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World Vets benefits from Travelocity “Travel for Good” contest

A few weeks ago World Vets received a most welcomed surprise. We learned that World Vets volunteer Courtney Vaudreuil participated in the Travelocity “Travel for Good”  twitter contest. We were even more shocked when she won the grand prize! What did she win? An opportunity for her and friend Carole Angelo to travel and volunteer with World Vets. What’s more, Travelocity also made a significant monetary contribution to World Vets in support of our international efforts to help animals!

Courtney claimed her prize earlier this month by joining us in Nicaragua for a veterinary field service project. This project had our team provide free spay/neuter services for companion animals in undeserrved communities and to benefit those who are unable to afford this service. In a four day period, over 200 free sterilizations were provided!

But, it doesn’t just stop there. Prior to Courtney’s trip, she was trying to collect donations of dog collars and leashes to give out during the project. While she succeeded in getting some, Travelocity surprised her with a large donation of collars and leashes during the project, which she then distributed to animal patients at the clinic site.

A common thing we often hear from our volunteers is how amazing it is that individuals from all different backgrounds and geographical locations can come together and accomplish so much good in just a short amount of time. We believe this wouldn’t be possible if our volunteers didn’t share a common goal and passion. World Vets has been very lucky in this sense in attracting outstanding volunteers that want to dedicate their time, energy and skills as part of our projects that help animals.

We depend heavily on our volunteers to achieve our mission and in turn bring much needed veterinary care to animals all over the world. We not only have a need for veterinarians, but anyone who is an animal lover! In other words, in order to volunteer it is not necessary that you have previous veterinary or animal related experience. Courtney and Carole did not come from a veterinary background yet they still filled a very important role as “assistant” in tending to animals recovering after surgery.  Read more about volunteer descriptions here

We are extremely grateful for this opportunity and thank Travelocity for choosing Courtney and supporting World Vets!

Travelocity believes that voluntourism makes us and our world better. They want to support people who have the desire to travel for good, which is why they re-launched the Travel For Good program this past fall. Travel For Good aims to support individuals who have causes they’re passionate about, and through this program, Travelocity strives to help to make a difference all over the world.

 

World Vets Honored with Animal Protection Award

This year World Vets was honored with the Adoptame Animal Protection Award 2015. This award was created by the Association Adoptame to distinguish the work and effort in the fight against animal abandonment in Paraguay. Four organizations were honored this year for their commitment in the mission of raising awareness, spirit of solidarity, and respect for animals in society and responsible pet ownership. Along with World Vets, the others recognized are the Zoonosis unit of Municipalidad de Asunción, Shopping Villa Morra and Purina Nestle Paraguay.

associacionadoptameWe thank the Association Adoptame for this great recognition of our work and impact in Paraguay!

 

Team Returns from Successful Campaign in Honduras

World Vets has been running spay/neuter clinics in Roatan, Honduras for the last 8 years. As part of these clinics we offer sterilization surgeries as well as medical consults and preventive treatments. In 2015 we operated two large scale veterinary campaigns where all veterinary services were provided free of charge. One of our teams just returned from a successful project on the island. See pictures from our most recent campaigns here

We’d like to thank our stellar volunteers and local coordinators for an excellent effort. We’d also like to give big thanks to Foundation Brigitte Bardot for their ongoing support of this program.

Join us on our next Roatan campaign! Read more

Use your CE Allowance to Volunteer with World Vets

World Vets is excited to announce that we are now offering RACE-approved continuing education (CE) credit for veterinarians and technicians!

Our CE program is offered at World Vets’ Latin America Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua and coincides with our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program. Veterinarians and technicians who sign up as instructors as part of the IVM program will have the chance to include the CE option at the time of their registration.

Veterinarians and technicians can combine 23 hours of lecture and lab time to refine current skills and learn new skills in student instruction and field medicine/surgery. Participants can also gain insight into “One Health” concepts and applications as they relate to international veterinary medicine.

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World Vets Aids Animals in Cambodia

Earlier this month World Vets had a small scout team in Cambodia to carry out a pilot project in Siem Reap. Despite a small team size and some challenges along the way, they executed quite a successful spay/neuter campaign with many animals in attendance. Way to go Team Cambodia!

We`d like to thank Wat Damnak for hosting our campaign and Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of this project.

Indiegogo Campaign Success!

For many years World Vets has been operating an equine welfare project in Nicaragua to benefit horses in and around the city of Granada. Horses are an important livelihood source for many households as they are relied upon to help carry out daily chores and generate income. Due to difficult socio-economic constraints, these horses are often malnourished and affected by tropical diseases and injuries from their heavy workload.

On our most recent campaign, our team met Pithaya after they were asked to stop by a nearby home that had a sick horse. Upon arrival, they discovered four-year-old Pithaya who was severely malnourished, had several infected wounds, overgrown feet, and evidence of tick borne disease.  Although he was in severe condition, the owners (two young girls and their grandmother) care for him greatly. However, caring for Pithaya has become extremely difficult for them as they have health issues of their own, and no current income source or means to earn money. What`s more, the parents of the children have left the home to seek employment elsewhere.

