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471 Surgeries in Laos

The World Vets team in Laos recently completed 471 free sterilization surgeries for pets in the capital city Vientiane. World Vets also provided 250 rabies vaccinations, all of which were administered to patients free-of-charge. No-cost veterinary services such as these help low-income communities control animal overpopulation and help to reduce the spread of the deadly rabies virus in high-risk areas.

The three-day event from March 15 to 17 included veterinary volunteers from U.S.A, Canada, Australia, and Israel, led by field service vet Dr. Winnie Neunzig and head technician Christina Sloan. The World Vets team worked alongside volunteers from World Vets’ local partner and host group Vientiane Dog Paradise with its manager Analin Phoutsavath to spay and neuter hundreds of animals. Local veterinarian Dr. Melody Bomon and several Laos veterinary students and other local volunteers also joined in the campaign.

Photo credits to Vientiane Dog Paradise, Winnie Neunzig, and Donna Gingras.

Veterinary Care for Galapagos Pets

Helping Pets in Galapagos! World Vets community veterinary clinic on the Galapagos Islands has now provided care to 3765 patients with over 2100 sterilization surgeries, as well as many complex medical and surgical cases. Thanks to our amazing veterinary team this month, under the skilled leadership of World Vets Field Service Veterinarian Dr Winnie Krogman, another 101 sterilization surgeries were performed along with numerous medical consultations and other life-saving surgical procedures. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our donors and volunteers who make this work possible, as well as our important collaboration with GAD Municipal de San Cristóbal Galápagos, Agencia de Bioseguridad para Galápagos, Animal Balance, and Lakefield Veterinary Group. This program delivers critical service for local pets while playing an important role in protecting the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

200 Free Sterilizations on San Cristobal Island

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, loyal donors and supporters, and local collaborators, World Vets wrapped up another successful veterinary campaign in the Galapagos Islands this month.  Through facilitation with local government agency ABG (Agencia de Regulación y Control de la Bioseguridad para Galápagos), the municipality of San Cristobal (GAD Municipal de San Cristóbal), and local partner Animal Balance, World Vets sterilized 200 dogs and cats on the island of San Cristobal. Besides spays and neuters, the volunteer veterinary team performed several life-saving surgeries and essential procedures and completed countless health consultations and treatments. All services were offered free of charge to resident pet owners in an effort to benefit small animal health, control dog and cat populations, and protect local wildlife in the region.

World Vets in Dominican Republic- 385 Surgeries

402210764_10159931966579021_8854682072379031247_nWorld Vets’ volunteers returned from the Dominican Republic last week after 3 consecutive days of spay and neuter surgeries and veterinary checkups for pets of the Punta Cana community. The World Vets team, in collaboration with Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic and their local vet volunteers, performed 385 successful sterilizations, free-of-charge for local pets and their owners. Animals also received rabies vaccinations provided by the country’s government, and some received various other crucial surgeries and/or health treatments. Thanks goes to the volunteers for their skill, professionalism, and dedication to helping so many animals. Thanks also to Mark and Debbie Diekmann and Sylvia Mendez of DCDR, and to the many supporters who provided their time, donated water and snacks, and everyone who came together to help make this campaign a success.





Helping Pets in Ecuador for 14+ Years

Ecuador2023 - Lakefield (24)At the start of this month, World Vets completed a large-scale sterilization campaign in the town of Otavalo, Ecuador. Partnering with local group Bienstar Animal Imbabura (BAI) and the Lakefield Veterinary Group, World Vets’ volunteers performed 305 surgeries in 3 days! The team also provided no-cost veterinary consultations and treatments for other animal health issues and participated in a Friday outreach. The community outreach in Ibarra provided animal check-ups, deworming, flea and tick treatment, and other preventative care for 239 animals. All services were offered free of charge to the local community.

World Vets has been working together with BAI for over 14 years in a wonderful partnership that has helped tens of thousands of dogs and cats in northern Ecuador. World Vets’ long-standing partnership with BAI and the generous sponsorship from LVG, as well as the contribution of the volunteers, provided a positive outcome for the recent campaign. We also appreciated the local support and collaboration with the Alcaldia Ciudadana de Otavalo and the mayor of Ibarra and the Parish Council of San Antonio who all helped make this program possible. World Vets looks forward to continuing to help animals in different regions of Ecuador and other countries around the world.





