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Apply Now! Continuing Promise 2017

Continuing Promise is a humanitarian and civic assistance deployment program. It is composed of U.S. military personnel, partner nations’ forces and civilian relief volunteers that provide medical, dental and veterinary care, in addition to training for military personnel and valuable services to communities in need. This mission serves the Caribbean and Central and South America.

World Vets is a veterinary nongovernmental organization (NGO) that has been represented on this mission since 2009. We provide volunteer opportunities for veterinary professionals as part of this mission and in turn contribute veterinary manpower and skills to accomplish the mission`s objectives.

PLEASE NOTE: Continuing Promise 2017 will not take place on board a ship. Prospective volunteers will be part of an expeditionary force based “on the ground” for the duration of their participation. Veterinary expeditions will take place in Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia in Winter/Spring 2017.

Application deadline: November 30, 2016

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Who can volunteer on World Vets team?

Volunteer positions on World Vets veterinary team are open to:

  • World Vets members who have previously volunteered with our organization
  • Qualified Veterinarians and veterinary technicians licensed to practice within the USA/Canada*
  • Those who can commit to a 2-3 week rotation

*Qualified veterinarians and/or veterinary nurses from the UK, Australia and/or New Zealand are also eligible, however will only be considered if they have previously volunteered with World Vets

An ideal candidate has education in addition to experience relating to both large and small animals, public health, animal husbandry, zoonotic diseases, production and nutrition as well as sterilization surgery. Team members should also be capable of speaking/giving presentations and/or hands on instruction to host nation partners on specific veterinary related topics and/or activities. The focus of the mission is capacity building and contributing to sustainable projects. If prospective volunteers have Spanish language fluency, this is a plus.

World Vets Thailand Elephant Experience

This summer World Vets had the opportunity to work at an elephant sanctuary located in northern Thailand. Our volunteers took part in routine daily tasks involving the general care, feeding and maintenance of elephants. They also provided ongoing veterinary attention that various elephants require due to injures suffered prior to their re-location to the sanctuary. What’s more, we also used this experience as a teaching opportunity for students to learn more about elephant anatomy, medicine and treatments.

A Successful Summer in the Balkans!

In August World Vets had two veterinary teams working in the Balkans region of Europe. Our teams provided high volume sterilization campaigns in Albania and Romania over a two week period. They also provided other needed veterinary services for animals, all of which were provided free of charge. Hundreds of animals benefited for these efforts where many came to us in baskets, bags and other forms of “transport” to receive attention and care.

We greatly appreciate and thank our dedicated volunteers and local partners for an outstanding job in making this a successful summer effort!

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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to ongoing violent civil unrest that started in April 2018, all Nicaragua-based programs are currently suspended until further notice.

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.

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

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