Continuing Promise 2018

Apr 9 - May 17, 2018
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Equine
  • Livestock

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.

World Vets is a veterinary nongovernmental organization (NGO) 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 VET requirements of the mission. As such, our teams work alongside and in collaboration with US Army vets and technicians as well as local government officials and animal health care professionals in host nations.

IMPORTANT: Continuing Promise 2018 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.


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 the organization
  • Veterinarians and veterinary technicians licensed to practice within the USA and/or Canada*
  • Those who can commit to 1 full rotation as outlined (see itinerary)

*Qualified veterinarians and/or veterinary nurses from the UK, Australia and/or New Zealand are also eligible, however may only be considered if they have a volunteer track record 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. The focus of the mission is on capacity building and contributing to sustainable projects. As such, 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. Though not a requirement, Spanish language skills are a plus.

Before expressing an interest, please read the Health & Documentation Requirements as well as the Volunteer Responsibilities for civil – military missions.

To apply, please write to  (Subject Titled:Continuing Promise 2018) and include the following;

  1. Copy of CV/resume (including past World Vets volunteer service)
  2. Copy of active veterinary license
  3. Rotation preference for participation (see itinerary for rotations)

Positions on World Vets team are very competitive and will be limited. As such preference will be given to those who are current World Vets members, those who have volunteered with World Vets on a previous occasion, those with relevant experience in relation to mission objectives as well as those that can commit 2-3 consecutive weeks.

Please note: World Vets volunteers will not receive veterinary training and/or instruction as part of this mission – host nation partners will be the recipients of such support by our team. As such, applicants must be interested in being mentors and providing training and instruction to host nation beneficiaries. We do not have volunteer opportunities for students as part of this mission.

How much will it cost?

There is a registration fee of $450 USD per participant.

This includes: Volunteer kit containing World Vets gear ( i.e. uniform shirts, polo and scrub top, name tag, baseball hat, etc), processing and postage fees as well as pre-trip planning and coordination and full participation in the expedition.

This does not include: International airfare, health and/or travel insurance, World Vets membership fee, lodging, meals, incidentals and/or anything not specifically outlined as included.

Volunteers are also responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required of them to enter/exit the host nation of their rotation (i.e a passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from the initial date of departure, visa if applicable).

What will I be doing?

World Vets team members work alongside US Army veterinarians and technicians as well as individuals from government institutions that are responsible for animal health and veterinary matters in host nations.

Prospective volunteers can expect to work with both small and large animals; to provide direct veterinary aid such as vaccinations, deworming and sterilization surgeries (companion animals); to prepare and provide presentations and/or lectures relating to veterinary related topics of interest (to be shared in advance); provide capacity building and hands on instruction to local host partners in a variety of veterinary related tasks; advise and/or provide guidance in relation to public health, animal husbandry, production and nutrition and/or zoonotic diseases.

Anticipated veterinary work in the Dominican Republic: Small Animal Only – Sterilization surgeries, wellness exams and treatments as well as information exchanges with the local veterinary school/students.

Anticipated veterinary work in Guatemala: Both Small and Large Animal – sterilization surgeries, wellness exams and treatments and as well as information exchange with local veterinarians, in addition to cattle and horse work.


  1. Guatemala (Mid April; 2 week commitment)
  2. Dominican Republic (Late April/May 2018; 2 week commitment)

Prospective team members must have a flexible schedule as dates and details are subject to change either before and/or while the mission is underway. Many such circumstances are out of our control, however we do our best to prepare the team before their deployment.

For safety and security reasons we cannot post specific dates and/or locations. This information will only be shared with those who apply and are selected for a position on World Vets team.

*This location is part of Beyond the Horizons program – also part of the US Southern Command’s civil-military humanitarian mandate


Volunteers will be responsible for booking/providing their own accommodations. Recommendations for each country rotation will be provided to those who are selected to be part of World Vets team.

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
  • Swimsuit
  • Light Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Bandana/hat
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • 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
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  •  Shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
  • Comb/brush
  • Soap
  • Band-Aids
  • 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)

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