Multiple Campaigns Held over Spring Break

This past month World Vets had multiple teams in Latin America and the Caribbean providing free veterinary services. We operated small animal projects in Cozumel, Nicaragua and Ecuador, in addition to having a team work with exotics in Roatan, Honduras. Combined, these campaigns provided over 1000 free sterilizations and reached hundreds more.

We’d like to thank our local partners for hosting these campaigns, as well as our dedicated team members for choosing to volunteer and travel with us over their spring break!

World Vets Giving Hearts Day Results

GHD2015TYThanks to your support, World Vets raised over $6,000 in 24 hrs to help provide aid to animals who would otherwise have no care! Giving Hearts Day is a 24 hr annual give-a-thon held throughout ND & MN, where the World Vets headquarters is located. Your gift is already at work making a difference.  We are grateful to have such compassionate and caring supporters.

Thank you!

Love,

The World Vets Team 

Didn’t get the chance to donate, but still want to contribute to our cause? It’s never too late to make a contribution to World Vets!

  Thank you for your support! Together we can make a difference.
 ~The World Vets Team

 

Zika Virus Alert: Pregnant Volunteers

In light of the recent development concerning the zika virus, World Vets recommends that our volunteers (or prospective volunteers) do not sign up for trips in Latin America and/or the Caribbean if they are pregnant, may be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant with their partners. If you are currently registered for a World Vets project, we always recommend that volunteers obtain travel insurance in the event that they may have to cancel their participation as project fees are non-refundable and/or non-transferable to other opportunities and/or persons.

Statement from CDC for pregnant women: Recommendations for Pregnant Women Considering Travel to an Area of Zika Virus Transmission

Because there is neither a vaccine nor prophylactic medications available to prevent Zika virus infection, CDC recommends that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing (10). If a pregnant woman (or her partner) travels to an area with Zika virus transmission, they should be advised to strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites (11,12). Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite both indoors and outdoors, mostly during the daytime; therefore, it is important to ensure protection from mosquitoes throughout the entire day (13). Mosquito prevention strategies include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–registered insect repellents, using permethrin-treated clothing and gear, and staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms. When used as directed on the product label, insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are safe for pregnant women (14,15). Further guidelines for using insect repellents are available online

For the most current information on areas impacted by Zika virus, visit the CDC website here

More information on the Zika virus and prevention techniques can be found here

World Vets benefits from Travelocity “Travel for Good” contest

A few weeks ago World Vets received a most welcomed surprise. We learned that World Vets volunteer Courtney Vaudreuil participated in the Travelocity “Travel for Good”  twitter contest. We were even more shocked when she won the grand prize! What did she win? An opportunity for her and friend Carole Angelo to travel and volunteer with World Vets. What’s more, Travelocity also made a significant monetary contribution to World Vets in support of our international efforts to help animals!

Courtney claimed her prize earlier this month by joining us in Nicaragua for a veterinary field service project. This project had our team provide free spay/neuter services for companion animals in undeserrved communities and to benefit those who are unable to afford this service. In a four day period, over 200 free sterilizations were provided!

But, it doesn’t just stop there. Prior to Courtney’s trip, she was trying to collect donations of dog collars and leashes to give out during the project. While she succeeded in getting some, Travelocity surprised her with a large donation of collars and leashes during the project, which she then distributed to animal patients at the clinic site.

A common thing we often hear from our volunteers is how amazing it is that individuals from all different backgrounds and geographical locations can come together and accomplish so much good in just a short amount of time. We believe this wouldn’t be possible if our volunteers didn’t share a common goal and passion. World Vets has been very lucky in this sense in attracting outstanding volunteers that want to dedicate their time, energy and skills as part of our projects that help animals.

We depend heavily on our volunteers to achieve our mission and in turn bring much needed veterinary care to animals all over the world. We not only have a need for veterinarians, but anyone who is an animal lover! In other words, in order to volunteer it is not necessary that you have previous veterinary or animal related experience. Courtney and Carole did not come from a veterinary background yet they still filled a very important role as “assistant” in tending to animals recovering after surgery.  Read more about volunteer descriptions here

We are extremely grateful for this opportunity and thank Travelocity for choosing Courtney and supporting World Vets!

Travelocity believes that voluntourism makes us and our world better. They want to support people who have the desire to travel for good, which is why they re-launched the Travel For Good program this past fall. Travel For Good aims to support individuals who have causes they’re passionate about, and through this program, Travelocity strives to help to make a difference all over the world.

 

Mark your calendars & show your love for animals this Giving Hearts Day!

SAVE THE DATE!

With your help, World Vets can raise a tremendous amount of financial support to benefit our mission this Giving Hearts Day (Thursday, February 11th).  During this 24 hour online fundraising event, match funding multiplies the impact of your giving.

To make a secure online contribution simply go to impactgiveback.org and select World Vets on Thursday, February 11th!  Mark your calendars and show your love for animals this Giving Hearts Day!

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