Travel Off the Beaten Path & Help Train Veterinary Professionals

iguazu fallsParaguay, a landlocked country, is considered to be one of the poorest nations in South America as well as the least developed and most isolated. As a result of its seclusion, much assistance for animal welfare and veterinary training of local professionals is limited. To address the scare resources available for animals and the veterinary profession, World Vets operated a pilot project to Asuncion, the capital, in 2013.

asu7World Vets will return to Paraguay October 22 – 29, 2014. The veterinary services that will be provided on this upcoming project include spay/neuter surgery for both owned and un-owned animals, along with other surgical procedures deemed necessary on a case by case basis. Medical consultations may also be provided for parasites, skin conditions in addition to any other health ailments that are presented. Moreover, team members will work alongside and/or provide guidance and instruction to local veterinary asu1professionals.

We are seeking veterinary volunteers that have an interest in working with and mentoring foreign veterinarians as well as traveling to a location off the beaten path. If you speak Spanish and/or have Spanish speaking skills, this would be a great opportunity for you to utilize  and/or practice your language skills.

Volunteers will also have free time to enjoy local and/or national sights such as the famous Iguazu Falls, Jesuit missionary ruins and/or visit handicraft and artisan markets.

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One Health in Action: Partnership to Benefit Rural Communities

World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr Jerry Brown, with MINSA employee at community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr Jerry Brown, with MINSA employee at community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets volunteers vaccinating for rabies during community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets volunteers vaccinating for rabies during community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

Pet owners wait in line with their dogs to receive rabies vaccination; Nicaragua

Pet owners wait in line with their dogs to receive rabies vaccination

Over the past six years, World Vets has maintained a constant presence in Nicaragua providing much needed veterinary services as well as capacity building. In this time, we have executed countless field clinics, benefiting thousands of animals, in addition to helping those access treatments and procedures that were previously unavailable.

We have also established a Latin America Veterinary Training Center located within the city of Granada. This facility provides free spay and neuter services benefiting animals in and around the area, meanwhile training the next generation of Latin American veterinarians in proper anesthesia and surgery techniques. The center also hosts our student program (World Vets International Veterinary Medicine Program) where students representing nearly every veterinary school in North America (as well as other schools from around the world) have come to learn, help animals in need and gain invaluable experience in international veterinary medicine.

To add to our program service and community impact, we have recently partnered with the Ministry of Health (MINSA) in Nicaragua to help eradicate rabies in the country. As part of our weekly community outreach clinics, where we take our services out  into rural communities, we are now providing free rabies vaccinations for all dogs. Our community outreach efforts are a vital way to help poor communities that would otherwise not have access to or a means of obtaining veterinary care.

One Health is and remains a cornerstone of all of our activities in Nicaragua. Together with MINSA we are committed to improving the health of animals and communities in the country.

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Become a Member, Make a Difference!

 

memberBecome a Member and make a difference!  It’s easy, affordable, and an effective way to support animals in need around the globe.

All World Vets members enjoy the following benefits:

  • All members receive a subscription to the World Vets E-Newsletter.
  • All members 18 and older are eligible to volunteer on field service projects.
  • All members receive the opportunity to register for projects before they are advertised to the general public.

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Every Dollar Buys a Collar! Help us Provide Collars for Animals Need

pp11fsm6World Vets is collecting donations to distribute new collars to animals in need in Nicaragua. Many of the dogs we see have collars made of chains, rope, wire and many other materials that often cause harm and discomfort. Our goal is to provide 15,000 adjustable nylon collars.  Please help us reach this goal!

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If you would like to send collars directly to us for this cause, new collars can be sent to:  World Vets 802 1st Ave North, Fargo, North Dakota 58102.

 Sorry, but due to customs import regulations we are unable to accept used collars.

World Vets Bosnia-Herzegovina Flood Response

Photo May 30, 5 03 01 AMThis past month we reported on the massive flooding that devastated the small European country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, among its neighbors Croatia and Serbia. This flood crisis has left millions of animals and people in a dire situation and in desperate need for help. Thousands of animals died from the immediate impact of the floods, however many more livestock and companion animals were left requiring urgent assistance.

To provide support for animals that had been impacted, World 1799967_10204182702597735_3699238074989041961_oVets deployed to the region. Our disaster response personnel worked in collaboration with the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Sarajevo and government officials to identify needs and get help where it is needed. Together we conducted country-wide assessments that identified animal concerns as well as supplies and equipment needed to help them.  Bosnia-Herzegovina has many very capable veterinarians but many of the  local veterinary clinics had been inundated with water and their medicines and supplies were destroyed giving an urgent need for relief supplies.  Many family run farms lost their entire stock and animals that had survived moved to higher grounds. Surviving animals were Photo May 30, 6 39 56 AMsuffering from a variety of conditions including pneumonia, infections and skin problems resulting from displacement, lack of available provisions and overall wet conditions.

Based on the regional needs that were identified, we sent a shipment of veterinary supplies and equipment valued at over $10,000 USD to aid in the relief efforts as they relate to animals.  These include herd health and public health issues, zoonotic disease prevention as well as direct animal care.

Animals are often not the primary focus during massive disasters and World Vets is committed to bridging this gap and helping them during their greatest time of need. If you wish to aid our disaster response efforts, please donate.

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