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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.

Long Term Volunteer Placements this Summer

While the majority of volunteer opportunities offered through our organization are for a short duration, we do on occasion have those which can last up to 3 – 6 weeks if not longer. This summer we have two volunteer opportunities that have the potential to be a long term volunteer placement for veterinarians and/or licensed veterinary technicians.

The first is a volunteer instructor position at our surgical training center in Granada, Nicaragua. Volunteer instructors will work in collaboration with World Vets staff and interns which includes US and Nicaraguan veterinarians and technicians. They will provide training and/or instruction to students in a clinical environment. Volunteer instructor positions are open to licensed veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians. Openings run from June through August. Read more…

The second is a position on our team for the New Horizons Peru 2012 exercise. Volunteers will work alongside and in collaboration with a veterinary team from the US military, a Peruvian veterinary school as well as the local ministry of agriculture. Volunteers can expect to be involved in veterinary activities relating to both small and large animals. Volunteer positions are open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. From June 30 – July 14. Read more…

If you want to stay in the loop about upcoming volunteer opportunities with our organization, consider becoming a member of World Vets! Become a Member

Bringing Hope to a Rural Community

Next month World Vets will send a team to work in a rural community outside of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Up until this point, our veterinary services have mainly been focused in and around the beach town to help control the small animal population. However, with this visit, we wish to extend our reach to the animals, both small and large,  that have often been neglected due to their isolated condition.

In the community where our team will be working, running water and electricity are not present even despite the rapid growth and development of the town closest to them. Nevertheless, due to the vigilance of community leaders and special interest groups, plans have now been approved to give them electricity, hopefully sometime soon.

World Vets first visited this community last year to provide impromptu veterinary services – they expected a few cows, maybe a couple of horses and some pigs – however the turn out was extremely great. Herds of cattle came down from the hillside, even oxen carts appeared as well as a backyard full of pigs! Given the abundance of animals, including campesino dogs with many visible health concerns, we gave our word that we would be back.

And so, World Vets will be dedicating its follow up visit to all the animals of this community as well as those within its vicinity. For those who don’t mind getting dirty, we still have volunteer positions open for veterinarians – both small and large animal vets are encouraged and welcome to sign up and take part! Read more about the volunteer opportunity here

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