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Life Saving Work in Roatan, Honduras

Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands located off the coast of Honduras in the Caribbean. Even though it may be the largest island of the archipelago, there is still more to be desired in relation to the health services provided for the small animal population. This is in part due to the limited number of practicing veterinarians on the island as well as the local population’s inability to pay for veterinary services.

To address the growing need for accessible veterinary care, World Vets has been sending veterinary teams to Roatan since 2008. Our teams not only provide much needed spay/neuter services to help control the small animal population, they also provide medical consultations, in addition to life saving procedures as is the case with Jasper, a dog that was treated on our most recent campaign.

Jasper came to be castrated, though also had substantial tumors in his scrotum that were also looked after during the surgery. While everything went well with the procedure, Jasper experienced difficulties with coagulation so he continued to bleed from the surgical site. Our team suspect this was likely due to erlichiosis (a tick-borne illness) that is highly prevalent on the island. To remedy this, our volunteers utilized pressure wraps around the area to stop the bleeding. This helped, though what he needed was more blood.

Luckily there was a large dog who had come for a consultation and whose owner was more than willing to allow our team to collect blood from him to give to Jasper. And so, in the midst of sterilizations and health consultations, our volunteers found themselves involved in an emergency a blood transfusion! We are happy to report that Jasper is doing great!

We thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their ongoing support of our small animal project in Roatan

Continuing Education (CE) with World Vets

Did you know World Vets has a continuing education (CE) opportunity? Our RACE-approved CE course is currently offered in Otavalo, Ecuador during our International Veterinary Medicine Program.

This opportunity coincides with our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program. As such, veterinarians and technicians who sign up as instructors for the IVM program will have the chance to include the CE optional credit as part of their registration. Learn more

Get out of the Cold! Join us in the Dominican Republic

World Vets operates countless veterinary field projects to help thousands of animals receive quality veterinary care each year. What’s more, all veterinary services on such projects are provided free of charge for local pet owners and the community.

World Vets has been operating veterinary field projects in the Dominican Republic since 2011. Over the years, our efforts have consisted of providing spay/neuter training, large scale sterilization campaigns as well as product donations. This year World Vets will continue to work in the Dominican Republic and facilitate free veterinary services to the small animal population in Cabarete.

Join us on our next campaign! April 22 – 29, 2017 Read more

Volunteer opportunities on veterinary field projects exist for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students and assistants (those who do not have any previous veterinary or animal experience). Learn more about volunteer descriptions here

Seeking DVM’s Interested in “Cultural Clinical” Experience Summer 2017

World Vets has a unique opportunity for DVM’s looking for a “cultural clinical” experience. A “cultural clinical” experience may be characterized as an opportunity for a veterinarian to volunteer their skills abroad meanwhile gain a cultural experience in the process.

We have such an opportunity at our Latin America Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua. This opportunity coincides with our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program where vets are involved in clinical activities, which include providing surgical instruction to English speaking veterinary students in addition to participating in outreach campaigns that are set up in outlying rural communities.

Both as part of this program, as well as outside of the program, many opportunities exist to learn about and experience the local culture as well as study and/or practice Spanish.There are many Spanish schools in Granada where volunteers can formally study with a tutor, though many informal settings present themselves simply through participation in World Vets activities. For instance, socializing with World Vets Nicaraguan staff and local pet owners.

This “cultural clinical” opportunity is available for both a short and long term duration. It is currently being offered during the months of June and July 2017. What’s more, this opportunity is RACE – approved for continuing education credit.

The minimum time requirement is 1 week (7 nights) and the maximum duration is 8 weeks. There is a minimum fee of $250 USD/week, which includes your lodging and most meals. Learn more

*This opportunity is also available to licensed veterinary technicians

 

Make World Vets part of your end of year giving & Holiday gifts

There are many ways to contribute to the work that World Vets does around the globe. We not only rely on volunteers, but also on the generosity of animal lovers, veterinary professionals and the general public to achieve our mission. Moreover, it is our vision to live in a world where all animals have access to skilled veterinary care. Your donations contribute to this vision and enable us to one day make this a reality for all the animals in our world.

If you’re not able to travel and volunteer with us, or make a monthly pledge, we do have some great gift ideas for you this holiday season! World Vets official merchandise, sponsorships, and symbolic gifts are just a few. You can even benefit World Vets as you do your online shopping. Learn how you can do this, along with other ways to help.

Together we can make a diference in the lives of animals! Make World Vets part of your end of year giving and help us provide veterinary care to animals who otherwise would not receive it. Make a contribution

Hundreds of Animals Helped: Cambodia Field Service Project

World Vets recently had a team in Cambodia where we provided a free high volume spay/neuter and animal health campaign in Siem Reap. Many thanks are due to the members of our veterinary team as well as the local support and volunteers who made this campaign possible. Hundreds of animals were aided and can now live a better, healthier life as a result of your efforts!

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“Advanced” IVM Experience: Veterinary Student Opportunity

From February 25 – March 4, 2017 World Vets will be offering an “Advanced” IVM program session specifically for veterinary students. This session will be offered to veterinary students who have participated on a past IVM program session and/or senior veterinary students with significant surgical exposure.

The overall experience will be similar to a standard International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program but with more autonomy for individual students. This particular session will emphasize spay/neuter surgeries where veterinary students can expect to receive roughly 15 surgeries where they will act as a primary surgeon while having experienced DVMs available for consultation and guidance.

As part of this program we offer a high-quality, low-stress, hands on experience. The teaching facility is also equipped with up to date medical, surgical, anesthetic and monitoring equipment.

Registration is now open! Find out more and sign up

Successful Pilot Project Operated in St.Vincent & the Grenadines

A World Vets team has recently returned from St.Vincent & the Grenadines, a southern Caribbean nation. Together with local partners, including support from island government ministries and local volunteers, a very successful small animal pilot project* was executed.  We are happy to report that our free services benefited many disadvantaged areas of St.Vincent and resulted in close to 200 sterilizations being performed!

We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, the Vincentian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VSPCA) and all those involved on the ground for making this a remarkable effort. We’d also like to give special thanks to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of this initial project.

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*A pilot project is a location where World Vets has previously never worked and/or sent an official team.

How will you Travel for Good? Volunteer with World Vets!

In January we reported that World Vets was a beneficiary of Travelocity’s “Travel for Good” contest. Not only did World Vets receive a monetary donation, but contest winner Courtney Vaudreuil, and friend Carole Angelo, got the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to take part in a World Vets small animal project. We’d like to thank Travelocity once again for visiting and supporting our program in Nicaragua and for sharing Courtney’s volunteer story!

We are lucky to have such amazing volunteers who come together to help animals in need. How will you travel for good? Start your journey with World Vets!

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.

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