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Small Animal Field Projects: More than Spay/Neuter

World Vets operates multiple international field service projects throughout the  year. These veterinary field projects  provide direct veterinary services and care to animals in need on a large scale over a short amount of time, and may target small animals, equines and/or livestock. To aid in the delivery of such assistance, we have volunteer opportunities that not only facilitate quality veterinary care but also enable individuals to be a part of the work that we do around the world.

One big misconception about small animal field projects is that spay/neuter is the only service or surgery provided. While sterilizations do make up the bulk of surgeries performed, our teams encounter a variety of patient cases, which often times require emergency or special procedures to be undertaken.  On our most recent campaign held in Peru, we saw and treated a variety of such cases, including but not limited to tumor or mass removals, a perineal urethrostomy, eye nucleation, and a complicated pyometra.

With that being said, our small animal field projects help to control the small animal population. However, they also provide much relief for patients in unique circumstances and lend expertise in tackling such special cases.

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A World Vets First: Veterinary Pilot Project Held in India

During the month of July World Vets sent a veterinary team to India to carry out our first campaign ever held on the subcontinent. Over four days our team worked alongside local veterinarians to provide free sterilizations as well as health consultations for the small animal population of Mysuru (formerly known as Mysore).

We’d like to thank our local partners as well as our dedicated group of volunteers who made this pilot project a great one!

 

Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Europe!

World Vets operates multiple international field service projects throughout the year, many of which have volunteer opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students and assistants (those with no previous veterinary experience).

We would like to highlight two European small animal projects that still have volunteer openings this summer:

  • Galati, Romania (August 24 – 30, 2016) Tech/Student & Assistant Openings

Now Scheduling Personalized Surgical Training | Fall & Winter 2016

World Vets is now offering a personalized surgical training experience for veterinary students, recently graduated veterinarians, foreign veterinarians, in addition to veterinarians preparing for qualifying exams. This opportunity will provide one on one instruction (in English) in performing spay and neuter procedures and seeks to cater to the specific needs of participants.

Personalized surgical training is provided out of our Latin American Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua. Although a training facility, strict attention is paid to patient safety, comfort and appropriate pain management. Our center is also outfitted with modern equipment such as gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters and fluid pumps.

Only two participants will be accepted per week/session to ensure an intensive and personalized program. We are currently scheduling for the months of September, October, November and December 2016. We are also booking sessions in January and February 2017.

Participants are responsible for getting themselves to and from Nicaragua, in addition to the training center each day, providing their own lodging and meals as well as a World Vets participation fee.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please inquire by filling out the Personalized Surgical Training Inquiry Form.

While this opportunity is available to veterinary students, we first encourage them to consider our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program before inquiring about personalized surgical training.

 

Support Equine & Small Animal Care in Nicaragua

If you are looking for a way to directly support the veterinary care World Vets provides in the field, we’d like to introduce our first “project specific” fundraisers to benefit our program service efforts in Nicaragua.

Our equine welfare project has been in operation since 2010 and targets the working horse population in and around Granada, Nicaragua. This project facilitates year round de-worming, vaccinations, dental and hoof care, wound treatment and much more. As a result of this initiative, hundreds of horses receive much needed veterinary services each year – all at no cost to their owners. With your help we can continue to provide this care and contribute to the overall health and well being of working horses! Support our  Equine Welfare Project

In Granada we also facilitate free sterilization services for cats and dogs at our Latin America Veterinary Training Center (LATC). Each year we perform over 3,000 surgeries adhering to high patient care and safety standards and utilize modern equipment such as gas anesthesia, central oxygen and heart monitors. We also operate countless outreach clinics where we visit rural communities to provide free preventative care treatments for hundreds of animals who lack access to veterinary services. Support our Small Animal endeavors that are based out the LATC and contribute to a better life for the animals of Nicaragua

World Vets to be On Board 2016 Pacific Partnership Mission

World Vets has been the veterinary non-governmental organization (NGO) represented on two U.S. Navy led humanitarian aid missions since 2009.  These missions facilitate free medical, dental and veterinary services to nations located in the South Pacific, South East Asia, the Caribbean, and Central and  South America. World Vets contributes veterinary manpower and skills to accomplish the mission’s objectives by organizing volunteer opportunities for veterinary professionals.

The goal of these missions is to strengthen alliances, improve upon the capacity to deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and finally to improve security cooperation among partner nations.

World Vets veterinary teams live on-board the designated ship for the mission and provide veterinary services onshore. Our teams work alongside and in collaboration with US Army vets and technicians as well as government agencies, educational institutions and local veterinarians and animal health care professionals in host nations.

Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to work by, with and through host and partner nations, non-government organizations and international agencies to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters 

World Vets Contributes to Greater Understanding of CTVT

For many years World Vets has contributed to a study based out of the University of Cambridge. This study seeks to unravel the mystery of canine transmissible venereal tumor (CTVT) found in dog populations all over the world. We are happy to announce that the paper “Mitochondrial genetic diversity, selection and recombination in a canine transmissible cancer” has now been published with their current findings.

Watch a short video produced by the University of Cambridge that sum’s up the study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV9xGi8-p0o

Student Summer Opportunity: Nicaragua

World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is our long established student program.  Based at our Latin America Veterinary Training Center, which is located in Granada, Nicaragua, the IVM Program facilitates a unique learning opportunity and cultural experience for students. Students are exposed to working in both clinical as well as field condition settings in a foreign country. They are also able to get hands on training, from highly skilled instructors, in a low stress environment conducive to learning.

We have just completed our Spring program, which welcomed thirty seven students and volunteer instructors over a two week time span. Not only did students walk away having gained  immeasurable skills, they also provided free veterinary and sterilization services for over 200 animals.

If you want to experience a new culture and gain new skills, World Vets IVM Program is the perfect fit! Our summer program still has positions open for veterinary as well as pre-veterinary and veterinary technician students! Learn more and join us this summer here

 

Multiple Campaigns Held over Spring Break

This past month World Vets had multiple teams in Latin America and the Caribbean providing free veterinary services. We operated small animal projects in Cozumel, Nicaragua and Ecuador, in addition to having a team work with exotics in Roatan, Honduras. Combined, these campaigns provided over 1000 free sterilizations and reached hundreds more.

We’d like to thank our local partners for hosting these campaigns, as well as our dedicated team members for choosing to volunteer and travel with us over their spring break!

Zika Virus Alert: Pregnant Volunteers

In light of the recent development concerning the zika virus, World Vets recommends that our volunteers (or prospective volunteers) do not sign up for trips in Latin America and/or the Caribbean if they are pregnant, may be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant with their partners. If you are currently registered for a World Vets project, we always recommend that volunteers obtain travel insurance in the event that they may have to cancel their participation as project fees are non-refundable and/or non-transferable to other opportunities and/or persons.

Statement from CDC for pregnant women: Recommendations for Pregnant Women Considering Travel to an Area of Zika Virus Transmission

Because there is neither a vaccine nor prophylactic medications available to prevent Zika virus infection, CDC recommends that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing (10). If a pregnant woman (or her partner) travels to an area with Zika virus transmission, they should be advised to strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites (11,12). Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite both indoors and outdoors, mostly during the daytime; therefore, it is important to ensure protection from mosquitoes throughout the entire day (13). Mosquito prevention strategies include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–registered insect repellents, using permethrin-treated clothing and gear, and staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms. When used as directed on the product label, insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are safe for pregnant women (14,15). Further guidelines for using insect repellents are available online

For the most current information on areas impacted by Zika virus, visit the CDC website here

More information on the Zika virus and prevention techniques can be found here

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