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Requesting World Vets Veterinary Assistance

World Vets receives requests for veterinary assistance year round from locations all over the world. While we are not able to help everyone, we welcome inquiries and the potential to establish new partnerships for the benefit of animal health and welfare. One of the main ways we are able to assist animals worldwide is by sending veterinary teams to provide free veterinary services. In this way we operate veterinary field service projects that are either classified as small animal, equine or livestock and animal husbandry. Learn more about requesting veterinary assistance here

If you volunteer with or represent an animal welfare organization and are interested in welcoming a World Vets veterinary team to your location, we ask that you first investigate the following things before requesting assistance;

  • Are foreign veterinarians legally permitted to provide veterinary services in your location? For instance, are there any local laws banning veterinarians from other countries in performing surgery or practicing veterinary medicine.
  • If foreign veterinarians are allowed to volunteer their services in your location, are there any requirements for them to provide veterinary services? (i.e. credentials, specific documentation or permissions)

If you are a traveller or tourist, the best way to obtain potential World Vets assistance for a location is to provide our information to a local animal welfare organization operating in the area. Have them reach out to us directly to inquire about potential veterinary assistance. As a standard policy, we do not seek out project partners or work where we are not wanted. As such, in order for us to consider assisting anywhere, we require that a request be generated from within the location in question from a locally based stakeholder.

Special notes
  • Requests for veterinary assistance are only considered for locations outside of North America
  • Requests for assistance that involve the recruitment  of individual veterinarians and/or volunteers for placements with other organizations are not considered
  • World Vets does not plan projects in areas that are at war or have a high threat of terrorist activity. For this reason, we are not able to consider project requests for areas that have major safety concerns and/or travel advisories per the U.S State Department. Specific regions of the world that we are unable to consider for assistance at this time (due to security concerns) include the Middle East, Central Asia and various parts of Africa.

 

Indiegogo Campaign Success!

For many years World Vets has been operating an equine welfare project in Nicaragua to benefit horses in and around the city of Granada. Horses are an important livelihood source for many households as they are relied upon to help carry out daily chores and generate income. Due to difficult socio-economic constraints, these horses are often malnourished and affected by tropical diseases and injuries from their heavy workload.

On our most recent campaign, our team met Pithaya after they were asked to stop by a nearby home that had a sick horse. Upon arrival, they discovered four-year-old Pithaya who was severely malnourished, had several infected wounds, overgrown feet, and evidence of tick borne disease.  Although he was in severe condition, the owners (two young girls and their grandmother) care for him greatly. However, caring for Pithaya has become extremely difficult for them as they have health issues of their own, and no current income source or means to earn money. What`s more, the parents of the children have left the home to seek employment elsewhere.

The World Vets team created an Indiegogo campaign to help pay for Pithaya’s extensive treatment & to provide aid to other Nicaraguan horses & families living in similar conditions. We’re thrilled to announce that we met our Indiegogo goal of raising $5k!  We are so incredibly thankful to everyone who participated! We’d like to extend our thanks to all of our supporters. A special thank you to our dedicated campaign team members Dr. Steve Kruneniski, Dr. Dana Westerman, Elisa Harvey, Cynthia Spanhel, and Amanda Headman for increasing fundraising efforts by spreading the word.

Stay tuned for news and updates on Pithaya & the other horses of Nicaragua that your contributions are supporting! Didn’t get the chance to contribute? It’s not too late! Help a horse by clicking HERE.

List of Equine Hope Fund supporters:

  • Adam C.
  • Anita Vargas
  • Beverly Voss
  • Amanda McNabb
  • Cary Granger
  • Cassandra Russell
  • Catherine Cheatham Krueger
  • Cathi Tower
  • Cody Wolff
  • Cynthia Spanhel
  • Dana Westerman
  • Deneen Munson
  • Edna Seymour
  • Elisabeth Walter
  • Elisa Harvey
  • Hanna Utterheim
  • Holly Hockett
  • Judy Bridges
  • Kara Mary
  • Kristy Moding
  • Kristina Elyse
  • Laura Oltman
  • Linda Strom
  • Lisa Marie Tretheway
  • Lynn Prather
  • Mariah Coakley
  • Natalia Jacovkis
  • Pauline Perry
  • Petrice Greer Eisele
  • Scot Nester
  • Sherrie Boston
  • Sherry Dahlquist
  • Steve S.

** If you made a contribution to this campaign & would like your name added to the list, please contact us so we may recognized your gift.

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