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World Vets Partners with New Horizons Peru 2012

New Horizons Peru 2012 is a Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) exercise undertaken and coordinated by the U.S. Air Forces South. Such HCA exercises aid and work towards their vision of a secure and stable Peru. In carrying out the projects and activities of the exercise, partnerships are established and cemented through active collaboration and teamwork.

The main focus of the exercise is on medical readiness training (MEDRETE) and engineering construction projects to benefit communities in Peru. However, also included in this exercise is a veterinary/animal related component. World Vets will be partnering with the New Horizons Peru 2012 exercise in this regard.

World Vets has now released preliminary information relating to the volunteer opportunity that exists through our organization for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in conjunction with this exercise.The veterinary activities are scheduled from June – July 2012. For more information, please click here

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

A Miracle Surgery Performed

The World Vets team examines Lassi's tumor

One of our recent teams in Nicaragua met a sweet dog named Lassi.She was brought to us by her concerned owner, Anna, who was praying for a miracle. Not too long ago Lassi developed a collection of small tumors that soon turned into one very large mass that hung from her abdomen. The tumor grew to be so big that it almost touched the ground, making it difficult for her to walk and move around.

Before bringing Lassi to us, Anna had consulted many local veterinarians for help. They all advised her that Lassi should be put to sleep. Unwilling to accept this diagnosis, it now became Anna’s mission to find another solution, that would lessen Lassi’s suffering, without ending her life.

World Vets surgeons prepare to begin the operation

Our team was able to fulfill such a noble cause and got straight to work. The operation took place at our surgical training center, where our team of surgeons were equipped with modern technology such as gas anesthesia, pulse oximeters, central oxygen and fluid pumps. All such equipment allowed for optimal monitoring and safe anesthesia during the one hour operation. Following surgery, Lassi was kept overnight to monitor her recovery and for proper pain management.

The next morning, it was a miracle. Lassi was able to stand up and walk, tumor free and healing well. The operation was a success. Anna was overjoyed and exclaimed “Thanks to God and to World Vets, I still have my pretty dog. Now I am happy.”

Lassi one day after surgery; fully recovered, healing well and ready to go home

Anna and Lassi’s story is but one of many whose lives have been touched and positively impacted by a World Vets team. We are able to make such miracles happen with the support of our dedicated volunteers and donors.

Help us make more miracles – consider volunteering or donating today!

 

 

 

 

Saved from the streets of Nicaragua

We saw so many patients during our four clinic days in Granada, but one very special little patient stood out among them. At the start of our first day, a very kind man named Oscar brought in a little blonde and white puppy that was clearly not doing very well. With his whole body shaking, very pale gums, dehydration, and major GI upset, this puppy was in for a rough road ahead. On top of being very ill, the pup was a street dog without a home. We affectionately named him Chancho, Spanish for pig, as he had a very big, round belly due to parasites.

Chancho stayed in our clinic on IV fluids, meds, and lots of TLC from the amazing World Vets team. He quickly won over their hearts. World Vets volunteer Dr. Robert Trevino worked tirelessly trying to create a treatment plan strong enough to support Chancho and bring him back to health. Within 48 hours a little pup that came in lethargic and non-­responsive bounced back! Checking in on him, we found a puppy rolling on his back kicking his feet in the air or dancing at the front of his cage with a tail that never stopped wagging. This puppy was clearly a fighter and would not let his rough start at life defeat him.

Now the question became what would be the future of Chancho as he was still without a home. Such a special guy definitely deserved a great future. The veterinary student on the trip, Tori Hall, finally broke down and went through the steps needed to bring Chancho back to the US. From there on, Chancho became the unofficial mascot of this World Vets trip, with his playful puppy attitude and his immediate love for anyone he meets. Seemingly forgetting anything that happened to him before he came to his World Vets team, Chancho quickly adjusted to his new life of constant love and playing. While he will soon travel to Mississippi with Tori, he is starting to look for a very special forever home where he can get all the love and attention that the little guy deserves.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disaster Response Support for World Vets

The Fondation Brigitte Bardot supports World Vets international disaster response program.  In 2011, with the support of Fondation Brigitte Bardot, World Vets acted quickly to help animals impacted by major disasters including the Thailand flood and Japan Earthquake/Tsunami.  Support in 2012 will increase our readiness and capacity to rescue and treat animals caught in disaster situations.  We are very thankful for this support that will help animals in dire situations.

 

Successful Spay Day Event in Nicaragua

For the last four years World Vets has been working with and training Nicaraguan veterinarians and veterinary students.  We are very proud of the skill level this group has achieved through their strong dedication to learning.This week, the NicaVets group held a successful spay day event at the World Vets Latin America Training Center.  In two days, 180 dogs and cats were spayed/neuter by this all-Nicaraguan crew.  Way to go team!  The Fondation Brigitte Bardot is a sponsor of the Latin America Veterinary Training Center which provides training to Latin American veterinarians.

World Vets Helps Animals in the Dominican Republic

World Vets was recently in the Dominican Republic where we provided a large scale sterilization campaign for the island’s animals. Our team worked in collaboration with a great local organization Asociación de Amigos por los Animales de Sosúa (AAAS). Together we operated a three day clinic in the coastal community of Sosúa Abajo.

All veterinary aid provided was at no cost and thus made veterinary care possible for those who would otherwise never receive it.

Prior to our visit, World Vets has been an ongoing supporter of AAAS through veterinary product donations.

World Vets Team Saves Donkeys on Island of St Eustatius



Located in the Netherland Antilles, St.Eustatius is a small Caribbean island roughly two miles wide and about seven miles long. Over the years, the islands inhabitants have allowed their animals to roam freely. This in turn has also allowed them to reproduce unabated. Such a scenario has come to characterize the “donkey problem” that the island now faces – what to do about the roaming donkey population that has accumulated, especially in a location where the carrying capacity is very limited. With failed attempts to ship them elsewhere and with inhabitants against euthanasia, the ministry of agriculture reached out to World Vets for assistance.

We have answered their call. This month World Vets has a team in St. Eustatius (also referred to as Statia) where they are providing a humane solution for the roaming donkey population. Our team is operating a catch, castrate and release program for the island’s donkeys. Additionally, each donkey caught will receive a complete health exam as well as any treatments needed. While on the island, our team has also reached out to the cat and dog population and performed one hundred sterilization surgeries and health consultations.

Our team, in collaboration with the the ministry of agriculture, is making veterinary aid possible for the animals of St. Eustatius. More importantly, we are facilitating a much greater objective, that of helping restore the ecological balance and overall health for all the inhabitants of the island. All World Vets veterinary services are provided at no cost.

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