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Summer 2017 | Student Internship with World Vets

World Vets seeks an enthusiastic and hardworking student intern who is ready for an adventure! We have an exciting summer internship opportunity based out of our Latin America Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua, as part of our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program. The IVM Program is World Vets student program that provides international students with an opportunity to gain practical veterinary experience as well as hands on instruction in relation to performing clinical tasks.

As part of this opportunity, the student intern will work alongside World Vets staff and volunteers in Nicaragua to aid and assist with the execution of the Summer 2017 IVM Program. More details are provided below.


Tasks & Responsibilities:

– Assist with local logistics and coordination as it pertains to the IVM Program, in addition to providing general animal care. Activities and tasks may consist of the following:

  1. Taking part in animal collection and returning animals to their homes/communities following recovery
  2. Tending to surgical patients post op in recovery; monitoring, grooming, and administration of post op medicines
  3. Taking part in community outreach activities, which provide free veterinary services for dogs, cats and horses in outlying rural communities
  4. When appropriate, helping to prep animal patients for surgery
  5. Miscellaneous administrative/data collection duties

– Act as social coordinator for IVM Program participants while the program is underway. This will consist of the following

  1. Welcoming students/instructors to program housing upon arrival and showing them around the house and to their rooms (and, labeling rooms with the names of who will be sleeping where each session)
  2. Being the “go to” person should anyone have any “tourist related” questions in relation to where they can go to do this, where they can go buy that, best places to eat etc.
  3. Getting everyone signed up for an activity prior to the designated free day and getting these activities* lined up (and collecting money for this if needed)
  4. Take part in the weekly group activity that is scheduled the day after arrivals
  5. When there is free time or during evenings, organize activities or social get-togethers where people can get to know each other, have fun, and experience more of Granada. I.e. rally up people to go out to dinner, to go shopping etc.

*World Vets will have 3 set activities that we offer to coordinate for IVM Program participants


Who can Apply?
  • This internship opportunity is open to pre-veterinary and/or veterinary technician students. Veterinary students may also be considered, however, getting surgical experience is not part of this opportunity.
  • Preference will be given to those who have participated on a past IVM Program session.
  • We seek a student that is able to commit for 7 – 8 consecutive weeks from June 5 – July 26, 2017
  • Spanish fluency or conversational Spanish is desired, though not a requirement.

Conditions:
  • This is a non paid internship, but an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with an international non profit and with animals in need.
  • There is a fee associated with this internship opportunity. In exchange for this fee, the following will be provided for the intern; housing for the duration of the internship, airport transfers (on assigned days), ground transportation related to clinic activities, breakfast, and lunches on clinic work days, program supplies and full participation in program activities, in addition to a World Vets scrub top and/or gear.
  • What is not provided (and what the intern will need to cover): International airfare, optional excursions/activities, dinner, Nicaraguan tourist visa ($10 USD), travel and/or health insurance, personal equipment necessary for the opportunity (i.e watch, stethoscope, water bottle), incidentals and anything not specifically outlined as included.

If interested, please send a cover letter and copy of your current resume/CV to drsteve@worldvets BEFORE DECEMBER 31st, 2016. Please list your full name, and include the past IVM Program session you participated on and whether you are able to commit for the dates listed.

Apply Now! Continuing Promise 2017

Continuing Promise is a humanitarian and civic assistance deployment program. It is composed of U.S. military personnel, partner nations’ forces and civilian relief volunteers that provide medical, dental and veterinary care, in addition to training for military personnel and valuable services to communities in need. This mission serves the Caribbean and Central and South America.

World Vets is a veterinary nongovernmental organization (NGO) that has been represented on this mission since 2009. We provide volunteer opportunities for veterinary professionals as part of this mission and in turn contribute veterinary manpower and skills to accomplish the mission`s objectives.

PLEASE NOTE: Continuing Promise 2017 will not take place on board a ship. Prospective volunteers will be part of an expeditionary force based “on the ground” for the duration of their participation. Veterinary expeditions will take place in Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia in Winter/Spring 2017.

Application deadline: November 30, 2016

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Who can volunteer on World Vets team?

