veterinary care

A Facility Serving the Community & Beyond: World Vets Latin America Veterinary Training Center

World Vets has been operating veterinary field service projects in Latin America since 2008. During our time working in this region of the world, we experienced that many local veterinarians and veterinary students with whom we worked had received minimal, if any, surgical instruction and in turn did not perform sterilizations. Meanwhile dog and cat populations ran rampant as the local capacity to de-sex animals, and thus humanely control their reproduction, was limited to non-existent.

To address the gap in veterinary surgical skill, in addition to animal population control efforts, World Vets founded the Latin America Veterinary Training Center (LATC) in 2011. The main objective, and cornerstone of the center, is to provide free surgical instruction and training to Latin American veterinarians and upper level veterinary students. As such, it is our aim to equip trainee participants with the necessary skills and competence they can in turn use to benefit the animals in their own communities. The center also prides itself on teaching as well as practicing high quality veterinary care. Subsequently, the facility is equipped with modern equipment such as central oxygen, pulse oximeters and fluid pumps, as well as an autoclave, ultrasound and microscope.

The LATC is located in Nicaragua and since its inception has established relations with all the veterinary schools in the country. It has even received acknowledgements from such institutions regarding the invaluable skills our training has provided its students. The LATC training program has also developed to the point where weekly sessions are offered year round and we host participants from many Latin American countries such as Mexico, Guatemala and Paraguay. We have also incorporated an ongoing internship program, which allows those selected to obtain greater clinical experience and mentorship.

Furthermore, as a result of the activities at the LATC, World Vets is able to provide thousands of free sterilizations and health treatments every year for local animals in Nicaragua. We operate daily pick ups/drop offs for animals living in outlying rural communities, which make spay/neuter and other needed veterinary services accessible for those who otherwise could not afford it. We even operate outreach clinics in other nearby areas benefiting animals, due to distance, do not have access to the LATC or our pick up/drop off service.

Often times we also encounter unique or emergency cases that require immediate attention. One such animal was Pinta. She had an old wound that had been growing and growing on her left hind leg. Her owners were very concerned but admitted they were not able to afford the transport into the city and the associated veterinary costs. Although challenging to the size of the wound, our LATC team was able to clean the wound of old tissue and close it enough to allow it to heal. After three weeks in our care, Pinta is almost healed and ready to go back to her family! Unfortunately without care, Pinta was unlikely to survive the infection. As Pinta’s case highlights, many local animals benefit greatly from the free services provided at the LATC, not only from spay/neuter but life saving veterinary interventions.

In short, the LATC greatly benefits its immediate community and beyond through the training and mentorship provided to its trainee participants. What’s more, it also provides essential veterinary services for local animals and rural communities who otherwise may never have access to quality veterinary care. If you support capacity building of future and present veterinary professionals, and if you believe that all animals deserve access to skilled veterinary care, we encourage you to support our Latin America Veterinary Training Center! We also accept corporate sponsorships and welcome other partnership opportunities.

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We’d like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their ongoing support of our Latin America Veterinary Training Center 

World Vets Celebrates 10 Years!

Photos: Empowerment International/Armando Raudez

Photos: Empowerment International/Armando Raudez

This year marks World Vets 10 year anniversary! For a decade it has been our mission to improve the health and well being of animals by providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and by providing disaster relief worldwide. As the info-graphic below shows, in this time, we have undertaken 223 projects worldwide serving over 135,000 animals and providing close to 60,000 hours of veterinary training. What’s more, all services and training have been provided at no cost for beneficiaries.

Why do we do what we do? We strongly believe that all animals deserve kindness and compassion, as well as excellent care. As such, we strive to create a world where all animals have access to skilled veterinary care. To achieve this we operate many programs, most notably veterinary field projects which provide direct veterinary care, in addition to our training programs for students and veterinary professionals alike.

Our work not only depends on the generosity of individuals, foundations and public support. We also rely on volunteers to help us deliver veterinary services and training abroad.Though our programs, we provide countless international volunteer opportunities for veterinary professionals, students aspiring to this vocation and for the everyday animal lover who simply wants to travel with purpose. Since our inception we have deployed over 4500 volunteers with the mandate to make quality veterinary more accessible.

We graciously thank all of our supporters and dedicated volunteers who have been with us throughout the years. Together we have reached a great milestone! We look forward to continuing our work and having an even greater impact with your help!

Join the celebration and help us create a better world for Animals. There are many ways to help and be a part of World Vets mission to improve animal health worldwide. Learn about all the ways you can contribute to our cause here.

Help Us With Our Wish List

IN KIND GIFTS, ANOTHER WAY OF GIVING!  In-kind gifts are donated goods that directly enhance our programs & the animals that we serve. World Vets has an ongoing Amazon Wish List to make identifying our top priority in-kind needs easier. Make an order via our Amazon wish list & have your gift sent directly to us.

