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World Vets Operates Free Sterilization & Rabies Vaccination Campaign in India

During the month of February World Vets operated a two week long campaign south of New Delhi, India. This veterinary effort provided free spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats.

We’d like to thank our donors, dedicated veterinary volunteers as well as local partners, People for Animals Trust and the National Institute of Animal Welfare of Faridabad, for making this possible.

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Intern with World Vets in Ecuador | Summer 2019

World Vets seeks an enthusiastic and hardworking intern who is ready for an adventure! We have an exciting summer internship opportunity as part of our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program. The IVM Program is World Vets student program that provides English speaking 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 intern will work alongside World Vets staff, local partners and volunteers in Ecuador to aid and assist with the execution of the Summer 2019 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. Tending to surgical patients post op in recovery; monitoring, grooming, and administration of post op medicines
  2. Taking part in community outreach activities, which provide free veterinary services for dogs, cats and livestock in outlying rural communities
  3. When appropriate, helping to prep animal patients for surgery
  4. 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 villa and to their rooms
  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 Otavalo. 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

There are also opportunities to participate in ongoing studies and/or conduct research as part of this internship opportunity


Who can Apply?
  • This internship opportunity is open to veterinary technicians, pre-veterinary students, veterinary technician students, as well as those who are pre-med and/or studying nursing. Students with an interest and/or focus in One Health will also be considered.
  • Preference will be given to those who have participated on a past IVM Program session
  • We seek candidates who are able to commit for a minimum of 4 weeks, if not 8 consecutive weeks from May 15 – July 10, 2019
  • 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 in an international setting with a veterinary non-profit, meanwhile helping 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 work and veterinary activities, breakfast, 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, 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.org BEFORE MARCH 15th, 2019. In the cover letter, please list your full name and any previous World Vets project(s) and/or past IVM Program session(s) you may have participated on and whether you are able to commit for the dates listed.

Make your Veterinary School Application Stand out!

Are you currently an undergraduate student with aspirations to apply to vet school one day? We know what will make your application stand out above the rest!

World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is our official student program where “pre-veterinary” students will not only receive exposure to practicing veterinary medicine in the field but gain valuable clinical skills. You will also help countless animals in the process and receive a great cultural experience!

There are still vacancies for “pre-vet” students as part of our IVM Program scheduled in Ecuador this summer! See all date offerings here

Join World Vets in Europe this Summer! Moldova & Albania

World Vets will be running two small animal projects in Europe this summer! One is a pilot project to Chisinau, Moldova (May 18 – 25, 2019) and another is scheduled for Shkodër, Albania  (August 1 – 8, 2019). Both will provide free sterilization services for local animals as well as street dogs.

Volunteer opportunities are open to vets, techs (both licensed and non-licensed), students and for general assistants (individuals with no previous vet experience.

Booking a direct flight to Albania and/or Moldova 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, such as Amsterdam, and from that location book a separate flight to Albania and/or Moldova. We also recommend that volunteers search for flight options on kayak.com, and then book directly through the airline offering the best deal/itinerary.

World Vets Teams Return from Asia

During the month of November World Vets had three veterinary teams in three different countries in Asia. We provided free high volume sterilization campaigns in Laos, Cambodia and Nepal respectfully. Each project was unique in its own way, though as part of each campaign we not only performed free spay/neuter, but also provided free rabies vaccinations for animal patients. This was important to include as part of our free services since rabies is still prevalent in these countries, and we felt it essential to aid local efforts in eradicating this fatal virus.

This was our first time working in Laos and our campaign was met with a great result and promise for future efforts.

In Cambodia our local partnerships continue to grow and in turn made additional services available for animal patients this year such as free microchipping.

And in Nepal, our free services continue to benefit the street dog population of Kathmandu to provide not only sterilization, but other much needed veterinary care.

Help Animals Abroad on your Spring Break!

Volunteer opportunities are still available for students on World Vets small animal veterinary field service projects scheduled in March 2019!

Current project locations and date offerings:
Otavalo, Ecuador: March 9 – 16, 2019
Otavalo, Ecuador: March 16 – 23, 2019

Antigua, Guatemala: March 16 – 23, 2019

As a veterinary student, pre-veterinary student and/or veterinary technician student, you may be involved in any of the following activities as part of these projects:

  • Pre med/Induction (All students): Assisting with prepping patients for surgery
  • Surgery (Veterinary students): Assisting a veterinarian in surgery, observing surgery and/or performing surgery under the direct supervision and instruction of a veterinarian.
  • Recovery (All students): Monitoring patients after surgery, administering appropriate post-op medications per protocol chart and grooming.
When registering, select the “Tech/Student” volunteer category and further classify your position on the registration form to reflect the student type that you are filling.

Successful Pilot Project Executed in Brazil

This month we had a veterinary team in northeastern Brazil to provide a free high volume sterilization campaign as well as surgical instruction to local veterinarians. This was our first time working in the country and feel it was quite successful with 500 + surgeries being performed and 20 + veterinarians benefiting from training.

We’d like to thank our dedicated volunteers for a tireless yet rewarding project, Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of this endeavor as well as our local partners. See more pictures

World Vets Continues its Commitment to Animals in Albania

World Vets has been working in Albania for many years to provide sterilization services at no cost in various communities to help control the dog and cat population.

This past month World Vets had a team in Shkoder, Albania to provide a high volume sterilization campaign. Our free veterinary services benefited feral and free roaming cats as well as street dogs. Almost 200 animals received care during this visit. We’d like to thank our dedicated volunteers as well as local partners for another successful campaign!

Our next visit to Albania is scheduled for April 2019. We still have volunteer positions open – find out more

Local media coverage of World Vets & spay/neuter efforts in Albania (in Albanian):

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oFvBKjpG6g&app=desktop
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzI3MAxMZMs
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiQ41uFdRhI&feature=share

World Vets IVM Program to resume Summer 2019

We are delighted to announced that our much loved International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is scheduled to resume in summer 2019!

World Vets IVM Program is our official student program. It is both a surgical and veterinary training program for veterinary, pre-veterinary and technician students who wish to gain clinical as well as practical veterinary experience. In addition to surgical instruction (provided to veterinary students), students participate in a multi-disciplinary veterinary program and cultural experience that will not only enhance their education, but also give them a broader understanding of international veterinary medicine. Learn more

The location for the Summer 2019 IVM Program will be Otavalo, Ecuador. IVM sessions will commence mid-late May 2019 and run for 8 days/7 nights. Exact dates to be posted in the coming weeks and early sign up for World Vets members will start during the month of October 2018. A deposit of $400 US will be due at the time of registration for students.

As part of this program, we also have a low cost opportunity for DVM‘s and LVT‘s who enjoy teaching and working with students.

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