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World Vets “Team Ecuador” works well into the night

World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr. Joe Zulty (pictured above), performs surgery well into the night with fellow team members on our most recent high volume spay/neuter clinic in Ecuador. We’d like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of our efforts here, along with our local partners PAE-Ibarra, the municipality of Ibarra, in addition to the countless volunteers who contribute and dedicate their time and energy, year after year, on this ongoing project. We have another team deploying to Ecuador in November. Volunteer positions still available! Read more here

The campaign also received local news coverage. You can see it here (In Spanish)

Volunteer in Ecuador & Visit the Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands

Since 2009, World Vets has been providing large scale spay/neuter campaigns benefiting animals in the municipalities of Ibarra and Otavalo. Within these last five years, World Vets has established agreements within these areas that have acted to cease municipal sponsored poisoning campaigns in exchange for free spay/neuter services being provided.

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Spay/Neuter clinic

Located in northern Ecuador, with the Andes mountains not too far away, volunteers pass through and visit the Equator marker on their way to the project location. Volunteers also have free time to enjoy local sights and attractions and are encouraged to extend their trip by a few days to visit the famous Galapagos Islands.

World Vets will be sending a team to Ecuador November 8 – 15, 2014 to provide a large-scale spay/neuter campaign. The team may also perform any other surgical procedures needed on a case-by-case basis.

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Surgical patients and their owners

We are seeking veterinarians, veterinary technicians (licensed and non-licensed), students as well as assistants to complete our team!

Read more about this volunteer opportunity here

 

World Vets Volunteers Impact Animal Lives in Peru: Trixie the Street Dog

World Vets volunteer Dr Marian Boden (who performed the surgery) snuggles with Trixie in recovery

World Vets volunteer Dr Marian Boden (who performed the surgery) snuggles with Trixie in recovery

Trixie at home following surgery

Trixie at home following surgery

Trixie was a street dog with a badly wounded right front leg. Luckily she had been taken in by a local woman and her family. When Trixie was brought to our team, during World Vets recent campaign in Cusco, it appeared that she had been hit by a car.

The family had been cleaning her leg wound, which healed overtime, though the leg kept dragging. The wound would also constantly break open and get infected. They sought veterinary care, to have the leg amputated, but it was too expensive and they could not afford it. So, they continued to care for her on their own,

putting a sock over the leg and wound to protect it.

With help from our local partners, the family was able to bring Trixie to World Vets field clinic in Cusco. There our team, specifically Dr. Marian Boden and Dr. Teri Weronko, were able to lessen her pain and increase her comfort by performing the much needed operation (free of charge).

We are happy to report that Trixie has had a great recovery and is now smiling!

New Friendships Made While Helping Animals in Peru

World Vets volunteer Dr Marian Boden (who performed the surgery) snuggles with Trixie in recovery

World Vets volunteer Dr Marian Boden (who performed the surgery) snuggles with Trixie in recovery

A World Vets team has just returned from Peru after providing a very successful large scale spay/neuter campaign within the district of Cusco. In a few short days, our team was able to perform over 200 surgeries as well as assist many animals that had been suffering for a long time. In particular Trixie (pictured left) who was finally able to have her leg amputated after many years of carrying around the lifeless limb. As reported by our local partners, she has made a full recovery and is now up and running about.

World Vets volunteer Dr Laurie Clauss sits with Peruvian veterinarians Dr Carmen Caceres and associate

World Vets volunteer Dr Laurie Clauss sits with Peruvian veterinarians Dr Carmen Caceres and associate

This campaign also served as a great reminder about how our projects not only bring together like minded professionals, they also serve as a great opportunity for information exchanges between our volunteers and local practitioners. Many new friendships were made benefiting both furry friends and their local veterinary service providers.

Join our team heading there at the end of this month! Read more here

We’d like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot, the alcaldia of San Jeronimo, Pataz, Asociacion Cusco Verde, Lazzy Veterinary Clinic as well as our veterinary team and all local volunteers for their support and participation.

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

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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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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!

