Intern with World Vets in Nicaragua | Summer 2018

World Vets seeks an enthusiastic and hardworking intern who is ready for an adventure! We have an exciting summer internship opportunity based out of our Latin America Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua, as part of our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program. The IVM Program is World Vets student program that provides English speaking international students with an opportunity to gain practical veterinary experience as well as hands on instruction in relation to performing clinical tasks.

As part of this opportunity, the intern will work alongside World Vets staff and volunteers in Nicaragua to aid and assist with the execution of the Summer 2018 IVM Program. More details are provided below.


Tasks & Responsibilities:

– Assist with local logistics and coordination as it pertains to the IVM Program, in addition to providing general animal care. Activities and tasks may consist of the following:

  1. Taking part in animal collection and returning animals to their homes/communities following recovery
  2. Tending to surgical patients post op in recovery; monitoring, grooming, and administration of post op medicines
  3. Taking part in community outreach activities, which provide free veterinary services for dogs, cats and horses in outlying rural communities
  4. When appropriate, helping to prep animal patients for surgery
  5. Miscellaneous administrative/data collection duties

– Act as social coordinator for IVM Program participants while the program is underway. This will consist of the following

  1. Welcoming students/instructors to program housing upon arrival and showing them around the house and to their rooms (and labelling rooms with the names of who will be sleeping where each session)
  2. Being the “go to” person should anyone have any “tourist related” questions in relation to where they can go to do this, where they can go buy that, best places to eat etc.
  3. Getting everyone signed up for an activity prior to the designated free day and getting these activities* lined up (and collecting money for this, if needed)
  4. Take part in the weekly group activity that is scheduled the day after arrivals
  5. When there is free time or during evenings, organize activities or social get-togethers where people can get to know each other, have fun, and experience more of Granada. I.e. rally up people to go out to dinner, to go shopping etc.

*World Vets will have 3 set activities that we offer to coordinate for IVM Program participants

There are also opportunities to participate in ongoing studies and/or conduct research as part of this internship opportunity


Who can Apply?
  • This internship opportunity is open to veterinary technicians, pre-veterinary students, veterinary technician students, as well as those who are pre-med and/or studying nursing. Students with an interest and/or focus in One Health will also be considered.
  • Preference will be given to those who have participated on a past IVM Program session
  • We seek candidates who are able to commit for 10 consecutive weeks from May 26 – August 8, 2018
  • Spanish fluency or conversational Spanish is desired, though not a requirement.

Conditions:
  • This is a non paid internship, but an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in an international setting with a veterinary non-profit, meanwhile helping animals in need.
  • There is a fee associated with this internship opportunity. In exchange for this fee, the following will be provided for the intern; housing for the duration of the internship, airport transfers (on assigned days), ground transportation related to clinic work and veterinary activities, breakfast, lunches on clinic work days, program supplies and full participation in program activities, in addition to a World Vets scrub top and/or gear.
  • What is not provided (and what the intern will need to cover): International airfare, optional excursions/activities, dinner, Nicaraguan tourist visa ($10 USD), travel and/or health insurance, personal equipment necessary for the opportunity (i.e watch, stethoscope, water bottle), incidentals and anything not specifically outlined as included.

If interested, please send a cover letter and copy of your current resume/CV to drsteve@worldvets BEFORE JANUARY 1st, 2018. In the cover letter, please list your full name and any previous World Vets project(s) and/or past IVM Program session(s) you may have participated on and whether you are able to commit for the dates listed.

Matching Donation Challenge & #GivingTuesday

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  On Nov 28th World Vets will once again be participating in #GivingTuesday, a national movement to encourage spending with a purpose.  Not only that, but we are thrilled to announce that the Maria Norbury Foundation has graciously offered a $15,000 end of year matching donation challenge starting Giving Tuesday. This means that EVERY dollar you donate up to $15,000 starting this #GivingTuesday will be matched!

Save the date to support World Vets and your support can go twice as far. With your help, we can raise a tremendous amount of financial support to benefit our mission to help animals around the globe.

Disaster Relief for Animals Affected by Tropical Storm Nate

World Vets Nicaraguan staff recently deployed to provide much needed disaster relief and support for animals affected by tropical storm Nate. They have been distributing potable water, dog food as well as providing veterinary attention for animals in need. If you’d like to contribute to our disaster response efforts in Nicaragua, you may do so here

Now Recruiting! Civil – Military Humanitarian Aid Missions 2018

World Vets is the veterinary non-governmental organization (NGO) currently represented on two U.S. Navy led humanitarian aid missions: Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise. These missions provide medical, dental and veterinary coverage to regions in South East Asia and the Pacific as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. 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 contributes veterinary manpower and skills to accomplish these mission`s VET requirements by organizing volunteer opportunities for veterinary professionals. As such, our teams work alongside and in collaboration with US Army vets and technicians as well as animal health care professionals and local veterinarians in host nations.

Information regarding the 2018 Continuing Promise mission can be found here


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 who are licensed to practice within the USA and/or Canada*
  • Those who can commit to at least 2-3 consecutive weeks

*Qualified veterinarians and/or veterinary nurses from the UK, Australia and/or New Zealand are also eligible, however may 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 (companion animals). The focus of these missions is capacity building and contributing to sustainable projects. As such , 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.


A few special notes:
  • Humanitarian aid missions will not take place on board a hospital and/or Navy ship. As such, prospective volunteers may be part of an expeditionary force based “on the ground” for the duration of the veterinary engagement.
  • Prospective volunteers may be responsible for providing their own lodging/meals for the duration of their participation.
  • Learn more about general health and documentation requirements here
  • Learn more about volunteer responsibilities here

 

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