Niceragua where we work on Working Equids that are essential to the lives of thousands of these poor families with no resources. Learn more about the Working Equids watch our Video here...

If you are an industry professional such as a veterinarian, distribution, veterinary student or manufacturer, you are welcome to join us on our Giving trips. It's especially helpful if you speak Spanish.

We recognize the innate desire to be good and do good. We also realize that opportunities to write a check are more easily found and less personally rewarding than are those chances to get boots on the ground and go help.

To this end, FullBucket has created the Plug-in program as a way for others to jump in and participate along side us.

FullBucket Plug-in is an opportunity to allow our Tribe (veterinary and customer partners) the path to find a way to help people, by helping their animals.

Giving of your time is the most valuable gift you can give. Ironically, it is also the most rewarding to one’s soul. So…take a chance and Plug-in.

Contact Hilary if you are interested in joining us on a Giving trip or to help us here domestically. 


by Rob Franklin, DVM, DACVIM – FullBucket Co-Founder

We will resume our work with World Horse Welfare this spring on our volunteer veterinary care trip to poor villages in Guatemala. Their approach has changed a bit to be more community centered. I am hoping that we will have an impact with the animals in the community and importantly, the local veterinarians and veterinary students.

(See the November 2013 Trip)

We will arrive in Anitgua on February 8.  We will be staying in the Hotel Palacia Chico, set up as basecamp.


Chris Brasmer, DVM, Albuquerque, New Mexico - 4th time attendee, New Mexico, fluent in Spanish, has lived in Guatemala, worked as equitarian- Chris will be our main hub. He understands the Campesinos better than anyone and is very good at communicating with them. Chris does not weaken and responds to “El Brazo.”

Craig Niblett, DVM, Austin, Texas - 2nd time attendee, Austin, Texas.

Robo Hendrickson, Weatherford, Texas - FullBucket

Rob Franklin, DVM, Lipan, Texas – FullBucket, Internist- Team coordinator

Scott Geibler, Stephenville, Texas - Sound/Eklin

Ed & Kristi Strickland, Lampassas, Texas, MWI, 2nd time attendees

Keith & Kris Latson, DVM, Pasadena, California - FullBucket

Bud Force, Fort Worth, Texas - Videographer/Photographer, documentary



Work shirts (scrub tops ok)

Boots - cowboy, work or hiking type

Comfortable clothing for after work- maybe a pair of shorts, some t shirts.

Rain jacket

Wet wipes

Hand sanitizer

Roll of toilet paper


Motion sickness patches or tablets (if car or boat sickness apply),

Anti-diarrheal agents (pepto bismol, immodium, etc).

Pharmacies are present in Antigua.

No malaria medications are required.

Power bars or similar in case lunch is delayed

Coffee tumbler if you want to take a cup with you each morning

Water will be purchased, no need to bring a bottle.

Linens, towels, pillows are all provided at hotel.


Saturday - Arrive in Guatemala City. We will be picked up after clearing customs and take a 45 minute shuttle to Antigua.

Sunday - Church for those interested (amazing old Catholic churches with hourly masses), Tour of local markets, explore town of Antigua, getting to know local veterinarians.

Monday - Friday - Breakfast at hotel 7:00 am. Leave at 7:30 am and work in communities. Lunch in villages. Return for dinner in Antigua.

Saturday - Fishing, Volcano Tours

Sunday - Head back to Guat City and Home!


Rob Franklin



Equitarian Initiative Workshop

Website: equitarianIntitiative.org Overview: Welcome to Equitarian Initiative! We are a group of equine veterinarians and caregivers looking to provide education, leadership and assistance to the working equid and by extension their families. It is estimated that there are 100 million working equids in the developing world. A working equid is defined as a horse, mule or donkey that is used primarily for family income, agriculture and/or transportation.


World Horse Welfare

We are an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and around the world through education, campaigning, and hands-on care. When WHW founder Ada Cole witnessed a procession of work-worn British horses unloaded at the docks of Antwerp and whipped for four miles to slaughter, she was determined to stop the appalling cruelty of these journeys. Ten years later our campaign succeeded, and almost 90 years on World Horse Welfare is still driven by the same desire to stop unnecessary suffering, using a practical approach and scientific evidence to deliver lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.



Therapet currently has 90+ dogs, 5 cats and a cockatoo working in our programs.  The animals do far more than just visit patients.  Therapet establishes goal-oriented therapy programs as well as visitation programs.

We have also helped establish programs in other parts of Texas, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico,  New York and Virginia.  Therapet holds educational seminars across the country to help clinicians, educators and volunteers learn how to use animals in health care, education and other therapy and visitation related settings.


Christian Veterinary Mission

Website: http://www.cvmusa.org/stmtrips Overview: Did you know your veterinary skills are needed to help people around the world to know God's love? As a veterinarian, you are uniquely equipped to make a lasting impact in people's lives through missions. Your skills help to build relationships in which you can share the Gospel, as well as help livestock-based cultures better care for their animals and provide for their families. Every year, thousands of people around the world struggle to survive because they don't have the right knowledge, skills, and resources to care for their animals. CVM veterinarians live and work alongside these people to encourage them and provide them with not only much needed veterinary expertise, but also the hope that is only found in Christ. As friends and encouragers, CVM veterinarians build lasting relationships with individuals and communities, helping them be transformed through Christ's love.