The World Vets team created an Indiegogo campaign to help pay for Pithaya’s extensive treatment & to provide aid to other Nicaraguan horses & families living in similar conditions. We’re thrilled to announce that we met our Indiegogo goal of raising $5k!  We are so incredibly thankful to everyone who participated! We’d like to extend our thanks to all of our supporters. A special thank you to our dedicated campaign team members Dr. Steve Kruneniski, Dr. Dana Westerman, Elisa Harvey, Cynthia Spanhel, and Amanda Headman for increasing fundraising efforts by spreading the word.

Stay tuned for news and updates on Pithaya & the other horses of Nicaragua that your contributions are supporting! Didn’t get the chance to contribute? It’s not too late! Help a horse by clicking HERE.

List of Equine Hope Fund supporters:

  • Adam C.
  • Anita Vargas
  • Beverly Voss
  • Amanda McNabb
  • Cary Granger
  • Cassandra Russell
  • Catherine Cheatham Krueger
  • Cathi Tower
  • Cody Wolff
  • Cynthia Spanhel
  • Dana Westerman
  • Deneen Munson
  • Edna Seymour
  • Elisabeth Walter
  • Elisa Harvey
  • Hanna Utterheim
  • Holly Hockett
  • Judy Bridges
  • Kara Mary
  • Kristy Moding
  • Kristina Elyse
  • Laura Oltman
  • Linda Strom
  • Lisa Marie Tretheway
  • Lynn Prather
  • Mariah Coakley
  • Natalia Jacovkis
  • Pauline Perry
  • Petrice Greer Eisele
  • Scot Nester
  • Sherrie Boston
  • Sherry Dahlquist
  • Steve S.

** If you made a contribution to this campaign & would like your name added to the list, please contact us so we may recognized your gift.

A Record Year for World Vets in Ecuador

World Vets has been working in Ecuador since 2009 to bring free spay/neuter services to animals in need. We are proud to report that 2015 has been a record year for the number of surgeries performed! With much appreciation, we thank our hardworking and dedicated volunteers, in addition to our passionate local partners at PAE-Ibarra for making this possible. We’d also like to acknowledge Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their ongoing support of this project. See pictures from our most recent campaign here

Join us on our next campaign! Read more

Volunteer Opportunity for Veterinarians in Thailand

World Vets has a new partnership that will provide an exciting opportunity for veterinarians to volunteer in northern Thailand.  The volunteer opportunity is located at an elephant sanctuary (about an hour north of Chiang Mai) that is home to ~ 40 elephants, ~80 water buffalo and 400+ dogs.  The sanctuary is located along a river in a beautiful and picturesque valley where rescued elephants spend their days freely roaming.  The 400+ dogs living at the sanctuary are mostly rescues from the 2011 Thailand flood, which World Vets assisted and provided disaster response.

This volunteer opportunity is for small animal veterinarians who can commit at least 1 month (up to 3 months if possible) to volunteering.  Opportunities are available starting in January 2016 and will be available throughout the year with flexible start dates.  Up to 2 veterinarians can be accepted during any time slot.

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Textbook Donation Benefits Veterinary Students in the Philippines

Last year World Vets received a request from a veterinary student in the Philippines named Jorim. It was a request he thought would never result into anything, but decided to write to us anyway. Jorim reached out with a simple request, veterinary textbooks for his school so that he and his fellow students could expand their knowledge for the benefit of animals in their community.

In many countries across the world, textbooks are very hard to come by, and so World Vets initiated a veterinary textbook drive to help fill this gap. To date, textbooks we’ve collected have contributed to the education of veterinary professional’s in Nicaragua, the Sudan, Marshall Islands, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands. Those who contributed to our textbook drive will be happy to hear that we can now add the Philippines to this list!

With many thanks to the 2015 Pacific Partnership mission, World Vets was able to ship, on the USNS MERCY, a pallet loaded of donated veterinary textbooks for Jorim’s school, specifically to benefit the library of the Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine at Cebu Technological University.

We would like to thank everyone involved in making Jorim`s request a reality!

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.  Future missions will be delivering assistance with a focus on veterinary training and teaching.

World Vets provides Surgical Training for Vets in Paraguay

World Vets has been working with Adoptame, an animal welfare organization based in Asuncion, Paraguay, to not only bring quality veterinary care to urban animals, but essential skills and training to local vets.

A World Vets team recently operated a week long surgical training course in Paraguay. Seven local veterinarians participated and over 300 animals benefited from the quality care and veterinary services provided! Throughout the week we conducted daily educational seminars as well as surgical instruction and training for local vets. This opportunity also afforded our team the chance to bring free veterinary services to poor barrios located in Asuncion, the capital.

We’d like to express our gratitude to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of our efforts in Paraguay! We’d also like to thank our dedicated team members for contributing their expertise and energy to this project. And, last but not least, to our partners in Asuncion, for their passion and commitment to animal welfare in their country.

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