Volunteer Opportunity for Veterinarians

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World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is a student program where licensed veterinarians with at least one year of clinical experience can provide surgical instruction to veterinary students. DVM instructors will work one-on-one with students to teach spay and neuter surgery.  You will be teaching students your real world techniques along with a few guidelines from World Vets.  There are typically 5-6 veterinarians and 10-12 veterinary students per session. Volunteer vets will work one on one with 1-2 students at a time (similar to mentoring students on a preceptorship).  Our lead veterinarians (Nicaraguan and North American) will provide orientation and be there throughout the program.    No prior teaching experience is required however you must be comfortable and competent in performing and teaching basic spay and neuter surgery.  Veterinarians are not expected to provide lectures or large group instruction.  During community outreach, vets will work alongside students and Nicaraguan vets to do basic health consults and administer preventive healthcare treatments while sharing knowledge and basic techniques with students.  We strive to create a low stress environment for teaching and learning while taking great care of our patients!

World Vets Latin America Veterinary Training Center, located in Granada, Nicaragua, hosts the majority of the program activities. It is equipped with gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters, fluid pumps, blood pressure monitor, autoclave, centrifuge and ultrasound machine. Instruction may also be given in some basic diagnostic tests such as blood and tissue smears, fecal flotations, PCV/TP, and urinalysis.

All surgeries are performed on community animals that require sterilization. Members of the local community own most of the surgical patients, but homeless cats and dogs are also considered for sterilization.  These much needed spay/neuter services, as well as any additional medical treatments, are provided free of charge to local pet owners and the community.  Although it is a training facility, patient care and patient needs are always our top priority, so patient comfort and appropriate pain management is always implemented.


What does it cost?

There is a small registration fee for veterinarians. The registration fee may vary depending on the duration of the session. For instance a regular 8 day session is $250 USD and a longer 10 day session is $295 USD. The registration fee is due at the time of registration. Should instructors wish to extend their stay and participate in additional consecutive sessions, its $250 USD/additional week.

To be considered for a DVM instructor position, please send an email to info@worldvets.org and include a copy of your CV/resume and current veterinary license. In your email, please state the specific session(s) you are interested in applying for. All upcoming sessions are listed here. Registration links are provided exclusively to those selected to fill an instructor role and are not posted publicly.

NEW OPPORTUNITY – World Vets is now offering RACE-approved continuing education for veterinarians and technicians who register for IVM instructor positions. Instructors can select the add-on CE option for $450 USD (2017 rate). Click here to read more.

What’s included:

World Vets scrub top and volunteer kit, pre – trip planning and coordination (per the program’s itinerary), accommodations for 7 or 9 nights (per the session dates listed), breakfast, lunches on clinical days, airport transfers per established meeting times on official arrival/departure days, and a carriage ride and boat tour.

What’s NOT included:
Airfare, optional excursions, incidentals, travel and/or health insurance, dinner and snacks, personal equipment necessary for the course, World Vets membership fee* ($40 USD), and anything not specifically outlined as included.
* Read more about membership here

 


Will I have free time to explore the area?

Yes. World Vets will arrange one day for the group to take a horse drawn carriage ride tour of the historical downtown district of Granada, followed by a boat expedition around the islets of Lake Nicaragua. This will give you the opportunity to get acquainted with your local surroundings as well as interact with other members of the group.

There is an additional day with no scheduled activity so you are free to make your own arrangements. There are several tour companies in Granada that can arrange for day trips to various places such as shopping at Masaya Market, ziplining at Volcano Mombacho, cocoa and coffee farm tours, a chocolate-making class and horseback riding to name a few.

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Accommodations

Instructors stay at a colonial style vacation rental home with beautiful gardens located just a few blocks from the center of town and within walking distance to restaurants, shops and others sights. The house has hot water, a fully equipped kitchen, cable, air conditioning in rooms, ceiling fans throughout and a newly installed pool. Accommodations and living quarters will be shared.  The house is huge and is reserved for our group only.  We consistently get great feedback about the accommodations.