World Vets

Website: http://worldvets.org Overview: World Vets develops, implements and manages international veterinary and disaster relief programs to help animals, educate people and have a positive impact on communities. Improving animal welfare and alleviating suffering are high on our priority list but our work extends beyond that. Our programs help to prevent the spread of diseases from animals to humans; our livestock programs help small farmers to pull themselves out of poverty, and our disaster relief efforts for animals directly impact people who might otherwise remain in dangerous situations if the needs of their animals are not addressed. World Vets recognizes the importance of the One Health concept in which health of humans, animals and their ecosystems are inextricably linked. Our programs help not only animals, but also people and the communities in which they live. World Vets is able to improve the lives of thousands of animals each year by providing free veterinary care through our dedicated volunteer force of over 3,600 individuals combined with financial support and in-kind donations. Our volunteers have a wide range of skill, expertise and experience. Our volunteer force is comprised of veterinarians, licensed and non licensed technicians, pre veterinary, veterinary and technician students, as well as those who are simply animal lovers. All our volunteers are passionate about helping animals and the desire to make a difference.



Website: http://vidavolunteertravel.org/programs/veterinary-program-field-clinics Overview: VIDA stands for Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures. Take the next step towards your veterinary career by volunteering with VIDA. Our organization provides high quality spay and neuter field clinics in Central America in accordance with International Humane Society guidelines. VIDA currently supports communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. VIDA offers a Veterinary Program for pre-veterinary as well as first and second year veterinary students and an Advanced Veterinary Program designed for upper level veterinary students and recent graduates. If you are a student seeking a hands-on, mind-enriching, service learning experience with animals, VIDA is the right program for you! This is a high quality educational program for those who wish to gain clinical and practical experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine. The VIDA program focuses mainly on the sterilization of felines and canines in field clinics; however, participants will also gain experience in working with large animals. Volunteers who participate in our program will have an interactive and unique experience that can only be obtained with VIDA. Minimum qualifications: Individuals who are interested in helping animals and enhancing their knowledge of veterinary medicine.
 Eligible participants include first and second year veterinary students, pre-veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants.
 Volunteers are required to submit a short essay stating their motive for wanting to be a VIDA volunteer in order to be accepted into this program.


Website: www.ruralareavet.org/info.phpOverview: HSVMA-RAVS is a volunteer-driven program. Each year we are joined in the field by nearly 400 volunteers from throughout the United States and around the world. Our ability to provide quality veterinary care and educational services is dependent upon the initiative and dedication of the hard-working students and professionals who donate their time and join our expeditions. Rural Veterinary Experience Teaching and Services (R-VETS) Website: www.r-vets.org/volunteer-information.html Overview: R-VETS is a program dependent on the availability and dedication of its volunteers. Volunteers, whether they are veterinarians, veterinary students, or non veterinary personnel, are essential to the program, which would not exist without them. Our students come with a broad range of experience. They may be pre-vet, they may be senior vet students, they may be from the ECFEG program. They come to us with varying degrees of skill and require different levels of support and clinical supervision. Our goal is to provide the necessary supervision, while allowing the student the opportunity to take on as much responsibility as they are able. In fact we usually ask our students to take on more responsibility than they have been afforded working in other clinics. It is truly rewarding to watch them become more comfortable making decisions on their own.


Native American Veterinary Services

Website: buckscoana.org/veterinary_projects.htm Overview: What started out in summer of 2001 as a simple question, followed by a simple answer has blossomed into one of most successful people to people projects ever undertaken by a veterinary group. The question asked by Dr. Ted Robinson (UP 1974) of an attending Native American at a fund raising party for the organization, Americans for Native Americans, was, "what type of veterinary care exists on the reservations in the southwest?" The simple answer was, "little, if any." In that year, four Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) member veterinarians participated in what was thought to be a one-time, two-day volunteer veterinary clinic on the Navajo Reservation in Crownpoint, New Mexico.


TEVA Equitarian Project

Website: teva-online.org/equitarian-project/find-out-more Overview: The Texas Equine Veterinary Association provides veterinary care to working horses and donkeys in the rural areas around Chimaltenango and San Andres Iztapa in Guatemala. Dr. Franklin leads a trip biannually to work with local veterinarians to educate and provide services to animals that improve or care for the lives of thousands of impoverished people. TEVA offers scholarships to veterinary students to accompany us. Groups are based in the UNESCO Heritage city of Antigua and typically include 6-8 veterinarians, though veterinary assistants, equine volunteers and industry partners often make the trip. Requirements include being a TEVA member or sponsor.



Veterinarians Without Borders

Our mission is to work for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. This is what we call an ecosystem approach to health. Ecohealth: one health for everyone, everywhere. How do we do it?

  • We focus on animal health care as integrally tied to human and ecosystem health. By treating all three, we create sustainable solutions for the planet.
  • We respect people, culture, local knowledge, human rights, laws and customs, animal welfare, and the environment.
  • We are guided by the communities we work with and we are committed to participatory and inclusive approaches to development. We believe that sustainable solutions are most often created when locally identified and owned.
  • Our work happens on the ground in every program country: in community meetings, training local people on animal health care, delivering vaccinations, helping to form co-ops, training women, children and families in food production, nutrition, husbandry and disease control.
  • Our projects are built to be repeatable and to promote sustainability over the long term, so that communities can grow independent and strong and act as models for others.
  • We are committed to sharing our expertise and knowledge and continuously learning from our partners.Our supporters believe in us; they enable us to make our dreams for the planet into reality: together, we can create a better future for all.


Get Plugged In

Please complete the form below if you are:

• Interested in being a trip volunteer;

• Have an Equitarian program that you would like to submit.


Get Plugged In

• Interested in being a trip volunteer;
• Have an Equitarian program that you would like to submit.

Please let us know via our contact form. We will get back to you shortly.