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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