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Remember Papillo? Happy, Healthy & Home

As an update to our previous post about Papillo, an injured dog from Costa Rica, we are happy to share that he has found a new family with new furry friends! Papillo: happy, healthy and home in Vancouver, Washington.

Papillo was rescued and cared for by our partners at Nosara Animal Care in Costa Rica before being sent to Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Portland, Oregon for treatment.

We thank and congratulate the animal heroes in his life that made this great outcome possible!

 

 

World Vets team on board Pacific Partnership mission get to work!

World Vets team for the first rotation of the Pacific Partnership 2012 mission is now on board the USNS MERCY. They have quickly gotten to work preparing their presentations and lectures that will be given in the four host nations to be visited; Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. These presentations are commonly referred to as SMEE’s – Subject Matter Expert Exchanges. As such, our team will not only be providing direct veterinary aid on this mission, but will also be educating on various topics and issues relating to veterinary medicine.

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.

A Friend and Dear Colleague in Need

Dr. Dana Bridges, a much-loved equine veterinarian from Monroe Washington, who is also a Field Service Veterinarian for World Vets, was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. She is a dedicated veterinarian who volunteers countless hours to help animals around the world. As a self-employed solo practitioner, she will be unable to work for 2-6 months. A fund has been set up to help cover medical expenses not paid by insurance. Every little bit helps. Please consider donating to the “Dr Dana’s We Hate Cancer Fund”.  DONATE NOW

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

 

 

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