How will you Travel for Good? Volunteer with World Vets!

In January we reported that World Vets was a beneficiary of Travelocity’s “Travel for Good” contest. Not only did World Vets receive a monetary donation, but contest winner Courtney Vaudreuil, and friend Carole Angelo, got the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to take part in a World Vets small animal project. We’d like to thank Travelocity once again for visiting and supporting our program in Nicaragua and for sharing Courtney’s volunteer story!

We are lucky to have such amazing volunteers who come together to help animals in need. How will you travel for good? Start your journey with World Vets!

Summer 2017 | Student Internship with World Vets

World Vets seeks an enthusiastic and hardworking student 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 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 student intern will work alongside World Vets staff and volunteers in Nicaragua to aid and assist with the execution of the Summer 2017 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, labeling 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


Who can Apply?
  • This internship opportunity is open to pre-veterinary and/or veterinary technician students. Veterinary students may also be considered, however, getting surgical experience is not part of this opportunity.
  • Preference will be given to those who have participated on a past IVM Program session.
  • We seek a student that is able to commit for 7 – 8 consecutive weeks from June 5 – July 26, 2017
  • 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 with an international non profit and with 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 activities, breakfast, and 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 DECEMBER 31st, 2016. Please list your full name, and include the past IVM Program session you participated on and whether you are able to commit for the dates listed.

Apply Now! Continuing Promise 2017

Continuing Promise is a humanitarian and civic assistance deployment program. It is composed of U.S. military personnel, partner nations’ forces and civilian relief volunteers that provide medical, dental and veterinary care, in addition to training for military personnel and valuable services to communities in need. This mission serves the Caribbean and Central and South America.

World Vets is a veterinary nongovernmental organization (NGO) that has been represented on this mission since 2009. We provide volunteer opportunities for veterinary professionals as part of this mission and in turn contribute veterinary manpower and skills to accomplish the mission`s objectives.

PLEASE NOTE: Continuing Promise 2017 will not take place on board a ship. Prospective volunteers will be part of an expeditionary force based “on the ground” for the duration of their participation. Veterinary expeditions will take place in Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia in Winter/Spring 2017.

Application deadline: November 30, 2016

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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 licensed to practice within the USA/Canada*
  • Those who can commit to a 2-3 week rotation

*Qualified veterinarians and/or veterinary nurses from the UK, Australia and/or New Zealand are also eligible, however will 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. 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. The focus of the mission is capacity building and contributing to sustainable projects. If prospective volunteers have Spanish language fluency, this is a plus.

World Vets Thailand Elephant Experience

This summer World Vets had the opportunity to work at an elephant sanctuary located in northern Thailand. Our volunteers took part in routine daily tasks involving the general care, feeding and maintenance of elephants. They also provided ongoing veterinary attention that various elephants require due to injures suffered prior to their re-location to the sanctuary. What’s more, we also used this experience as a teaching opportunity for students to learn more about elephant anatomy, medicine and treatments.

A Successful Summer in the Balkans!

In August World Vets had two veterinary teams working in the Balkans region of Europe. Our teams provided high volume sterilization campaigns in Albania and Romania over a two week period. They also provided other needed veterinary services for animals, all of which were provided free of charge. Hundreds of animals benefited for these efforts where many came to us in baskets, bags and other forms of “transport” to receive attention and care.

We greatly appreciate and thank our dedicated volunteers and local partners for an outstanding job in making this a successful summer effort!

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