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Recruiting Experienced Vet Techs for Upcoming Project in South America

Are you looking for an opportunity to travel and give back? Join us in Paraguay this September!

We seek licensed and/or experienced vet techs for our upcoming project in Asuncion! Travel to an “off the beaten path” location, be part of a World Vets team, and work with local veterinary professionals to help many animals in need. Read more about our Paraguay project and this volunteer opportunity here.

Learn more about what role an LVT/RVT/CVT performs on a project such as this one.

And the Winner of the #WorldVets Instagram Photo Contest is…

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The 2015 #WorldVets Instagram photo contest has come to an end.  Thank you to all who participated!  We are happy to announce Nicole Mayne as the winner!  This wonderful photo features World Vets volunteers, a member of the local community and a pair of unique patients who received free veterinary care during the International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) program in Granada, Nicaragua.  Congratulations Nicole!  Thank you for your enthusiasm towards World Vets and dedication to helping animals in need.  

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World Vets Contributes to Civil – Military Humanitarian Aid Missions

One of World Vets ongoing programs is our collaboration with the US Navy in delivering humanitarian aid. This civil – military partnership spans over six years and has World Vets contribute veterinary expertise, skill, and manpower to achieve mission objectives.

World Vets is represented on two US Navy led humanitarian aid missions: Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise. This summer we have veterinary teams on both missions where they are traveling on board hospital ships, working alongside US Army veterinary personnel and providing services and training onshore in host nations. Read about our vet teams’ experience on the 2015 Pacific Pacific mission here

This partnership has allowed us to expand our reach and help many animals in remote locations. It has also afforded us the opportunity to work with, train, as well as support, veterinary professionals and institutions operating in the countries visited. Watch a video of the work and importance our veterinary teams play here

As part of these annual missions, World Vets veterinary teams benefit countless communities within Latin America and the Caribbean, in addition to the South Pacific, and South East Asia.

See pictures from past missions

World Vets Continues Small Animal Project in Peru

During the month of June World Vets continued its small animal project in Peru. For several years we have been partnering with Pataz Pro-Animalista Cusco and local municipalities to provide free veterinary services for animals in need. Our most recent campaign facilitated over 200 sterilizations, and helped hundreds of animals. We return in August to benefit even more! We’d like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their ongoing support of these campaigns and to all of our wonderful veterinary volunteers who work very hard to provide great care for all of the patients.

We are Accepting New Project Requests for 2016

Each year World Vets sends out countless veterinary teams throughout the world to provide free veterinary care for animals in need. These endeavors are made possible through a shared dedication to improve the lives of animals, and in turn the partnerships that are created to realize this common goal.

We are looking to expand our reach and send teams to regions of the world where we’re currently not working. In particular, we are interested in receiving requests for assistance from countries located in South East Asia and the Asia – Pacific area, though we welcome requests, and opportunities, to provide assistance worldwide.

At this time we will not be considering requests for assistance from the following:

  • Countries where we already have an established program, project and/or presence. For instance, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic etc.
  • Countries where it is illegal, or would not be welcomed, for foreign veterinarians to provide their services as a volunteer.
  • Countries that have major safety concerns and/or travel advisories, especially per the U.S State Department. For instance, specific regions of the world  we are unable to consider at this time include the Middle East, Central Asia and various parts of Africa.
  • Requests that solicit assistance in the form of one individual/volunteer (as we do not recruit individual volunteers for placements with other organizations)

We strive to work in partnership with foreign animal welfare groups, veterinary professionals, other nongovernmental organizations (NGO`s), as well as local and national governments and their respective agencies responsible for animal welfare, agriculture and public health. If you represent one (or more) of these categories, and would like to work with World Vets, see here for more information about requesting assistance.

We are accepting new project requests, to be considered for a visit in 2016, until August 3rd, 2015. All requests received following this date will be considered for 2017.

Instagram Contest, Win World Vets Gear!

 OPEN TO ALL WORLD VETS VOLUNTEERS, PAST AND PRESENT!