A True Island Effort: Colombian Military working alongside World Vets

10511149_10152122058155904_3040387750315493401_nFor the last few years World Vets has been partnering with the Department of Health on San Andres Island to help control the small animal population through spay/neuter.

During these campaigns, we are also joined by members of the Colombian military who assist our teams in transporting dogs, providing crowd control and other tasks involved with the clinic.

We just recently completed a large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaign which resulted in close to 200 surgeries being performed.

SAI Team MilitaryWe’d like to thank all of our local partners for a true island effort as well as our volunteers and Fondation Brigitte Bardot who help make this project possible.

We have another campaign scheduled in San Andres Island December 1 – 8, 2014. Volunteer opportunities on this project coming soon!

 

 

Travel Off the Beaten Path & Help Train Veterinary Professionals

iguazu fallsParaguay, a landlocked country, is considered to be one of the poorest nations in South America as well as the least developed and most isolated. As a result of its seclusion, much assistance for animal welfare and veterinary training of local professionals is limited. To address the scare resources available for animals and the veterinary profession, World Vets operated a pilot project to Asuncion, the capital, in 2013.

asu7World Vets will return to Paraguay October 22 – 29, 2014. The veterinary services that will be provided on this upcoming project include spay/neuter surgery for both owned and un-owned animals, along with other surgical procedures deemed necessary on a case by case basis. Medical consultations may also be provided for parasites, skin conditions in addition to any other health ailments that are presented. Moreover, team members will work alongside and/or provide guidance and instruction to local veterinary asu1professionals.

We are seeking veterinary volunteers that have an interest in working with and mentoring foreign veterinarians as well as traveling to a location off the beaten path. If you speak Spanish and/or have Spanish speaking skills, this would be a great opportunity for you to utilize  and/or practice your language skills.

Volunteers will also have free time to enjoy local and/or national sights such as the famous Iguazu Falls, Jesuit missionary ruins and/or visit handicraft and artisan markets.

Read more about this unique volunteer opportunity here

One Health in Action: Partnership to Benefit Rural Communities

World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr Jerry Brown, with MINSA employee at community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets field service veterinarian, Dr Jerry Brown, with MINSA employee at community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets volunteers vaccinating for rabies during community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

World Vets volunteers vaccinating for rabies during community outreach clinic; Nicaragua

Pet owners wait in line with their dogs to receive rabies vaccination; Nicaragua

Pet owners wait in line with their dogs to receive rabies vaccination

Over the past six years, World Vets has maintained a constant presence in Nicaragua providing much needed veterinary services as well as capacity building. In this time, we have executed countless field clinics, benefiting thousands of animals, in addition to helping those access treatments and procedures that were previously unavailable.

We have also established a Latin America Veterinary Training Center located within the city of Granada. This facility provides free spay and neuter services benefiting animals in and around the area, meanwhile training the next generation of Latin American veterinarians in proper anesthesia and surgery techniques. The center also hosts our student program (World Vets International Veterinary Medicine Program) where students representing nearly every veterinary school in North America (as well as other schools from around the world) have come to learn, help animals in need and gain invaluable experience in international veterinary medicine.

To add to our program service and community impact, we have recently partnered with the Ministry of Health (MINSA) in Nicaragua to help eradicate rabies in the country. As part of our weekly community outreach clinics, where we take our services out  into rural communities, we are now providing free rabies vaccinations for all dogs. Our community outreach efforts are a vital way to help poor communities that would otherwise not have access to or a means of obtaining veterinary care.

One Health is and remains a cornerstone of all of our activities in Nicaragua. Together with MINSA we are committed to improving the health of animals and communities in the country.

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Become a Member, Make a Difference!

 

memberBecome a Member and make a difference!  It’s easy, affordable, and an effective way to support animals in need around the globe.

All World Vets members enjoy the following benefits:

  • All members receive a subscription to the World Vets E-Newsletter.
  • All members 18 and older are eligible to volunteer on field service projects.
  • All members receive the opportunity to register for projects before they are advertised to the general public.

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