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World Vets in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

DSCN2227With support from Fondation Brigitte Bardot, World Vets has been able to provide free spay/neuter services in the town of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua for the past 3 years. During the month of March 2013 we are providing such free services for community owned animals. Enjoy our photo album on Facebook – more pictures to be posted soon!

We have 1 volunteer position left on our small animal project to San Juan del Sur in July 2013: check it out and join our team!

1 Spot Left! For the July Technical Animal Rescue Course

L1050345There is just 1 spot remaining on our Technical Animal Rescue Course scheduled for July 2013. This course is packed with practical, real world tips and tricks on how to safely rescue animals.   This is a must-have course for any rescuer who may be called upon to rescue a cat from a tree or safely rescue and transport a dog during a flood.  This course also meets the technical training requirements to be considered for World Vets disaster teams. It also takes place in Laguna de Apoyo located in Nicaragua. Read more about this experience here.

Find out more specifics for the July course here

2013 Project Spotlight: Nicaragua Equine Welfare Project

SONY DSCWith the support of  Fondation Brigitte Bardot, World Vets has been providing free equine health clinics in Granada, Nicaragua for several years. The project first began by treating the carriage horses, that serve as taxis in the city, and has expanded to include cart horses as well. Cart horses are not only used as a mode of transportation but they also haul raw materials and goods. As a result of their labor intensive days, routine veterinary care is required for both to ensure their well being. With World Vets ongoing care of the horses in and around Granada there is WorldVets Equine 1 2011now a noticeable difference in their condition for the better.

We have an upcoming volunteer opportunity on this project. We will be sending a team to Granada for our equine welfare project in May 2013. Read more about this opportunity here

See pictures of Equine Welfare Project

Now Accepting “Assistants” for IVM Program

IVM-horse-002We have just opened an “Assistant” category on many of our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program sessions taking place in March, June and July 2013. The “Assistant” category is open to anyone who loves animals and wants to volunteer. No technical training or veterinary experience is required. Assistants often help with patient recovery, sterilizing instruments and with a variety of other duties.

For more information and for complete listings of the “IVM Training Program” sessions, see here

Disaster Training Provided to Central American Vets

On our latest Technical Animal Rescue Course offered in Nicaragua, World Vets trained representatives from throughout Central America in technical animal rescue techniques. From left to right: Dr. Santiago Soto (Honduras), Miguel Carpio (El Salvador), Francisco Fonseca (Nicaragua), Dr. Augusto Barragan (Panama) and Dr. Lester Tapia (Nicaragua). See pictures

The next course offerings are in July 2013 – see here for dates

 

Vets! We have your perfect getaway this winter

As part of our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program based in Nicaragua, we have a unique opportunity for veterinarians. The IVM Program provides veterinary skills training as well as practice to veterinary, pre veterinary as well as veterinary technology students.The goal of this program is to teach students  skills that are clinically relevant and to allow them to perform as many hands-on tasks as possible without compromising patient comfort or care.

Veterinarians participating on this program provide the instruction and are encouraged to teach students their technique. This way vets are not only confident in what they are teaching but it also allows for students to be exposed to several different approaches. Volunteer instructor positions are also open to licensed veterinary technicians. If you enjoy teaching and/or mentoring others, this is an ideal volunteer opportunity for you!

IVM Program Sessions are scheduled for December 2012 & March 2013. See exact date listings here


It’s a Wrap! World Vets IVM Program 2012

World Vets has successfully wrapped up its new training program – the International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program. It was operated for 3 long months in Nicaragua this summer. As part of this program we provided free veterinary care to over 3100 animals (including cats, dogs as well as horses.) Additionally, we had 146 students participate who gained invaluable skills and knowledge, particularly in relation to performing veterinary medicine in a foreign country. We would like to thank our local partners, the 31 volunteer veterinarians as well as the 12 volunteer veterinary technicians who helped make this program such a success.

Check out a short video of the IVM program HERE

 

 

World Vets International Veterinary Medicine Program has begun

A new program that World Vets has initiated this year, an International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program, is now well underway. This program is specifically geared towards students. It has been designed for those who are currently enrolled at an academic institution in pre- veterinary, veterinary and/or veterinary technician related studies.

Simply put, World Vets IVM Program provides students with the opportunity to experience veterinary medicine in a foreign country. As part of this program, students have the opportunity to not only learn new skills but be able to put those newly acquired skills to work. Students are involved in multiple clinical environments performing duties related to sterilization surgery as well as health clinics providing health exams and preventative care, in addition to field opportunities with horses.

Furthermore, this program also seeks to inspire its student participants to continue to give back to the international animal community once they have completed their studies.

Our IVM program is based out of our Latin American Surgical Training Center in Granada, Nicaragua. It is fully equipped with all modern equipment such as gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters and fluid pumps. We’d like to extend our many thanks to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of this center.

The services that are provided during this program are provided free of charge to community animals in need of veterinary assistance. To read more about this program, please click here

 

Operating Rural Veterinary Campaigns in Nicaragua

World Vets has a team in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua this week. They are operating various veterinary campaigns. These campaigns are meant to address and target the disadvantaged animals residing in the rural outlying communities.

So far this week, our team has executed a door to door service providing de-worming and parasite treatments along with health consultations for campesino dogs. They are also operating a field condition spay/neuter clinic that is accessible to our target communities. And finally, they are getting down and dirty providing veterinary treatments to livestock and horses.

All World Vets services are provided at no cost.

 

World Vets Equine Health Clinic

A World Vets team along with our great Nicaraguan veterinary crew have provided free equine health clinics in and around Granada. They vaccinated, de-wormed as well treated for external parasites, and cured wounds. They also floated teeth and fitted shoes for the city’s horses. A total of 465 horses were treated on this latest campaign.

We would like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of our equine welfare program.

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