 Contest Guidelines and Rules:

 HOW TO ENTER: Follow @worldvets1 on Instagram. Instagram your favorite photo that you took while volunteering with World Vets and tag it with #WorldVets. Photo  submissions must be uploaded by August 1, 2015.

 ELIGIBILITY: Open to World Vets participants only.

 PRIZE: $50 worth of World Vets gear (non redeemable for cash)

 END DATE: Winner will be chosen on August 1st, 2015 by the World Vets Team

 WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: The selected winner will be notified via email & instagram within 48 hours of being selected. The winner may be required to verify his/her  name, email and mailing address prior to receiving the prize.

*** Please do not upload graphic surgery photos for this contest.

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World Vets Now Deployed on “Continuing Promise” Mission

World Vets is the veterinary non-governmental organization (NGO) currently represented on the U.S. Navy led humanitarian aid mission “Continuing Promise”. World Vets veterinarians on board are working alongside a US Army veterinary team, and in collaboration with host nation partners. This past week our team led seminars in Jamaica at the Department of Veterinary Services on topics such as dairy cattle medicine, small ruminants and swine, in addition to performing other activities with the Ministry of Agriculture. Read about the veterinary services our team, among others, are providing in Nicaragua here (Spanish)

World Vets will be providing similar training and capacity building, as well as direct veterinary services, in many Latin American and Caribbean countries as part of this mission.

Continuing Promise is a humanitarian and civic assistance deployment program 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.  Missions deliver assistance with a focus on veterinary training and teaching.

 

World Vets Responds to Nepal Earthquake: Animal Rescue Updates

World Vets Disaster Response Team is extremely busy in Nepal, racing to save animals caught in the wake of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed more than 6100 people and countless animals.  While the response to human casualties is justifiably prioritized, there are many animals that are in a desperate situation and World Vets is on the ground in the strike zone to help them. Already there has been a huge demand for life-saving veterinary work not only for companion animals but also for street dogs, livestock, horses and donkeys. The livelihood of many people in Nepal is dependent on livestock and working animals, and our work is not only helping the animals but also the families of Nepal who depend on them for their own survival.

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Your support allows us to provide urgent care to animals impacted by this disaster.

Please support World Vets’ International Disaster Relief Fund now. Your donation is urgently needed. Thank you.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSE

World Vets response to the Nepal earthquake focused primarily on the remote and outlying rural villages in the country. These locations proved to be the hardest hit and in need of urgent, and often times life saving, veterinary work for primarily livestock. Our disaster response team was one of the first to arrive after the earthquake and worked in collaboration with local animal rescue groups, local and government veterinarians as well as other international aid agencies.   Our services included direct animal care, capacity building for long term impact, establishing and providing training for specific treatment protocols for challenging veterinary cases unique to this disaster.  We also provided direct financial support to local animal welfare groups.

UPDATE (May 18, 2015)

World Vets veterinarian Dr Ben Brown traveled with other NGO volunteers to the village of Kuvenda close to the Tibetan border this weekend. This is a prominent dairy area in this district and he will be treating cases here over the next few days. Below is a picture of Dr Brown with the Sapkota family who live in the area. Their son works for Animal Nepal, an animal welfare organization based in Kathmandu with whom World Vets is collaborating in country efforts.

sapkota family Tibetan border

UPDATE (May 15, 2015)

World Vets veterinarians Dr Ben Brown and Dr Springer Browne provided health checks and medical consults in Nepal for the Los Angeles County Fire Department K-9 Search and Rescue dogs, trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, led by Captain Andrew Olvera. Stetson, Pearl, Rugby, Riley, Tanker and Ripley are the heroic dogs! Most of our work in Nepal has been focused in rural villages near the epicenter, but we were happy to be able to assist these hard-working dogs that have played a very important role in the rescue efforts.

