World Vets has been sending veterinary teams to the Puerto Plata area for many years. The objective of our visits has been to support local efforts in providing free veterinary services, and in making routine veterinary care more accessible for local animals. This year World Vets will send a team to Cabarete where they will provide a large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaign.
What is included: Volunteer kit, World Vets scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary), accommodations for 7 nights, breakfast provided at accommodations, airport transfers per established meeting times, ground transportation related to clinic work, lunches on clinic work days, a group activity, full participation in project and all supplies.
What is not included: Airfare, optional excursions, incidentals, travel and/or health insurance, World Vets membership fee and anything not specifically outlined as included. Volunteers are also responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required of them to enter/exit the Dominican Republic (i.e a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, visa if applicable).
A few special notes:
- The gloves provided on World Vets projects are made with latex. Volunteers who have a latex allergy will need to provide their own gloves for this project.
- Pre veterinary students will not perform any surgical procedures, however they will be involved in all other clinical activities in the same capacity as veterinary students. Veterinary students can expect to assist with surgical procedures however they should not assume that this will be the main focus of their involvement during clinic. Learn more about volunteer tasks here
- Caps and masks are required to be worn by all surgeons as well as those assisting within the sterile field of the surgical patient. World Vets provides disposable caps and masks on field service projects, however, volunteers have the option of using their own surgical cap.
- World Vets is not able to provide medical advice. Volunteers are encouraged to consult with their family physician, nearest travel clinic and/or center for disease control regarding recommended immunizations and/or health precautions prior to the trip. Although not a requirement to participate on a World Vets project, it is recommended that volunteers be vaccinated for rabies.
- We understand that sometimes unexpected things can happen to stop a volunteer being able to participate in a project. For that reason, we highly recommend that you obtain some form of insurance for your trip. Affordable travellers insurance can be found here, which can also cover trip cancellation in some circumstances and covered reasons. You must read the policy wording to ensure the policy is a fit for your needs. World Vets project fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (to another person or to another project). We encourage volunteers to make sure the dates of our projects do not conflict with any prior engagements before signing up.
- Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions
Day 1 (April 22): Official Arrival Day
Arrive at Gregorio Luperon International Airport located in Puerto Plata. Airport Code: POP. It is requested that volunteers schedule their flights so that they arrive no later than 6 pm. Multiple airport transfers may be available and will be based on the arrival times of the majority. Upon arrival, the team will check into their accommodations and have the rest of the day to relax and explore.
Once the flight for the field service veterinarian is booked, it will be shared with you via email. Once you have booked your flight, please send your flight information (i.e. arrival/departure time, airline carrier, flight numbers) to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is requested that volunteers submit their flight information no later than March 22, 2017
Day 2 (April 23):Group Activity & Leisure
Today the team will take part in a group activity – more information to follow! Past excursions have had volunteers enjoy a boat trip, horseback riding, beach time and more.
Day 3 (April 24): Leisure & Clinic Set up
Today is free for volunteers to take advantage and explore the area before work begins. World Vets does not have any activities planned, so volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements.
In the afternoon the field service veterinarian and a few team members will go to the clinic site with local partners to get orientated and set up for clinic work.Tonight the team will meet up to go over details and plans for the following clinic days.
Day 4, 5 & 6 (April 25, 26 & 27): Clinic work days
Hopefully you are well rested and adjusted to the climate because for the next three days you will be operating a field condition sterilization campaign.
The team will be picked up by 8:00 AM to be taken to the clinic location. Bring your scrub top, headlamp and comfortable shoes and be ready to pitch in and help wherever needed to make the project a success. (Lunches provided at clinic site)
Day 7 (April 28):Leisure/Free Time
Today is free for volunteers. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today, so volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements.
If needed, a few team members may be involved in checking up on certain surgical patients today.
Day 8 (April 29): Official Departure Day
Today is the official end date of the project and signifies the departure of the team. Multiple airport shuttles may be available based on the departure times of the majority.
For volunteers who wish to extend their stay, this is something that is not included in the project fee. Also, please know that if you stay past the official end date of the project, you will then be responsible for your return transportation to the airport.
The World Vets team will stay at a B&B retreat that is located a few minutes walk from the local beach and a 5 minute drive to the center of town. The property features two outdoor pools, a communal kitchen, yoga studio and WiFi. Accommodations will be shared. Breakfast included with your stay.
General Packing List
*This packing list is geared towards our regular field service opportunities to tropical destinations
- Shoes (Keen, Teva, tennis shoes, anything comfortable, preferably washable and w/ covered toes)
- T-shirts/Short sleeved shirts
- Shorts (shorts are ok for surgery)
- Scrub Pants (optional)
- World Vets scrub top
- Light Jacket or sweatshirt
- Bug Spray
- Headlamp (Highly recommended for vets and students, optional but recommended for others)
- Camera (w/ extra batteries and memory card)
- Daypack or tote
- Travel Alarm
- Prescription medications
- Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
- Glasses/contact lenses
- Beach Towel
- Ear Plugs
- Flip Flops/Shower shoes
- Small travel flashlight
- Laptop (most destinations have WiFi although not very reliable)
Air Mattress (If applicable)