It’s Seal Pup Season: Marine Mammals Need your Help!

Seal pup season is in full swing in Puget Sound and World Vets needs your help to support veterinary response for marine mammal stranding cases. Since 2017, World Vets has been providing veterinary services for marine mammals in Washington state and summer is our busiest time of year.  To increase our capacity to help these animals, we have recently opened an urgent care unit and 24 hour holding facility at our Washington headquarters.

World Vets works in cooperation with local, state and federal agencies and provides veterinary support to stranding networks in Washington, especially in the south sound. We provide beach response for health assessments and triage, stabilizing treatments, referral to rehab centers, relocation and release when indicated and in-clinic urgent care. We also provide necropsy assistance on animals that have died to help study the health situation of marine mammals.

Our work depends on donations from generous donors like you. Your help will make a big impact for the health of marine mammals

Marine mammals are federally protected and our work is authorized and performed in cooperation with local, state and federal authorities. To report an injured or stranded marine mammal on the West Coast, call the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline at 1-866-767-6114. Do not approach marine mammals and stay back at least 100 yards for viewing.
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2019 Teaching/Training Volunteer Opportunities

While all of World Vets projects provide an enriching volunteer experience, we will have more opportunities available next year, as part of our veterinary field projects, that will allow for teaching/training opportunities for fellow volunteers in relation to performing clinical tasks and duties. These volunteer teaching/training trips will specifically be marked with a graduation cap icon, and can also be found here

The projects marked with a graduation cap icon are ideal for DVM’s and LVT’s that enjoy working with and/or teaching students, and/or those who have participated as instructors on our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program. As part of these projects, veterinary students will also have the chance to perform sterilizations under the direct supervision and guidance of veterinarians; and pre-veterinary and/or veterinary technology students will also receive instruction and practice in performing clinical tasks related, but not limited to, patient prep/induction, monitoring as well as recovery.

Essential veterinary services provided in the Bay Islands, Honduras

World Vets has been working in the Bay Islands of Honduras for well over a decade. Over the years our veterinary teams have provided much needed sterilization services which have in turn helped control the local animal population.

This past month we not only worked in Roatan to facilitate free spay/neuter, but also traveled to the island of Utila. On this particular project we operated a student-style learning trip in a field project setting. Similar to our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program, we operated a low volume clinic where students received one on one instruction and training from DVM and LVT instructors.

Our next small animal project in Roatan is scheduled for this October. We still have volunteer vacancies! Find out more

Donkey Welfare Project Operated in Tanzania

This past month World Vets had a veterinary team in Arusha, Tanzania where we carried out a donkey welfare project. Our volunteers attended to hundreds of local working donkeys. They provided much needed routine veterinary care, in addition to treating wounds, fixing hooves, dental work, and donkey owner education. See more pictures

World Vets IVM Program in Ecuador this Summer!

World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is our official student program. It is a surgical and veterinary training program specifically 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 will participate in a multi-disciplinary veterinary program and cultural experience that not only will enhance their education, but will also give them a broader understanding of international veterinary medicine.

The IVM Program is typically held in Granada, Nicaragua at World Vets Latin America Veterinary Training Center. However, this summer it will be offered in Otavalo, Ecuador! The program will be run by the same great staff and the one on one veterinary training and experience will also be the same. See summer session dates and student vacancies here

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