UPDATE (May 14, 2015)

World Vets veterinarians, Dr. Springer Browne and Dr. Ben Brown, have been able to follow up on a few animal cases that they treated since their arrival. We are happy to report that there have been some great outcomes! One such animal is Dwarika – a small dog who received emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries. As a result of the earthquake many dogs have been displaced into unfamiliar territories and are getting attacked by other dogs that are fighting for survival. This is what happened to Dwarika (pictured below). She still has some healing to do since the ordeal, but she is feeling much better now.

 

UPDATE (May 12, 2015)

Earlier today another massive earthquake hit the already devastated country of Nepal. Our veterinary team is working under difficult conditions, but we have heard from them and they are safe. World Vets is continuing to help the animals & people of Nepal.

UPDATE (May 11, 2015)

One of the most urgent animal needs following the earthquake is helping the many milk cows that have traumatic limb injuries and downer cow syndrome. Our vets have livestock expertise and have been treating many of these cows. Since there is a limited window of time to initiate treatment and many more animals that need help in remote regions, World Vets veterinarian Dr Springer Browne held a workshop to teach the specific treatment protocols to Nepalese veterinary professionals as well as other local and international NGO’s. This will enable many more animals to get the help they need.

 

UPDATE (May 5 – 9, 2015):

World Vets disaster relief team continues to work in Nepal with much of the efforts focused on animals in rural villages. The livestock in these villages are not only providers of milk, but they are considered family members that are loved. Our work not only brings care to injured and sick animals, but also to the families that depend on them and also to help prevent the spread of disease. Our veterinarians have been collaborating their efforts with several local and international animal welfare organizations and government agencies who have all come together to help animals impacted by the disaster.

 

 UPDATE (May 4, 2015)

News coverage from Channel NewsAsia of our work in rural Nepal, where World Vets veterinarians have been working to help animals injured in the earthquake. Read article here

UPDATE (May 1, 2015):

There has been a huge demand for our veterinarians in Nepal and today was another long with many animals saved.   Just to mention a few, there was a pig that was injured from falling bricks, a dog that was rescued from an water ditch and a dog that had severe fight wounds.  Because of the earthquake, many dogs are getting displaced into unfamiliar territories as the seek refuge and they are getting attacked by other dogs fighting for survival.

UPDATE (April 30, 2015) :

Dr. Springer Browne of World Vets and Dr. Suman Khadka from Animal Nepal assess a cow that had been trapped between collapsed buildings for three days.  The cow had recently been rescued in Baneswor area of Kathmadu and was suffering from a severe metabolic disease from the ordeal. She was in very bad shaped and would have died without treatment.  They got to work right away administering intravenous treatments to which she showed rapid signs of improvement.  They will go back and check on her tomorrow but thankfully she is expected to make a full recovery.   Tragically, another cow died before we knew about the situation and our vets were able to get there.

Communication channels are inconsistent but details are coming in on the rescues that are happening in the field. We will provide updates of some of those stories on this page.

 

UPDATE (April 27, 2015) Our disaster response veterinary team has been activated and is deploying to Nepal.   Our first responder vets will be there for at least three weeks, with additional support to follow as needed.

Your support allows us to provide urgent care to animals impacted by this disaster.

Please support World Vets’ International Disaster Relief Fund now.  Your donation is urgently needed.  Thank you.

Dogs and Damaged Building 1Fire Station Pulchowk area in Lalitpur district

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World Vets is Committed to Transparency and Excellence

 

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World Vets is a registered 501c(3) Non Government Organization.  All donations to World Vets are tax deductible.  Tax ID # 20-4637447

Thanks to the Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of our disaster preparedness and relief efforts.

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World Vets Mission is to improve the health and well being of animals by providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and by providing disaster relief worldwide.

BREAKING NEWS-Nepal Earthquake

UPDATE:  Our disaster response veterinary team has been activated and is deploying to Nepal.   Our first responder vets will be there for at least three weeks, with additional support to follow as needed. (April 27, 2015)

ALL UPDATES FROM THE FIELD ARE POSTED HERE

In the wake of the massive earthquake that hit Nepal earlier today, our rescue team is on standby and will be ready to deploy if local rescue groups or authorities need our help.   The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit near Kathmandu on Saturday causing massive destruction and casualties.  It had been predicted that a huge earthquake would hit the region sometime in the coming years and because of that, World Vets and a local animal welfare group in Nepal had already been collaborating to prepare for such an event.