Bringing veterinary care to 450 Pets in Guatemala

The start of August brought together World Vets and the Antigua Street Dogs organization to deliver free veterinary services for the pets and people of Guatemala. World Vets’ team of 18 hardworking volunteers, alongside local vets and volunteer staff, cared for 450 dogs and cats in the town of Santa Maria de Jesus and the nearby communities.

Over three long and rainy clinic days, the team performed 436 sterilization surgeries to help reduce overpopulation of owned and unowned pets, including roaming street animals. World Vets also attended to and treated various sick and injured pets, including laceration cases and distemper/parvo puppies.

Special thanks goes to the local coordinator Sue Bohenstengel and to local surgeons, Dr. Dennys Marroquin and Dr. Nicole Byrne, for their participation in this mission. World Vets also expresses gratitude to the multitude of loyal and generous members, donors, volunteers, and supporters who help World Vets carry on this important work for people and pets in remote parts of the world.

As World Vets continues its mission to improve the lives of animals around the world, we invite you to support our work. Your donation will help support future missions through 2023 and into the next year. Donate today!




Veterinary Care Continues in Galapagos

326041674_741730820417045_959842773806102612_n World Vets’ Conservation Medicine Program continues to serve dogs and cats in the local community of San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands. A range of veterinary services, including thousands of surgeries, hundreds of medical consultations, and other preventative and emergency care have been provided free-of-charge since the opening of World Vets’ veterinary clinic in November 2021. This first and only clinic on the island provides quality animal care, helps prevent pet overpopulation, and aims to protect the precious biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands.

Three week-long sterilization campaigns between January and April have already provided over 450 free spay-and-neuter surgeries this year. Two more volunteer teams are scheduled to participate in high-volume surgery campaigns in June and December. All planned and upcoming volunteer opportunities to Galapagos are posted to our trips page.

Our work is made possible by our amazing allies – volunteers, members, and donors. We are also thankful for our partner organizations, including Agencia de Bioseguridad para Galápagos, Animal Balance, Lakefield Veterinary Group and GAD Municipal de San Cristóbal Galápagos, for their invaluable sponsorship and collaboration.

Support this important conservation work encouraging the health of island pets and preserving the well-being of native wildlife by donating to World Vets. Give now!




Siem Reap, Cambodia: Finishing 2022 Strong

319560866_711952106966310_5435321406918872773_nWorld Vets ended year 2022 by providing much needed veterinary care to 600 dogs and cats in Cambodia. A small volunteer team of veterinarians, technicians, and assistants delivered free spay-and-neuter surgeries, vaccinations, medical consultations, parasite control, and other veterinary treatments to animals in and around the region of Siem Reap. World Vets partnered with the local organization Paw Patrol to set up clinics in three different pagodas around the city and received valuable financial backing and sponsorship for the campaign from MSD Animal Health.

World Vets is thankful for our partners, sponsors, members, and supporters who play a critical role in enabling World Vets to offer veterinary services to underserved animals and communities around the world. The people of Cambodia came from far and wide, many traveling by scooter and tuk-tuk, to reach our outreach clinics. They were very appreciative to receive care for their beloved pets. We look forward to continuing the important work of providing essential veterinary care to animals in 2023.




Helping Pets from Ukraine

A refugee fleeing the conflict from neighboring Ukraine wipes away tears after seeing a relative at the Romanian-Ukrainian border, in Siret, Romania, on March 7. Andreea Alexandru / AP

A refugee fleeing the conflict from neighboring Ukraine wipes away tears after seeing a relative at the Romanian-Ukrainian border, in Siret, Romania, on March 7. Andreea Alexandru / AP

While the war and crisis in Ukraine continues, thousands of refugees have left their homes and are fleeing to safety in surrounding countries. The situation has displaced hundreds of dogs, cats, and other cherished pets – many in need of food, shelter, and veterinary care.

We know many in World Vets’ community share our concern for the pets and people of Ukraine. World Vets is mobilizing its international aid network and organizing funds and resources to assist pets in need.

Dr. Marty Becker, veterinarian, founder of the “Fear Free” movement, and member of World Vets’ Advisory Board, is heading near the Ukrainian borders of Romania and Moldova to coordinate efforts with our existing local partners in these two countries. Through these partners, World Vets will be providing ongoing free veterinary services to pets from Ukraine that are in need of care.

As World Vets steps in to help, we are asking our supporters to contribute to our efforts. We urge you to join us in this special mission to provide essential veterinary aid and support.


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