Take a look at our full Amazon wish list by clicking HERE and feel good knowing you’re helping animals in need. Please don’t forget to mark the item as a gift & provide your name and contact information so we may send you an acknowledgement.

For further information about donations, please contact donations@worldvets.org. More ways to donate are listed here. Please note that we are not accepting or in need of textbooks or expired products.

With your help we can carry on World Vets mission to improve the health and well being of animals by providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and by providing disaster relief worldwide. We sincerely appreciate your support!  World Vets is a registered 501c(3) Non Government Organization.  All donations to World Vets are tax deductible.

World Vets Giving Hearts Day Results

GHD2015TYThanks to your support, World Vets raised over $6,000 in 24 hrs to help provide aid to animals who would otherwise have no care! Giving Hearts Day is a 24 hr annual give-a-thon held throughout ND & MN, where the World Vets headquarters is located. Your gift is already at work making a difference.  We are grateful to have such compassionate and caring supporters.

Thank you!

Love,

The World Vets Team 

Didn’t get the chance to donate, but still want to contribute to our cause? It’s never too late to make a contribution to World Vets!

  Thank you for your support! Together we can make a difference.
 ~The World Vets Team

 

Mark your calendars & show your love for animals this Giving Hearts Day!

SAVE THE DATE!

With your help, World Vets can raise a tremendous amount of financial support to benefit our mission this Giving Hearts Day (Thursday, February 11th).  During this 24 hour online fundraising event, match funding multiplies the impact of your giving.

To make a secure online contribution simply go to impactgiveback.org and select World Vets on Thursday, February 11th!  Mark your calendars and show your love for animals this Giving Hearts Day!

#GivingTuesday Update

Thank you to all our supporters that helped make #GivingTuesday 2015 a success!

If you did not get the chance to give this #GivingTuesday and would like to provide a gift to World Vets, click “donate” below.

This year we are fortunate to receive an end of year matching donation challenge from the Maria Norbury Foundation.  That means that EVERY dollar you donate up to $10,000 starting #GivingTuesday until Dec 31st, 2015 will be doubled as part of this match.   

 

World Vets is a registered 501c(3) Non Government Organization. All donations to World Vets are tax deductible.

Textbook Drive Benefits Veterinarians and Students in Developing Countries

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Donated books in Granada, Nicaragua

Thanks to your support, the World Vets textbook drive was a success! A variety of veterinary textbooks have been collected and distributed benefiting both veterinarians and veterinary students in multiple countries around the globe.

The World Vets Latin America Veterinary Training Center, located in Granada, Nicaragua, now has a free access bookshelf available to Latin American vets and students visiting our training center for free surgical instruction. This provides a variety of materials to those who would otherwise have no access to these types of resources.  Most of the veterinary students in Nicaragua do not have access to any textbooks, so this is a great resource.

 

Collected textbooks were also distributed to communities in the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Kiribati during the 2013 Pacific Partnership Mission.

Sudan University of Bahri with donated textbooks

Left to Right – Prof. Adil Suliman, Prof. Abal Wahab, Dr.Rasha Nouman and Dr.Abbas.

Most recently, World Vets was able to help provide veterinary textbooks to Bahri University in Sudan. A special thanks to Dr. Rasha Nouman for hand delivering the textbooks. It was reported that these books have been a great addition to the university’s small library.

Books that were distributed through the textbook drive not only cover a wide range of veterinary subjects, but they also contain up to date and reliable veterinary information and training methods.  Access to these textbooks allow readers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of safe and effective veterinary practices, encouraging a healthier and more sustainable community for their future.

Donated-Textbooks-300x199None of this would be possible without the help of World Vets donors. We can not thank you enough for your support!  World Vets is still collecting monetary donations to help cover the shipping costs for us to send additional veterinary textbooks to those in need. If you would like to help, please click HERE.

Support our Nicaraguan Interns: Contribute to World Vets Internship Fundraiser

Since 2011, World Vets has provided free surgical training to Latin American veterinarians and upper level veterinary students at our Latin America Veterinary Training Center (LATC) located in Granada, Nicaragua. Short courses are offered year round and we also just launched extended learning opportunities for more in depth training.  This summer World Vets was excited to welcome three Latin American interns to the LATC team.  World Vets is currently training these interns in a structured, in-depth and supportive learning environment.  Through this 6 month internship, each participant will receive high quality instruction in surgical techniques, anesthesia, patient safety and comfort as well as pain management.  We strive to create a positive and low-stress learning environment that will advance the interns veterinary career and their ability to better care for their patients.  These services are provided free of charge to both the animals and interns.  We need your help to make these programs possible!  We invite you to sponsor the training of these future veterinary leaders. You can help our interns reach their goals and apply their gained knowledge towards helping the underprivileged animals of Latin America!

Take a moment to learn more about each intern and please consider making a contribution.  

Meet the Interns

Julie

Click Julie’s picture to make a contribution to her internship!

