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World Vets International Veterinary Medicine Program has begun

A new program that World Vets has initiated this year, an International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program, is now well underway. This program is specifically geared towards students. It has been designed for those who are currently enrolled at an academic institution in pre- veterinary, veterinary and/or veterinary technician related studies.

Simply put, World Vets IVM Program provides students with the opportunity to experience veterinary medicine in a foreign country. As part of this program, students have the opportunity to not only learn new skills but be able to put those newly acquired skills to work. Students are involved in multiple clinical environments performing duties related to sterilization surgery as well as health clinics providing health exams and preventative care, in addition to field opportunities with horses.

Furthermore, this program also seeks to inspire its student participants to continue to give back to the international animal community once they have completed their studies.

Our IVM program is based out of our Latin American Surgical Training Center in Granada, Nicaragua. It is fully equipped with all modern equipment such as gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters and fluid pumps. We’d like to extend our many thanks to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of this center.

The services that are provided during this program are provided free of charge to community animals in need of veterinary assistance. To read more about this program, please click here

 

Operating Rural Veterinary Campaigns in Nicaragua

World Vets has a team in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua this week. They are operating various veterinary campaigns. These campaigns are meant to address and target the disadvantaged animals residing in the rural outlying communities.

So far this week, our team has executed a door to door service providing de-worming and parasite treatments along with health consultations for campesino dogs. They are also operating a field condition spay/neuter clinic that is accessible to our target communities. And finally, they are getting down and dirty providing veterinary treatments to livestock and horses.

All World Vets services are provided at no cost.

 

And they’re off! Pacific Partnership 2012 now underway

Pacific Partnership is an annual humanitarian aid mission operated by the US Navy in collaboration with host and partner nations, foreign military and medical personnel as well as non governmental organizations. In a joint effort, medical, dental and veterinary assistance is provided. The USNS Mercy has now departed San Diego and is on its way to South East Asia! World Vets is proud to be on board and providing veterinary services to host nations on this 4 month civil-military humanitarian aid mission.

World Vets Equine Health Clinic

A World Vets team along with our great Nicaraguan veterinary crew have provided free equine health clinics in and around Granada. They vaccinated, de-wormed as well treated for external parasites, and cured wounds. They also floated teeth and fitted shoes for the city’s horses. A total of 465 horses were treated on this latest campaign.

We would like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of our equine welfare program.

Record Breaking Results in Guatemala

We recently had a team in Guatemala working with AYUDA – for the health of dogs and cats in Guatemala. Our team provided free veterinary services, including spay/neuter and health treatments, for the small animals living in communities around Lake Atitlan.

They worked and provided their services in two communities; Santa Cruz and San Marcos. Each day they boarded water taxis to reach the clinic sites as most communities are best accessed via the lake.

This most recent visit saw more animals treated than on previous World Vets/AYUDA campaigns in the area. We would like to thank AYUDA, as well as their local volunteers and community members for making this possible.

 

 

 

Over 300 Animals Treated during World Vets Pilot Project

A World Vets team has just returned from San Andres Island.They operated our very first veterinary campaign on the Caribbean island. It was a great success. Their visit was also the very first of its kind. Never before had the island hosted such a large scale sterilization campaign that was executed by a foreign veterinary team.

To carry out the island wide campaign we had many local partners. Our team worked in collaboration with the island’s department of health as well as Colombian animal welfare group Pro Animal SAI. We even received support from the Colombian military stationed on the island. They brought us dogs from the local army base to receive surgery and treatment.

The abundant local support made the success of our team’s visit and campaign possible. Well over 300 animals received spay/neuter surgery and/or health treatments. We look forward to making a follow up visit to further our contribution towards the improvement of both animal and human health on the island.

 

Papillo: In Search of a Loving New Home

Papillo is a special dog originally from Nosara, Costa Rica. About a month ago he was hit by a car.  When our partners at Nosara Animal Care were alerted to his condition, they immediately set to work to provide him the care that he needed. After failed acupuncture treatments in San Jose, Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Portland, Oregon kindly offered their help.

This past month, Papillo was flown to Portland to have an MRI along with the anticipation for surgery. However, after tests and examinations, it was discovered that his spinal cord had been severed rendering him unfit for surgery. Nevertheless, Papillo has been outfitted with a set of wheels that will now aid his movement and overall well being.

To complete his road to recovery, Papillo is now in need of a loving new home that can provide him the attention and care that he deserves. Since is he currently in Portland, the ideal home is within the state of Oregon to avoid further travel and stress.

For more information about Papillo and/or to inquire about his adoption, please contact Rochelle Low at goose1296@gmail.com

 

 

Laica’s Story: A rewarding experience for veterinary student volunteer

Read a great personal account from a veterinary student about the rewarding experience they’ve gained from volunteering with World Vets. Read Laica’s Story

Veterinary student Alexander Robb studies at Tufts University and has presently volunteered with World Vets on two projects. However, he plans to continue to volunteer and provide his skills as a veterinarian on future projects once he has graduated.

 

Long Term Volunteer Placements this Summer

While the majority of volunteer opportunities offered through our organization are for a short duration, we do on occasion have those which can last up to 3 – 6 weeks if not longer. This summer we have two volunteer opportunities that have the potential to be a long term volunteer placement for veterinarians and/or licensed veterinary technicians.

The first is a volunteer instructor position at our surgical training center in Granada, Nicaragua. Volunteer instructors will work in collaboration with World Vets staff and interns which includes US and Nicaraguan veterinarians and technicians. They will provide training and/or instruction to students in a clinical environment. Volunteer instructor positions are open to licensed veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians. Openings run from June through August. Read more…

The second is a position on our team for the New Horizons Peru 2012 exercise. Volunteers will work alongside and in collaboration with a veterinary team from the US military, a Peruvian veterinary school as well as the local ministry of agriculture. Volunteers can expect to be involved in veterinary activities relating to both small and large animals. Volunteer positions are open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. From June 30 – July 14. Read more…

If you want to stay in the loop about upcoming volunteer opportunities with our organization, consider becoming a member of World Vets! Become a Member

World Vets Partners with New Horizons Peru 2012

New Horizons Peru 2012 is a Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) exercise undertaken and coordinated by the U.S. Air Forces South. Such HCA exercises aid and work towards their vision of a secure and stable Peru. In carrying out the projects and activities of the exercise, partnerships are established and cemented through active collaboration and teamwork.

The main focus of the exercise is on medical readiness training (MEDRETE) and engineering construction projects to benefit communities in Peru. However, also included in this exercise is a veterinary/animal related component. World Vets will be partnering with the New Horizons Peru 2012 exercise in this regard.

World Vets has now released preliminary information relating to the volunteer opportunity that exists through our organization for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in conjunction with this exercise.The veterinary activities are scheduled from June – July 2012. For more information, please click here

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