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“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.

 

Week Long Equine Welfare Clinics Finish up in Nicaragua

World Vets had a veterinary team in Nicaragua this past week. Together with local veterinarians and volunteers, they provided a week long equine welfare clinic. Working in a variety of locations, they reached both rural and urban horse populations, providing much needed veterinary services and care.

World Vets has been operating an equine welfare project, which provides free veterinary services to horses, in the Granada area for many years. We are thankful for the continual support of Fondation Brigitte Bardot of this ongoing endeavor.

Low Cost Volunteer Opportunity in the Caribbean this Winter!

Join World Vets in the Caribbean for a One Health concept project which collaborates with local government including the department health!

World Vets has been contributing to island health in San Andres Island since 2012 by providing free large scale spay/neuter campaigns, in addition to other treatments for companion animals. This winter a World Vets team will travel to sister island, Providence Island, from December 8 -15, 2014. Read more project details here

The project fee associated with this volunteer opportunity is significantly lower than other opportunities currently available. We are seeking veterinarians, technicians, students and/or assistants to complete our team. To learn more about what you may expect to do as a volunteer on a field service campaign, please see here

This field service project will be led by World Vets first Canadian field service veterinarian, Dr. Steve Kruzenski. You can learn more about Steve here

Two Teams Return from Campaigns in South America

Team Peru

Team Peru

Team Ecuador

Team Ecuador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have just had two great teams complete campaigns in South America! Both provided free veterinary services, including spay/neuter as well as health consultations and treatments. Such services benefited companion animals in Ecuador and Peru respectively.

We`d like to thank World Vets volunteers on both teams for an outstanding effort as well as our local partners, participating muncipalities, in addition to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of these life changing campaigns.

 

World Vets “Team Ecuador” works well into the night

World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr. Joe Zulty (pictured above), performs surgery well into the night with fellow team members on our most recent high volume spay/neuter clinic in Ecuador. We’d like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of our efforts here, along with our local partners PAE-Ibarra, the municipality of Ibarra, in addition to the countless volunteers who contribute and dedicate their time and energy, year after year, on this ongoing project. We have another team deploying to Ecuador in November. Volunteer positions still available! Read more here

The campaign also received local news coverage. You can see it here (In Spanish)

Volunteer in Ecuador & Visit the Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands

Since 2009, World Vets has been providing large scale spay/neuter campaigns benefiting animals in the municipalities of Ibarra and Otavalo. Within these last five years, World Vets has established agreements within these areas that have acted to cease municipal sponsored poisoning campaigns in exchange for free spay/neuter services being provided.

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Spay/Neuter clinic

Located in northern Ecuador, with the Andes mountains not too far away, volunteers pass through and visit the Equator marker on their way to the project location. Volunteers also have free time to enjoy local sights and attractions and are encouraged to extend their trip by a few days to visit the famous Galapagos Islands.

World Vets will be sending a team to Ecuador November 8 – 15, 2014 to provide a large-scale spay/neuter campaign. The team may also perform any other surgical procedures needed on a case-by-case basis.

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Surgical patients and their owners

We are seeking veterinarians, veterinary technicians (licensed and non-licensed), students as well as assistants to complete our team!

Read more about this volunteer opportunity here

 

World Vets Volunteers Impact Animal Lives in Peru: Trixie the Street Dog

World Vets volunteer Dr Marian Boden (who performed the surgery) snuggles with Trixie in recovery

World Vets volunteer Dr Marian Boden (who performed the surgery) snuggles with Trixie in recovery

Trixie at home following surgery

Trixie at home following surgery

Trixie was a street dog with a badly wounded right front leg. Luckily she had been taken in by a local woman and her family. When Trixie was brought to our team, during World Vets recent campaign in Cusco, it appeared that she had been hit by a car.

The family had been cleaning her leg wound, which healed overtime, though the leg kept dragging. The wound would also constantly break open and get infected. They sought veterinary care, to have the leg amputated, but it was too expensive and they could not afford it. So, they continued to care for her on their own,

putting a sock over the leg and wound to protect it.

With help from our local partners, the family was able to bring Trixie to World Vets field clinic in Cusco. There our team, specifically Dr. Marian Boden and Dr. Teri Weronko, were able to lessen her pain and increase her comfort by performing the much needed operation (free of charge).

We are happy to report that Trixie has had a great recovery and is now smiling!

New Friendships Made While Helping Animals in Peru

World Vets volunteer Dr Marian Boden (who performed the surgery) snuggles with Trixie in recovery

World Vets volunteer Dr Marian Boden (who performed the surgery) snuggles with Trixie in recovery

A World Vets team has just returned from Peru after providing a very successful large scale spay/neuter campaign within the district of Cusco. In a few short days, our team was able to perform over 200 surgeries as well as assist many animals that had been suffering for a long time. In particular Trixie (pictured left) who was finally able to have her leg amputated after many years of carrying around the lifeless limb. As reported by our local partners, she has made a full recovery and is now up and running about.

World Vets volunteer Dr Laurie Clauss sits with Peruvian veterinarians Dr Carmen Caceres and associate

World Vets volunteer Dr Laurie Clauss sits with Peruvian veterinarians Dr Carmen Caceres and associate

This campaign also served as a great reminder about how our projects not only bring together like minded professionals, they also serve as a great opportunity for information exchanges between our volunteers and local practitioners. Many new friendships were made benefiting both furry friends and their local veterinary service providers.

Join our team heading there at the end of this month! Read more here

We’d like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot, the alcaldia of San Jeronimo, Pataz, Asociacion Cusco Verde, Lazzy Veterinary Clinic as well as our veterinary team and all local volunteers for their support and participation.

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