Julie

Julie is a veterinarian from Jinotega. Ever since she was a young girl she had an interest in animals and wanted to help them.  Her previous veterinary experience has been exclusively with large animals, but she has a strong desire to help the dogs and cats in her community.  This World Vets internship represents a new phase in her veterinary career as it will provide her with new skills and knowledge involving companion animals.  After the internship, Julie plans to go back to her hometown and bring much needed veterinary care for companion animals in her community.  Sponsor Julie HERE.

 

 

 

Mariela

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Click Mariela’s picture to make a contribution to her internship!

Mariela is from La Trinidad, which is located near the city of Esteli, Nicaragua.  She has participated in previous training sessions offered through World Vets and is in her final year of veterinary school at the Universidad Católica Agropecuaria del Trópico Seco.   She has always had an interest in animals and the desire to help them. She currently owns 3 dogs and a cat. After her internship, Mariela plans to work as a veterinarian with companion animals. Sponsor Mariela HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Mariel

Mariel is from Condega, located in the department of Esteli. She is in her last year of veterinary school at the Universidad Católica Agropecuaria del Trópico Seco and plans to become a veterinarian that works with companion animals. She likes to spend her free time  with her family, her pet maltese and riding horses. Sponsor Mariel HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

By supporting the World Vets Latin American Training Center internships, not only will you help provide important veterinary training, but you’re also helping communities who do not have access to veterinary services for their animals.  Thank you for your support!

World Vets Wins Prestigious Honor at Largest Social Impact Awards in the Country

United Nations Foundation and Classy Awards Honor World Vets

FARGO, North Dakota, May 8, 2014 -The CLASSY Awards, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, announced eight Winners live on stage this past weekend at the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards Ceremony. More than 3,600 programs worldwide were evaluated during a yearlong research process. The Winners were selected by the Leadership Council, a prestigious board of 100+ leaders and experts in the social sector.

The Ceremony featured co-hosts Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the United Nations Foundation and Kenna, Founder of Summit on the Summit and Grammy-Nominated Musician, along with 12 influential speakers.

“All of the organizations participating in the CLASSY Awards are big thinkers and bold leaders,” said Elizabeth Gore, this year’s co-host of the CLASSY Awards and Entrepreneur–in-Residence at the United Nations Foundation. “The winners recognized on stage are implementing creative new solutions, taking risks and leveraging best practices to guide their strategies. The United Nations Foundation recognizes their leadership and we are proud to support their efforts in driving significant social progress moving forward.”

“We are very honored to win this prestigious award,” said Dr. Cathy King, CEO and Founder of World Vets. “Being recognized for the work that we do to help animals and improve veterinary care in resource poor areas of the world is a great validation for the nearly 4000 dedicated veterinary professionals who volunteer with our organization and for those who have believed in and supported us over the years.”

This year’s CLASSY Awards Winners:

  • Active Duty & Veterans Services: The Mission Continues
  • Animal & Wildlife Welfare: World Vets
  • Disaster Relief & Public Safety International Medical Corps
  • Educational Advancement: Project Lead the Way
  • Environmental Protection: Climate Action Reserve
  • Health Services: Jhpiego
  • Human Rights & Social Justice: Immigration Equality
  • Poverty & Hunger Relief: Action Against Hunger

Founded in 2006, World Vets has become one of the largest veterinary aid organizations in the world, providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and animal disaster relief services worldwide. World Vets has programs in 39 countries on 6 continents that provide aid for companion animals, livestock, horses and street dogs. World Vets is also the veterinary NGO that deploys with the US Military on hospital ship-based humanitarian aid missions to Latin America and the Asia Pacific Region. For more information please visit: http://www.worldvets.org

“Our global social landscape is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and bold solutions are needed to address new and existing challenges,” said Pat Walsh, Co-Founder of the CLASSY Awards. “The winners awarded with a CLASSY this year are driving significant progress in the 8 major cause sectors, and their work deserves recognition. We are honored to be able to shine a spotlight on their successes.”

Continual Success: World Vets Small Animal Project in Roatan

140326_3366Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands located off the coast of Honduras in the Caribbean. Even though it may be the largest island of the archipelago, there is still more to be desired in relation to the health services provided for the small animal population. This is in part due to the limited number of practicing veterinarians on the island as well as the local population’s inability to pay for veterinary services.

To address the growing need for accessible veterinary care, World Vets has 140326_2983been sending veterinary teams to Roatan since 2008. Our teams not only provide much needed spay/neuter services to help control the small animal population, they also provide medical consultations, in addition to treatments for common skin issues, parasites and more.

As a result of World Vets and the efforts of our veterinary teams, up to 1000 surgical procedures have been performed and over 140326_28392000 animals have received quality veterinary care. All of which also contributes to the improvement of the overall animal and human health on the island.

We recently had a volunteer veterinary team in Roatan where hundreds of animals received quality veterinary care and services at no cost. We’d like to thank our dedicated volunteers, local partners and island support for the continual success of this small animal project. We also thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of our efforts there. See pictures of our most recent campaign here

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