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1 Spot Left on our Pilot Project to Suriname!

Suriname dog2There is just 1 TECH/STUDENT position left open for our June 2013 pilot project to Paramaribo, Suriname, located in South America.

Join us in this new project location to be part of and provide a three day large scale sterilization campaign for cats and dogs. There will also be time for leisure to explore the surrounding area and sights. Read more about this volunteer opportunity here

The “Tech/Student “position is open to licensed and non-licensed veterinary Suriname2technicians as well as pre – veterinary students, veterinary students and veterinary technology students. To learn more about the anticipated activities and tasks under this category, see volunteer descriptions.

 

 

Making the Impossible, Possible

Peca & OwnerPecas 1Pecas 2“Pecas”, a 13 year old female dog, arrived at our most recent spay/neuter and animal outreach clinic held last month in San Andres Island. Overall she was in good shape and generally well looked after. However, over her lifetime she had had countless litters and was still cycling in her old age. For fear that she would accidentally become pregnant again, her owner wanted to have “Pecas” spayed. While this was not an uncommon scenario, what made this case especially unique was that “Pecas” had recently been diagnosed heartworm positive by a local veterinarian. She was also discovered to have a fast heart rate and murmur. It was claimed that because of this condition she would not likely survive the surgery.

Our team spoke at length to the owner and advised on the ideal way to get “Pecas” spayed – with gas anesthesia and more monitoring equipment – luxuries that were not present at our field condition clinic. Unfortunately this was not a viable option either as such equipment did not exist on the island for animals and the owner could not afford to fly “Pecas” to the Colombian mainland for the procedure.

After much consideration and being made aware of the risks involved, “Pecas” owner elected to have the surgery done as he believed it was in her best interest. Even though we did not have a fancy surgical suite, we did have on hand an AliveCor heart monitor to run an EKG as well as monitor “Pecas” heart rate. World Vets veteran Dr. Michelle Ward monitored “Pecas” with the AliveCor while Dr. Barry Nichols performed the surgery. Upon her return to the United States, Dr. Ward had the EKG analyzed, which confirmed that there were no EKG abnormalities. We would like to thank Antech for donating their services in the EKG analysis.

We are happy to report that “Pecas” recovered very smoothly from the anesthesia and had been doing great following her discharge from the clinic. In the end, the owner was very happy that he had decided to do the surgery and that World Vets had come to the island making her surgery impossible to possible.

Pecas 3 Pecas discharge 1

IVM Program Spring Session Results

WorldVetsGroup19During the whole month of March, World Vets operated its International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program out of its Training Center facility located in Granada, Nicaragua.This program is specifically designed for veterinary, pre-veterinary and technician students who wish to gain clinical and practical experience, in addition to immersion within the field of international veterinary medicine. This program also provides volunteer opportunities for licensed veterinarians as well as licensed veterinary technicians as instructors.

As a result of this program, 214 spay/neuter surgeries were performed (during the month of March) on community owned animals that were in need of the operation.  These much needed spay/neuter services, as well as any additional medical treatments, were provided free of charge to pet owners and the community.

 

“Semana Santa” Spay/Neuter Clinic in San Andres Island

Team SAIDuring Semana Santa (Holy Week), World Vets had a veterinary team on the Caribbean Island of San Andres Island. We provided a large scale spay/neuter clinic and also attended health consultations. All services were provided free of charge. The island currently lacks regular veterinary services for small animals and our clinic, in collaboration with the island’s department of health, saw up to 300 animals and performed 198 surgeries in just a couple of days.

We’d like to thank the San Andres Island department of health for all their efforts that went into coordinating this event as well as World Vets volunteers and Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of this project.

An Outstanding Effort in Ecuador

Ecu17During the month of March World Vets sent a veterinary team to the Otavalo region of Ecuador in support of our small animal project. We have been working in this region for the past four years with local animal welfare group PAE Ibarra to control the street as well as owned small animal population. We thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of this project as well as our volunteers that put forth an outstanding effort which resulted in 229 free spay/neuter surgeries being performed.

Join us on our next campaign (July 17 -24, 2013)! Read more

A Successful Veterinary Campaign in Roatan

130322_1377We have just completed a successful veterinary campaign Roatan, Honduras. Our veterinary team provided not only free spay/neuter services but an animal outreach clinic which provided free health consultations and preventative health treatments to small animals. During our visit, we performed 160 surgeries and treated over 350 animals. One of our patients was a dog that jumped off a roof but was lucky enough to receive special emergency surgery from our outstanding volunteers.

We would like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot, our volunteers on Team Roatan, Sandra & Al Zeilstra and all of the local contributors that continue to support our efforts on the island.

Working Hard in Arusha, Tanzania

A20We have just completed a two week veterinary campaign in Arusha, Tanzania. During this campaign, our teams operated mobile donkey welfare clinics in multiple areas which resulted in close to 1000 donkeys receiving free veterinary services. Following donkey work, we also operated a vaccination campaign where 400 dogs were vaccinated for rabies.

We’d like to thank the Arusha Society for the Protection of Animals (ASPA) as well as our Team Arusha volunteers for such a successful outcome.

 

Re-posted! Volunteer Opportunity to Nicaragua (August 2013)

SJDS scenic 2Join our veterinary team going to Nicaragua this summer! We have just re-posted our August 3 – 10, 2013 project scheduled for San Juan del Sur; a charming little beach town located on the Pacific coast right by the Costa Rican border. Aside from veterinary work, there are many things to see and do during leisure time such as surfing, zip lining, nature trails and wildlife watcMay34hing as well as rappelling and fishing.

Veterinary work will consist of a large scale field condition clinic where free spay/neuter services, preventative health treatments along with health consultations will be provided to small animals. We also anticipate many diverse cases as we will be working in the rural community and treat animals that do not have access to regular veterinary care. For those interested, there also exists the possibility of treating more than just dogs and cats. Read more here

 

World Vets in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

DSCN2227With support from Fondation Brigitte Bardot, World Vets has been able to provide free spay/neuter services in the town of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua for the past 3 years. During the month of March 2013 we are providing such free services for community owned animals. Enjoy our photo album on Facebook – more pictures to be posted soon!

We have 1 volunteer position left on our small animal project to San Juan del Sur in July 2013: check it out and join our team!

Welcome Back Team Sosua!

SFeb1World Vets has just had a veterinary team return from Sosua, Dominican Republic. There they provided a free large scale sterilization campaign. We’d like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot, the entire crew of Asociacion de Amigos por los Animales Sosua (AAAS) as well as World Vets volunteers for making this a successful operative.

Unlike many field condition clinics, we had the luxury of gas anesthesia! This allowed for 189 safe spay/neuters to be provided as well as 14 additional surFeb24geries to be performed. Overall, 226 animals were seen and treated by our team.

World Vets will be sending a follow up team to Sosua in November. Stay tuned for this upcoming volunteer opportunity. All upcoming projects are listed here

See pictures from our most recent campaign here

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