In addition to our ongoing veterinary aid programs around the world, World Vets provides disaster relief support and rescue teams for major international disasters where animals are impacted or public safety and health is impacted by animal related situations.  World Vets has previously responded to disasters such as the Haiti Earthquake, Thailand Floods, Japan Tsunami, Philippines Typhoon, Bosnia Flooding etc.  Our support includes such things as direct veterinary care and on the ground rescues, reuniting pets with owners, addressing public health and zoonotic disease issues and coordinating supply donations.

We are continuing to assess the situation and our teams will be ready to deploy if Nepal animal welfare groups seek our assistance. Donations are urgently needed to support the rescue efforts.

The development and gear for our disaster response rescue program was graciously funded by the Fondation Brigitte Bardot of Paris, France.   We depend on the support of the public, foundations and individual donors to support each deployment and ongoing rescue efforts.  Please consider making a donation to our international disaster response program that helps animals in these situations.  DONATE HERE

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Marley’s Miracle: World Vets gives an old boy a new lease on life

By: Jane Ebbitt, CARE Nevis Animal Society

For the second year in a row a World Vets team arrived on the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis to assist the local rescue group CARE Nevis Animal Society with pet wellness and a mass free spay-neuter clinic. For four days the team led by World Vets field service veterinarian,  Dr. Winnie Neunzig, worked alongside the CARE volunteers from early morning till well after dusk, their immense efforts yielding amazing results of 283 spay-neuters, 92 vet consults, 400 vaccinations and 4 elective surgeries for other serious health problems.

For one dog in particular, the World Vets visit became a life-saving mission. That dog is ‘MARLEY’.

The old and the young, Marley puppy sits Sweetie

The old and the young, Marley comforts a puppy

Marley is very dear to our heart, he is the ‘Grandpa Patriarch’ of the CARE Rescue Shelter, our first rescue found on a local beach in November 2009. The victim of a dog fighting ring, he had been abandoned and was starving, near death, when we picked him up. The indomitable spirit of this dog, who was given 6 months to live back in January 2010, has been our motivation that every stray animal deserves a second chance at life and love. Marley is so gentle his self-imposed mission in life is to welcome every puppy to the CARE Rescue Shelter. He nuzzles, protects and tells them all that their days of running scared are over.

Marley's tumors

Marley’s tumors

Last year Marley developed a testicular tumor and other large tumors on his underside. We watched in dismay as the tumors doubled in size within a year. Due to his age of approximately 11 years, and risk factors, no vets would tackle surgery to remove them. We asked World Vets field service veterinarian,  Dr Winnie, and World Vets volunteer, Dr Mike Henes, if they believed he would survive surgery to remove the massive tumors, which were weighing Marley down. They gave Marley 75-25 odds of making it,and, although it was a difficult decision to make, there really was no other choice.

From left to right, Jane Ebbitt, Dr. Winnie Neunzig, Dr. Mike Henes and LVT Corinne Anders

From left to right, Jane Ebbitt, Dr. Winnie Neunzig, Dr. Mike Henes and LVT Corinne Anders

And so, Winnie and Mike assisted by senior Vet Tech, Corinne Anders, got to work and operated on Marley. For 30 minutes scalpels flashed, clamps were placed and needles stitched up the wounds at lightning speed. With no complications at all during the procedure, Marley’s 3lbs of tumors were removed and a now ‘streamlined’ Marley emerged from the operating table to recover.

Within 24 hours our Patriarch of the CARE Shelter was rejuvenated, recovered and back amongst all the puppies that he loves so much. He now walks with a spring in his step, greeting the puppies with his usual snuffles and big licks.

We can’t thank the World Vets team enough for giving our Miracle Marley’ yet another lease on the life he loves living. We are so, so… grateful.

 

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