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Typical Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival Day

Today marks the official arrival day of the IVM session. You will arrive at Augusto C Sandino International Airport located in Managua, Nicaragua.  Airport code: MGA. There will be airport shuttles provide for early afternoon and evening arrivals.

Day 2: Group Activity & Orientation

In the morning you will take part in a group activity followed by orientation at the training center in the afternoon. Participants will hop in a horse drawn carriage for a tour of the city of Granada. These horses are recipients of free veterinary services as a result of World Vets equine welfare project in the city. You will then be taken down to Lake Nicaragua and get on a boat for a tour of “Las Isletas” (“Little Islands”). Once the tour is complete you will lunch at a local venue and proceed to the training center for orientation. The evening is free for participants to explore.

Day 3: Training Center Clinic Day

Today students and instructors will work out of World Vets training center and provide free spay/neuter services for community animals in need of the operation. Students will receive one on one instruction and have the opportunity to work with the following equipment; gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters, fluid pumps and an autoclave.  There may also exist the opportunity to perform basic diagnostic tests such as blood and tissue smears, fecal flotations, PCV/TP, and urinalysis. (More details provided under the project description on session page).

Day 4: Training Center Clinic Day

Today students and instructors will work out of World Vets training center and provide free spay/neuter services for community animals in need of the operation. Students will receive one on one instruction and have the opportunity to work with the following equipment; gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters, fluid pumps and an autoclave.  There may also exist the opportunity to perform basic diagnostic tests such as blood and tissue smears, fecal flotations, PCV/TP, and urinalysis.

Day 5:  Leisure Day

Take advantage of your day off and explore the area! World Vets will have 3 activities that we can arrange and you can sign up for upon your arrival. These activities include a canopy ziplining adventure, horseback riding as well as an evening excursion to the Masaya Crater and bat cave. All other activities you will need to make your own arrangements for. Any and all activities you take part in will today will be at your own expense.

Day 6: Community Outreach Day

Students will take part in a community outreach clinic today. They will be involved in assisting with health consultations and administering vaccines and preventative health medicines to cats and dogs. We will also be attending horses that show up allowing students to assist with administering vaccines and preventative health medicines to horses as well as cleaning and treating wounds and abrasions.

**Instructors are encouraged to take part in the community outreach activities, though this is something optional for you today**

Day 7: Training Center Clinic Day

Today students and instructors will work out of World Vets training center and provide free spay/neuter services for community animals in need of the operation. Students will receive one on one instruction and have the opportunity to work with the following equipment; gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters, fluid pumps and an autoclave.  There may also exist the opportunity to perform basic diagnostic tests such as blood and tissue smears, fecal flotations, PCV/TP, and urinalysis.

Day 8: Departure Day

Today marks the official end/departure day of the session. There will be airport shuttles provided for early morning and afternoon departures.

Participants are welcome to extend their stay in Nicaragua under their own arrangements. If you are not planning to travel back to Managua with the group, you will need to make your own arrangements for departure airport transportation.

A few special notes:

  • Participants are responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required of them to enter/exit Nicaragua (i.e a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, visa if applicable).  U.S. volunteers can find passport information at TRAVEL.STATE.GOV
  • Participants are responsible for obtaining any health requirements and/or precautions (i.e. vaccinations) prior to the course and its associated cost. World Vets is not able to provide medical advice. Participants are encouraged to consult with their family physician, nearest travel clinic and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding recommended immunizations and/or health precautions prior to the trip. We require all volunteers to have some form of health insurance.
  • Participants are encouraged to purchase travelers insurance to cover for any unforeseen illness, injury, extreme weather causing flight delays and/or cancellations. Affordable travelers insurance, that also covers World Vets project fee in the event of a last minute cancellation, can be obtained HERE.
  • The International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is for instructors and students respectfully. We are not able to accommodate any children (under the age of 18) of instructors should they not be participating in the capacity of student. This also extends to spouses of instructors should they not be eligible to fill a DVM and/or LVT instructor position.