Volunteer positions on World Vets veterinary team are open to:

  • World Vets members who have previously volunteered with our organization
  • Qualified Veterinarians and veterinary technicians licensed to practice within the USA/Canada*
  • Those who can commit to a 2-3 week rotation

*Qualified veterinarians and/or veterinary nurses from the UK, Australia and/or New Zealand are also eligible, however will only be considered if they have previously volunteered with World Vets

An ideal candidate has education in addition to experience relating to both large and small animals, public health, animal husbandry, zoonotic diseases, production and nutrition as well as sterilization surgery. Team members should also be capable of speaking/giving presentations and/or hands on instruction to host nation partners on specific veterinary related topics and/or activities. The focus of the mission is capacity building and contributing to sustainable projects. If prospective volunteers have Spanish language fluency, this is a plus.

Small Animal Field Projects: More than Spay/Neuter

World Vets operates multiple international field service projects throughout the  year. These veterinary field projects  provide direct veterinary services and care to animals in need on a large scale over a short amount of time, and may target small animals, equines and/or livestock. To aid in the delivery of such assistance, we have volunteer opportunities that not only facilitate quality veterinary care but also enable individuals to be a part of the work that we do around the world.

One big misconception about small animal field projects is that spay/neuter is the only service or surgery provided. While sterilizations do make up the bulk of surgeries performed, our teams encounter a variety of patient cases, which often times require emergency or special procedures to be undertaken.  On our most recent campaign held in Peru, we saw and treated a variety of such cases, including but not limited to tumor or mass removals, a perineal urethrostomy, eye nucleation, and a complicated pyometra.

With that being said, our small animal field projects help to control the small animal population. However, they also provide much relief for patients in unique circumstances and lend expertise in tackling such special cases.

See more Peru pictures

A World Vets First: Veterinary Pilot Project Held in India

During the month of July World Vets sent a veterinary team to India to carry out our first campaign ever held on the subcontinent. Over four days our team worked alongside local veterinarians to provide free sterilizations as well as health consultations for the small animal population of Mysuru (formerly known as Mysore).

We’d like to thank our local partners as well as our dedicated group of volunteers who made this pilot project a great one!

 

Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Europe!

World Vets operates multiple international field service projects throughout the year, many of which have volunteer opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students and assistants (those with no previous veterinary experience).

We would like to highlight two European small animal projects that still have volunteer openings this summer:

  • Galati, Romania (August 24 – 30, 2016) Tech/Student & Assistant Openings

Now Scheduling Personalized Surgical Training | Fall & Winter 2016

World Vets is now offering a personalized surgical training experience for veterinary students, recently graduated veterinarians, foreign veterinarians, in addition to veterinarians preparing for qualifying exams. This opportunity will provide one on one instruction (in English) in performing spay and neuter procedures and seeks to cater to the specific needs of participants.

Personalized surgical training is provided out of our Latin American Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua. Although a training facility, strict attention is paid to patient safety, comfort and appropriate pain management. Our center is also outfitted with modern equipment such as gas anesthesia, central oxygen, pulse oximeters and fluid pumps.

Only two participants will be accepted per week/session to ensure an intensive and personalized program. We are currently scheduling for the months of September, October, November and December 2016. We are also booking sessions in January and February 2017.

Participants are responsible for getting themselves to and from Nicaragua, in addition to the training center each day, providing their own lodging and meals as well as a World Vets participation fee.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please inquire by filling out the Personalized Surgical Training Inquiry Form.

While this opportunity is available to veterinary students, we first encourage them to consider our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program before inquiring about personalized surgical training.

 

World Vets Contributes to Greater Understanding of CTVT

For many years World Vets has contributed to a study based out of the University of Cambridge. This study seeks to unravel the mystery of canine transmissible venereal tumor (CTVT) found in dog populations all over the world. We are happy to announce that the paper “Mitochondrial genetic diversity, selection and recombination in a canine transmissible cancer” has now been published with their current findings.

Watch a short video produced by the University of Cambridge that sum’s up the study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV9xGi8-p0o

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.

Multiple Campaigns Held over Spring Break

This past month World Vets had multiple teams in Latin America and the Caribbean providing free veterinary services. We operated small animal projects in Cozumel, Nicaragua and Ecuador, in addition to having a team work with exotics in Roatan, Honduras. Combined, these campaigns provided over 1000 free sterilizations and reached hundreds more.

We’d like to thank our local partners for hosting these campaigns, as well as our dedicated team members for choosing to volunteer and travel with us over their spring break!

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