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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.

Successful Clinic Operated in Dominican Republic

DR2014 For the past two years World Vets has been working in the Dominican Republic to address the issue of overpopulation in companion animals. Working alongside local partners, Asociacion de Amigos por los Animales Sosua (AAAS), we recently carried out a successful operative over Memorial Day weekend. On this recent campaign, we provided high volume spay/neuter services in addition to other much needed veterinary care with great results.

We’d like to thank our team of dedicated volunteers, Asociacion de Amigos por los Animales Sosua (AAAS) as well as Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continued support of our efforts in the Dominican Republic.

World Vets brings veterinary services to the “End of the World”

PG1Punta Gorda, often referred to as the “end of the world” by local inhabitants was the most recent location to benefit from World Vets assistance. As implied by its nickname, Punta Gorda, the southern most town in the country of Belize, very much feels disconnected, forgotten and lived a part from the rest of the country.

One of the major issues concerning animal welfare and health in the region relates to the inability of pet owners to pay for veterinary services. Consequently, the town has been PG34experiencing an exponential growth in the small animal population, in addition to the number of roaming and feral animals.

To help improve the lives of animals at the “end of the world”, World Vets carried out a small animal field service project in collaboration with the newly initiated local humane society.Together we provided, a very successful and first ever, large scale spay/neuter and animal health service campaign. What’s more, all services were provided at no cost to local pet owners.

We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, all of the local support received as well as Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual sponsorship of our animal welfare efforts.

Recruiting Volunteers for One Health Project

131113_0793ATTENTION prospective volunteers! We are currently recruiting veterinarians and a licensed technician on an upcoming One Health field service project in the Caribbean! Join our team to make a difference in lives of animals in San Andres Island and have free time to enjoy the island too! This project is scheduled to run July 26 – August 2, 2014. See more details here

World Vets has been working with the San Andres Island Department of Health since 2012. Together we are bringing SAI Team Beach editmuch needed veterinary services to the small animal population and in turn improving the overall public health on the island. Our large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaigns target both roaming and owned animals.

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World Vets is a Finalist for the Classy Awards!

classy awardsWorld Vets is honored to be a finalist for the Classy Awards, which are presented in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. The awards recognize “the most significant achievements in the social sector worldwide”. Over 3600 organizations worldwide were evaluated as part of the comprehensive yearlong discovery process. World Vets was recently announced as a Top 5 Finalist!

The winner will be announced onstage May 3rd in San Diego at the Classy Awards.

Record Breaking Numbers for Caribbean Pilot Project

N37Last year World Vets received a request for assistance from an animal welfare organization operating on the small Caribbean island of Nevis; a 36 square mile island with only 10,000 local inhabitants located just south of the more famous island St. Kitts. Pet overpopulation was identified as being a major issue for the island’s communities. Given that Nevis is such a small island, World Vets felt compelled to undertake this project as the control and preservation of a healthy animal population is of great importance. For instance, not only 22does it have a huge impact on human health but the overall sustainability of island life as a whole.

To help address issues of health and population control for companion animals on Nevis, World Vets recently operated a pilot project in this location. A pilot project is a location where World Vets has not previously worked or sent a veterinary team. In short, the demand and turn out of animal patients for spay/neuter surgery was incredible. Not only did this campaign break a pilot project record for the total number of surgeries performed, it also outdid our Happyprevious record held on our longstanding small animal project in Ecuador.

We would like to thank CARE Nevis, our volunteer team as well as the local volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this campaign a success and not turn any animal away. We would also like to thank the ministry of agriculture and all of the local island support that was provided to our team and the campaign in general. See pictures

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