2013 Project Spotlight: San Andres Island

Team SAISAI Mar 42 editWith support from Fondation Brigitte Bardot, World Vets sent its first team to San Andres Island in 2012 for a pilot project. Our team’s visit also made history as being the first foreign veterinary brigade to provide free veterinary services on the Island. Before our initial visit and campaign, it had only been Colombian veterinarians from the mainland that provided irregular veterinary relief.    

What prompted our visit and subsequent large scale spay/neuter and preventive health campaign was the request and an invitation from the San Andres Island Department of Health.  They had been urged into action as a result of the worsening plight of its small animal population, consisting of health issues as well as their overpopulation. Given San Andres Island is not very big, it became quite apparent that animal health is not only an animal welfare issue but a concern for public health and safety as well.

This year we scheduled two visits and subsequent veterinary campaigns to aid local efforts in controlling the island’s small animal population as well as tackling disease control and prevention.  Read about one of our success stories from this project here.

We also have an upcoming volunteer opportunity as part of our San Andres Island field service project. Read more about it here and join us in San Andres Island this December!

Special Offering for LVT/RVT: Ecuador November 2013

Ecu17With support from Fondation Brigitte Bardot, PAE – Ibarra and local municipalities, World Vets has been providing regular high volume spay/neuter services in Ecuador since 2009. Spanning the last four years, World Vets has sent 10 veterinary teams (about 150 volunteers) to Ecuador which has brought veterinary care to animals that would otherwise have none.

World Vets has an upcoming volunteer opportunity for an LVT/RVT to Ecuador as Ecu26part of our long standing small animal project there. We will be sending a team to Ibarra, Ecuador in November 2013 and would like to fill the LVT/RVT position as soon as possible. If you are  an LVT/RVT and interested, please write to trips@worldvets.org to learn more about a potential special offering.

Read more about this volunteer opportunity here . See pictures of  World Vets in Ecuador 

An LVT/RVT is a licensed or registered veterinary technician. Certified veterinary technician (CVT) also applies for this position. 

Making a Difference: World Vets Latin America Veterinary Training Center

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                                                   At the end of 2011, World Vets celebrated the grand opening of our Latin America Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua.  This center was established to provide free surgical instruction and training to Latin American veterinarians and upper level veterinary students. Outfitted with modern equipment such as gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters, fluid pumps, autoclave, centrifuge and ultrasound, we strive to teach and practice high quality veterinary medicine.

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                                                                                                         We currently employ three full time Nicaraguan veterinarians who provide weekly training sessions in Spanish as part of this program. Prior to their employment, they had volunteered with World Vets as veterinary students during our Nicaraguan field clinics. They now provide high quality instruction in surgical techniques, safe anesthesia, patient safety and comfort as well as pain management. To date we have had over 100 participants receive training as part this program. Veterinarians and students have come from all over Nicaragua and have even traveled from Mexico, Guatemala and Peru to take part.

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World Vets was recently presented with an award from La Universidad Catolica del Tropico Seco de Esteli (UCATSE), in association with their Agricultural Science Department, based in Esteli, Nicaragua. This award was given in recognition of the invaluable support that we have provided to their students in helping to shape their futures as veterinarians.

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Even though it is a training facility, our number one priority is always to provide the best patient care possible for each and every animal that comes through the center. These much needed spay/neuter services as well as any additional medical treatments that may be needed for the patient are provided completely free of charge to pet owners and for street animals. As a result of this program, we have provided over 3500 surgical procedures at no cost to local pet owners and street dogs. What’s more, our Nicaraguan veterinarians provide a door to door service for rural animals; picking them up for surgery and returning them home following recovery.
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Our training center not only provides instruction and training to animal healthcare professionals. It is also benefitting many communities outlying the city of Granada who do not have access to veterinary services for their animals. To keep up to date with our training center activities, `like` its page on Facebook here
We thank Fondation Briggite Bardot for their support of this program

New! Custom Trip option for Groups!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you work at a veterinary practice or are you part of a veterinary faculty at an academic institution? Are you looking for an international volunteer opportunity that you and your colleagues and/or faculty and students can do together?

Starting in 2014, World Vets has a great volunteer opportunity for groups to Granada, Nicaragua. Read more here

1 Vet position left for our Dominican Republic Project! November 2013

SONY DSCThere is just 1 VETERINARIAN position left open on our small animal field service project to the Dominican Republic. Join us from November 9 – 16, 2013 and provide a three day large scale sterilization campaign in the coastal town of Sosua! Unlike most field operatives, this project will have gas anesthesia available.

Aside from veterinary work, volunteers will have free time to explore the area or simply lounge on the beach! Check out this SONY DSCvolunteer opportunity here

See pictures of  World Vets in the Dominican Republic

This project is supported by Fondation Brigitte Bardot of Paris, France
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