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Volunteer Registration to Close for April Opportunities!

Volunteer positions are still open on our upcoming opportunities in April 2015! If you have been considering joining a team, volunteer registration will close in the next few weeks! Join us on an `island hopping` spay/neuter campaign in the Caribbean or in the Andes mountains of Ecuador!

Veterinary field service projects have volunteer opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students and those who do not have any veterinary or animal related experience (assistants). You can read more about what you would be doing on a small animal field service project here

April volunteer opportunities:

A standard veterinary field project is scheduled for 8 days/7 nights, with 3 veterinary service days. However, both April opportunities are for a 9-10 day duration and consist of five days dedicated to providing veterinary care and services for animals in need.

“Every Dollar Buys a Collar!” Campaign Update

Last year World Vets initiated a dog collar drive to distribute new collars to animals in need in Nicaragua. As part of our program service activities in this particular country,  as well as throughout the world, we often come across countless collars made of chains, rope, wire and many other materials that cause harm and discomfort.
Since our initial fundraiser, and with many thanks to its supporters, we have distributed over 1000 adjustable nylon collars in communities around Nicaragua. However, we are still short of our goal! We wish to continue our “Every Dollar Buys a Collar” campaign to provide collars for more animals around the world.
 Keep the campaign going! Contribute here

World Vets Teams to Deploy on Civil-Military Missions

For the past six years World Vets has been the veterinary non-governmental organization (NGO) represented on two U.S. Navy led humanitarian aid missions: Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise. These missions provide medical, dental and veterinary coverage to host nations in South East Asia and the Pacific as well as the Caribbean and Central and South America, respectively.

World Vets helps accomplish mission objectives by contributing veterinary manpower and skills through its veterinary personnel deployed. This year we will have teams on board both Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise. They will live on-board a hospital ship and provide veterinary services onshore in host nations. As part of these efforts, our volunteers not only provide direct veterinary care, but capacity building and training, which benefit local animal health care professionals, in addition to communities.

What’s more, World Vets is also sending donation pallets on board both ships! One is bound for the Philippines carrying veterinary textbooks to benefit a veterinary school in Cebu, and the other to Nicaragua.

See pictures from past missions

April 2015 Volunteer Opportunities Released!

World Vets has just released long awaited veterinary field service opportunities scheduled for the month of April 2015. Join us on an `island hopping` spay/neuter campaign in the Caribbean or in the Andes mountains of Ecuador!

Veterinary field service projects have volunteer opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students and those who do not have any veterinary or animal related experience (assistants). You can read more about what you would be doing on a small animal field service project here

April volunteer opportunities:

A standard veterinary field project is scheduled for 8 days/7 nights, with 3 veterinary service days. However, both April opportunities are for a 9-10 day duration and consist of five days dedicated to providing veterinary care and services for animals in need.

Volunteer Registration to Close for March Opportunities!

Select volunteer positions are still open on some of our upcoming opportunities in March. If you have been considering joining a team, volunteer registration will close next month!

For students looking to get surgical or clinical experience over their spring break, our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is the perfect fit. Spring session dates with availability are:  March 21 – 28, 2015.

We also have opportunities for students, as well as vets and techs on veterinary field projects to Roatan, Honduras and Charlestown, Nevis. Both are small animal, spay/neuter, projects.

World Vets is Now Offering Personalized Surgical Training

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.

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

 

Recruiting Vets & Techs for Opportunity in Nicaragua

World Vets is looking to recruit licensed veterinarians for a unique opportunity in Nicaragua this summer. We seek veterinarians who are available for a one -two week volunteer placement at our Latin American Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua.

This volunteer opportunity will have veterinarians work with English speaking veterinary students where they will provide guidance as well as instruction in performing spay and neuter surgery. Veterinarians will also take part in community outreach activities where health consultations and preventative health treatments are provided to rural animals living in outlying communities.There are typically 3 surgery days and 1 community outreach day scheduled per session. Veterinarians can expect to have 1.5 days for leisure and evenings free.

Positions are available for just 1 week or for as long as 4-6 consecutive weeks (during summer program). Veterinarians are responsible for their own international airfare, travel and/or health insurance, dinner and snacks, in addition to any optional excursions that they may wish to take part in. Lodging, most meals (i.e. breakfast/lunch on work days) and in country transportation as it relates to the program are provided. Read more about the volunteer experience here

Current DVM Vacancies (Summer Program):

DVM Vacancies (Winter Program):

*If you’re a veterinary technician see here

“Team Roatan” Successfully Delivered despite Adverse Weather Conditions

This past week World Vets had a team on the island of Roatan, Honduras to provide free veterinary services for companion animals. With the “wet season” apparently not quite over, they experienced a couple of downpours during clinic days. Nevertheless, many animals were still in attendance and our team was able to successfully deliver services despite adverse weather conditions. Sterilization surgeries as well as health consultations to diagnose and treat a variety of ailments were provided.

We`d like to thank World Vets volunteers and local partners for an outstanding effort, in addition to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of these much needed campaigns. World Vets has been committed to improving the overall health and well being of animals on the island of Roatan since 2008.

 

Municipality Pledges Support for Humane Population Control: Ecuador

For the past 5 years World Vets has been providing free high volume sterilization campaigns in Ecuador. More specifically, our services have benefited companion animals located within the municipalities of Ibarra and Otavalo. Within this time, World Vets has established agreements in these areas that have acted to cease municipal sponsored poisoning campaigns in exchange for commitments to humane population control methods.

We are happy to announce that on our most recent campaign, another municipality as pledged their support and commitment to humane population control efforts. This speaks to the positive impact and success our efforts, along with local partners, have achieved thus far in Ecuador. World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr. Karen Allum (pictured above), signed this letter of commitment on behalf of World Vets with the mayor of township Atuntaqui.

 

Training Local Veterinarians & Providing Veterinary Services in Paraguay

World Vets recently had a veterinary team in the landlocked South American country of Paraguay. One of the objectives of their visit was to provide free instruction for local veterinarians in performing spay/neuter surgeries. Another aim was to provide a high volume sterilization and animal health clinic for the poor barrios of Asuncion. During their visit, our team encountered very many sick animals requiring a variety of treatments and procedures. Nevertheless, they successfully executed both objectives, which benefited both local professionals in addition to the small animal population.

We would like to thank our team of dedicated volunteers, Fondation Brigitte Bardot as well as local partners Adoptame for their support and efforts that made this campaign possible.

 

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