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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.

World Vets: The First 8 Years!

Eight years ago, World Vets got started from an idea and a donation jar. With programs in 42 countries on 6 continents, we have now provided over $25 million worth of veterinary services to animals that would otherwise not have access to care.

We rely on your generous donations to bring care to the animals most in need.

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Please see our `help`tab on the main menu to see all the ways you can contribute.

Volunteer in Peru & Visit Machu Picchu

DSCN1325Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, is located in the Peruvian Andes. It is also the jumping off point to the famous Machu Picchu ruins.

Since 2011, World Vets has been providing large scale spay/neuter campaigns benefiting animals in three distinct districts of Cusco. In the last three years, we have also established agreements within these districts which stipulate that municipal sponsored poisoning campaigns would cease in their area in exchange for free spay/neuter services. Consequently, our Cusco DSCN0241small animal project has acted to limit such poisoning campaigns.

World Vets will return to Peru September 30 – October 7, 2014 to provide a large-scale spay/neuter campaign, in addition to preventative health treatments. The team may also perform any other surgical procedures needed on a case-by-case basis and provide a small number of health consultations. This campaign will also celebrate World Animal Day (Oct 4).

We are seeking veterinary technicians (licensed and non-licensed) as well as students and assistants (no previous experience DSCN0141required) to complete our team.  If you speak Spanish and/or have Spanish speaking skills, this would be a great opportunity for you to utilize  and/or practice your language skills.

Volunteers will have free time to enjoy local and/or national sights such as the famous Machu Picchu ruins and other Inca sites as well as visit handicraft and artisan markets.

Read more about this volunteer opportunity here

A True Island Effort: Colombian Military working alongside World Vets

10511149_10152122058155904_3040387750315493401_nFor the last few years World Vets has been partnering with the Department of Health on San Andres Island to help control the small animal population through spay/neuter.

During these campaigns, we are also joined by members of the Colombian military who assist our teams in transporting dogs, providing crowd control and other tasks involved with the clinic.

We just recently completed a large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaign which resulted in close to 200 surgeries being performed.

SAI Team MilitaryWe’d like to thank all of our local partners for a true island effort as well as our volunteers and Fondation Brigitte Bardot who help make this project possible.

We have another campaign scheduled in San Andres Island December 1 – 8, 2014. Volunteer opportunities on this project coming soon!

 

 

Travel Off the Beaten Path & Help Train Veterinary Professionals

iguazu fallsParaguay, a landlocked country, is considered to be one of the poorest nations in South America as well as the least developed and most isolated. As a result of its seclusion, much assistance for animal welfare and veterinary training of local professionals is limited. To address the scare resources available for animals and the veterinary profession, World Vets operated a pilot project to Asuncion, the capital, in 2013.

asu7World Vets will return to Paraguay October 22 – 29, 2014. The veterinary services that will be provided on this upcoming project include spay/neuter surgery for both owned and un-owned animals, along with other surgical procedures deemed necessary on a case by case basis. Medical consultations may also be provided for parasites, skin conditions in addition to any other health ailments that are presented. Moreover, team members will work alongside and/or provide guidance and instruction to local veterinary asu1professionals.

We are seeking veterinary volunteers that have an interest in working with and mentoring foreign veterinarians as well as traveling to a location off the beaten path. If you speak Spanish and/or have Spanish speaking skills, this would be a great opportunity for you to utilize  and/or practice your language skills.

Volunteers will also have free time to enjoy local and/or national sights such as the famous Iguazu Falls, Jesuit missionary ruins and/or visit handicraft and artisan markets.

Read more about this unique volunteer opportunity here

One Health in Action: Partnership to Benefit Rural Communities

World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr Jerry Brown, with MINSA employee at community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr Jerry Brown, with MINSA employee at community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets volunteers vaccinating for rabies during community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets volunteers vaccinating for rabies during community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

Pet owners wait in line with their dogs to receive rabies vaccination; Nicaragua

Pet owners wait in line with their dogs to receive rabies vaccination

Over the past six years, World Vets has maintained a constant presence in Nicaragua providing much needed veterinary services as well as capacity building. In this time, we have executed countless field clinics, benefiting thousands of animals, in addition to helping those access treatments and procedures that were previously unavailable.

We have also established a Latin America Veterinary Training Center located within the city of Granada. This facility provides free spay and neuter services benefiting animals in and around the area, meanwhile training the next generation of Latin American veterinarians in proper anesthesia and surgery techniques. The center also hosts our student program (World Vets International Veterinary Medicine Program) where students representing nearly every veterinary school in North America (as well as other schools from around the world) have come to learn, help animals in need and gain invaluable experience in international veterinary medicine.

To add to our program service and community impact, we have recently partnered with the Ministry of Health (MINSA) in Nicaragua to help eradicate rabies in the country. As part of our weekly community outreach clinics, where we take our services out  into rural communities, we are now providing free rabies vaccinations for all dogs. Our community outreach efforts are a vital way to help poor communities that would otherwise not have access to or a means of obtaining veterinary care.

One Health is and remains a cornerstone of all of our activities in Nicaragua. Together with MINSA we are committed to improving the health of animals and communities in the country.

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Every Dollar Buys a Collar! Help us Provide Collars for Animals Need

pp11fsm6World Vets is collecting donations to distribute new collars to animals in need in Nicaragua, and around the world! Many of the dogs we see have collars made of chains, rope, wire and many other materials that often cause harm and discomfort. Our goal is to provide 15,000 adjustable nylon collars.  Please help us reach this goal!

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If you would like to send collars directly to us for this cause, new collars can be sent to:  World Vets 802 1st Ave North, Fargo, North Dakota 58102.

 Sorry, but due to customs import regulations we are unable to accept used collars.

Help Animals Impacted by Oso, Washington Mudslide

Death Toll Continues To Mount After Massive Washington MudslideOn March 22, 2014 a massive mudslide engulfed a rural neighborhood near Oso, Washington killing 42 people.  One person is still missing.  Homes and lives were shattered and community members are facing economic and other hardships that will continue for the foreseeable future.  There is no veterinary clinic in the town and the main road out of the town is still buried in the massive mudslide making travel difficult. 
 
The doctors and staff at Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic in Coupeville, Washington will be providing free veterinary services to the community later this month and World Vets has pledged to help them with getting the supplies they need.  Our goal is to raise $1500 to buy supplies for this event, which will help the pets of Oso.
 
100% of the funds donated will go directly to helping the animals at this event.  Please help us reach this goal!
 
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Fundraiser is now closed. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Recruiting LVT, RVT, CVT’s for South American Projects

EcuN59 editAre you a licensed, registered or certified veterinary technician (or veterinary nurse)? World Vets has exciting volunteer opportunities just for you.

Travel to the Andes or off the beaten path and take part on one of our large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaigns operated in South America! Check out the links below for trip specific information.

Cusco, Peru (August): Read more

1377057_10151610866371671_1999576244_nCusco, Peru (Sept/Oct): Read more

Asuncion, Paraguay (October): Read more

Otavalo, Ecuador (November): Read more

The “LVT/RVT” volunteer category is only open to veterinary technicians that are either licensed, registered and/or certified. The LVT/RVT is responsible for administering, monitoring and managing the pre medication as well as the anesthesia given to surgical patients. In short, they run the pre-med/induction station to prepare patients for surgery.
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