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Hundreds Benefit from Sterilization Campaigns in South East Asia

During the month of November, World Vets held two high-volume sterilization campaigns in Laos and Cambodia. On both projects combined, we performed close to a thousand spay/neuter surgeries,  all provided free of charge. On each campaign, free rabies vaccinations were also provided for animal patients. Given that rabies is a serious health concern in these countries, we actively take part in its prevention with every veterinary event.

We are extremely grateful for our dedicated volunteers, local partners as well as donors and supporters for making these campaigns possible!

Recruiting Veterinary Team! Pacific Partnership 2020

World Vets will recruit a small veterinary team to contribute veterinary manpower and skills to accomplish the veterinary objectives of civil – military mission Pacific Partnership 2020. Our team will work alongside, and in collaboration with, US Army vets and techs as well as local government officials and animal health care professionals in the host nation of the Solomon Islands. Find out more!

Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to work by, with and through host and partner nations, non-government organizations and international agencies to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters.

IMPORTANT: This is a veterinary expedition-style mission that is based “on the ground” for the duration of the event. There is no Navy ship and/or hospital ship involved.

**World Vets team will be selected/finalized by late January 2020. Should you wish to be considered, please send your information no later than December 31, 2019**


Who can volunteer on World Vets team?

Volunteer positions on World Vets veterinary team are only open to:

  • Those who are World Vets members and have previously volunteered with our organization
  • Veterinarians and veterinary technicians licensed to practice within the USA and/or Canada*
  • Those who can commit for the entire duration of the veterinary expedition (i.e. 10-12 days, not including travel time)

*Qualified veterinarians and/or veterinary nurses from the UK, Australia and/or New Zealand are also eligible, however may only be considered if they have a volunteer track record 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.

Before expressing an interest, please read Volunteer Responsibilities for civil – military missions.

To be considered for a position on World Vets team, please write to trips@worldvets.org  (Subject Titled: Pacific Partnership 2020) and include the following;

  1. Copy of CV/resume (to include past World Vets volunteer service)
  2. Copy of active veterinary license

Please note: World Vets volunteers will not receive veterinary training and/or instruction as part of this mission – host nation partners will be the recipients of any such support by our team. As a result, applicants must be interested in being mentors and/or providing training and instruction to host nation beneficiaries. We do not have volunteer opportunities for students as part of this mission.

Helping Rural Communities Access Veterinary Care | Peru 2020

One of the highlights of World Vets veterinary field work is our community outreach clinics. These engagements provide a rewarding opportunity for volunteers to interact with local members in the communities we serve as well as their animals.

This activity has been a staple of our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program, much to our student volunteers delight. While these mobile clinics provide an enriching volunteer experience, they also have a positive impact on rural communities by making quality care and veterinary services more accessible.

As part of community outreach, volunteers are involved in assisting with health consultations and administering vaccines and preventative health care to a variety of animal species. We also equip ourselves with basic medical supplies to address a range of medical conditions in the field.

See more pictures of community outreach

Busy in Brazil! Hundreds of Animals Receive Veterinary Care

During the month of September we operated two veterinary service campaigns in Northeastern Brazil. These projects benefited not only dogs and cats, but horses as well. Hundreds of sterilizations were performed, which provided a great service for the community in helping to control the street dog and cat population. It also provided relief to local animal rescuers who struggle to afford the cost of spay/neuter for all of the animals they care for.

Countless horses also received veterinary care as part of our efforts in Brazil. A large portion of equine beneficiaries were carriage and cart horses, as well as those rescued and housed at rehabilitation centers.

We would like thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of our Brazilian campaigns this year. We also thank our dedicated volunteers and local partners for contributing their skills, energy and passion toward helping animals in need!

See pictures from Brazil

World Vets IVM Program in a New Location!

The International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program  is World Vets official student program. It provides students with an opportunity to receive one on one instruction in relation to the preparation, execution and recovery of patients from spay and neuter surgery. Students stand to benefit from this multi – disciplinary training and cultural experience as it will enhance their education and give them a broader understanding of international veterinary medicine.  Read more

To date this program has been offered in Nicaragua and Ecuador. It will now be offered in Peru as a field medicine clinic starting this December! Opportunities for students still exist on our Winter IVM session scheduled to take place in Cusco, Peru from Dec 27, 2019 – Jan 3, 2020. Find out more!

Update: A NEW! Winter session has been scheduled from Dec 16 – 23, 2019! Student registration for this opportunity will be released next month!

World Vets Team Helps Wildlife in Honduras

This summer World Vets had a veterinary team in Roatan, Honduras to provide free veterinary services for wildlife and exotics.

A big issue in this particular region is the Illegal pet trade and the trafficking of wildlife. As such, the government faces a huge challenge with managing confiscated or abandoned animals. A temporary solution is finding wildlife sanctuaries that can care for these animals with the combination of sustainable tourism and education. These facilities are in turn accredited by the government and as a rule, do not buy or sell wildlife. For this project, World Vets partnered with these operations to provide needed veterinary care. The majority of our work during this campaign included exams, blood work, parasite testing and treatment and some minor surgical procedures.

We would like to thank our outstanding team of passionate professionals and students! We would also like to extend our gratitude to Maya Key, the Governor of the Bay Islands and the Director of the Wildlife Health Department for their support and collaboration.

A Successful Summer in Ecuador

World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is our official student program. It is a multi – disciplinary training and cultural experience that enhances students education and also gives them a broader understanding of international veterinary medicine.

This summer our IVM Program took place in Ecuador. Hundreds of animals benefited for our free veterinary services, which included sterilization surgeries as well as community outreach field clinics that tended to both small animals and livestock.  See pictures

We’d like to thank our outstanding student and veterinary volunteers, local partners as well as our supporters for making this an amazing summer!

If you missed this opportunity, we still have student spots open on our IVM session scheduled in August. Find out more

World Vets takes part in New Horizons Guyana

World Vets currently has a veterinary team in Guyana providing free veterinary care as part of the New Horizons Training Exercise. World Vets is a proud partner of US Southern Command humanitarian aid operations. These missions have our teams work alongside US Army vets and techs, in addition to animal health care professionals and local veterinarians in host nations. We thank our dedicated volunteers for their service as well as New Horizons for this great opportunity to improve animal health and welfare in Guyana!

 

Thank you Team Nepal! Hundreds of Street Dogs Sterilized

Last month World Vets had two veterinary teams in Nepal to provide free sterilization services for street dogs. We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, donors as well as local partners. From your efforts, and with your support, hundreds of dogs now have a greater chance at a better life!

You can help us make a difference! World Vets returns to Kathmandu later this year, and we still have a need for volunteers. Find out more

Calling All Cat Lovers & Feline Practitioners

We have an upcoming field service project that is the perfect volunteer opportunity for cat lovers and feline practitioners. We will be operating a free high volume sterilization campaign in Shkodër, Albania from August 1- 8, 2019, and 70% of animal patients are expected to be cats!

Volunteer opportunities are still available for veterinarians, technicians (both licensed and non-licensed), as well as students and for general assistants (individuals with no previous veterinary experience). Find out more!

Booking a direct flight to Albania might be expensive from North America. As such, we suggest prospective volunteers look into booking a round trip flight to a major hub in Europe (i.e. Amsterdam, Bucharest, Rome) and from that location book a separate flight to Albania. We also recommend that volunteers search for flight options on kayak.com, and then book directly through the airline offering the best deal/itinerary.

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