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WATCH Veterinarian Civil Action Program, Indonesia

World Vets team leader, Dr. Helle Hydeskov, on board the USNS MERCY, talks about the veterinarian civil action program that World Vets has been involved in as part of the 2012 Pacific Partnership mission in Indonesia. Dr. Hydeskov was also part of World Vets team on board a similar civil- military mission, Continuing Promise, which provided aid to the Caribbean and Latin America.

WATCH Pacific Partnership 2012 Veterinarian Civil Action Program, Indonesia

Pacific Partnership is a dedicated humanitarian and civic assistance mission conducted with and through partner nations, non-governmental organizations and other U.S. government agencies.

Get a Sneak Peek of 2013 Volunteer Opportunties

If you are already a member of World Vets, you have a lot to be excited about. If you’ve debated whether or not to join, now is the best time to do so. If you want a head start in signing up for trips or simply to be the first to know about upcoming volunteer opportunities – World Vets membership is a must.

During the month of July World Vets will be providing a sneak peek to its members of upcoming 2013 volunteer opportunities. Members will have the chance to see some of the project locations and dates before they are posted on our website.

Following the sneak peek, members will continue to have a leg up with the ability to register for such volunteer opportunities before they are released to the general public. Positions on our projects, particularly those operated during the month of March, go pretty fast, so if you want an increased chance of getting a spot on a team – become a member!

Throughout the year, World Vets members receive regular email alerts with new volunteer opportunities – some of which may not necessarily be advertised on our website. Members always have the chance to sign up for trips before general volunteer registration is released on our website. Membership also provides important support for World Vets international program service.

 

Providing Veterinary Aid and Support in Indonesia

World Vets has a veterinary team working in Indonesia as part of the 2012 Pacific Partnership mission. This humanitarian aid mission is operated on an annual basis in the Pacific region and is led by the US Navy. Through a collaboration with partner and host nations, as well as foreign military and medical personnel, in addition to nongovernmental organizations,  medical, dental and veterinary aid is provided.

This past week our team has been working in Indonesia with US military veterinarians and technicians, the local Animal Health Division as well as Ratulangi University. Together they have provided free vaccinations and de-worming for up to 1700 cats and dogs, in addition to operating free spay/neuter clinics.

Aside from direct veterinary aid, our team has also provided surgical instruction to Indonesian veterinarians and  given presentations, commonly known as SMEE’s (subject matter expert exchanges), at the university to Indonesian students and veterinary professionals.

World Vets volunteers live on board a US Navy ship and provide their veterinary services on shore in host nations. As part of the Pacific Partnership 2012 mission, World Vets team will provide their services in four host nations this summer- Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

World Vets and Innovacyn team up for the donkeys of Tanzania

Later this month World Vets will have a team in Tanzania. The objective of their visit will be to provide veterinary care for the working donkey population. Donkeys are primarily utilized for hauling anything from bricks to wood to produce and/or water. As a result of their use as laborers, they often carry many wounds and/or lacerations that become infected if left untreated.

To treat such cases during our visit, Vetericyn is the ideal product. For that reason, we are extremely thankful for the support of Innovacyn.Together we hope to treat up to 1000 donkeys.

Our team will provide rural mobile donkey clinics in various communities around Arusha. All World Vets veterinary services are provided free.

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.

 

And they’re off! Pacific Partnership 2012 now underway

Pacific Partnership is an annual humanitarian aid mission operated by the US Navy in collaboration with host and partner nations, foreign military and medical personnel as well as non governmental organizations. In a joint effort, medical, dental and veterinary assistance is provided. The USNS Mercy has now departed San Diego and is on its way to South East Asia! World Vets is proud to be on board and providing veterinary services to host nations on this 4 month civil-military humanitarian aid mission.

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.

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

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