World Vets, established in 2001, is an international veterinary aid organization based in Gig Harbor, Washington. With programs spanning over 50 countries on six continents, World Vets works to bring veterinary services to underserved areas of the world by providing direct veterinary care to animals, disaster response services for major international disasters, veterinary training and education programs and long-term capacity building that improves the lives of animals, people and the communities in which they live. Our programs benefit a wide variety of animals on a global scale, including companion animals, working horses, livestock, wildlife and street dogs. In the Pacific Northwest, World Vets work focuses on improving the health and welfare of marine wildlife by responding to injured or stranded marine mammals, and working to advance scientific knowledge and understanding to help protect and conserve the regions critical marine ecosystems.World Vets recognizes the importance of the One Health concept in which health of humans, animals and their ecosystems are inextricably linked.  Our programs help not only animals, but also people and the communities in which they live.

World Vets is able to improve the lives of tens of thousands of animals each year by providing free veterinary care through our dedicated volunteer force of over 4,000 individuals combined with financial support and in-kind donations.

Our volunteers have a wide range of skill, expertise and experience. Our volunteer force is comprised of veterinarians, licensed and non licensed technicians, pre veterinary, veterinary and technician students, as well as those who are simply animal lovers.  All our volunteers are passionate about helping animals and the desire to make a difference.

Highlights of over two decades of work:

1. Veterinary Field Service Programs

  • Small Animal spay/neuter and medical treatments
  • Equine and Donkey Welfare
  • Livestock and Animal Husbandry
  • Advancing scientific knowledge as it relates to veterinary issues in developing countries

2. Disaster Response Program

3. Marine Mammal Rescue and Response

4. Training Programs

5. Civil-Military Humanitarian Aid

Our programs have spanned  50+ countries on 6 continents. We work in partnership with animal welfare groups, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, agriculture and public health officials, as well as, a wide variety of veterinary professionals in the countries where we provide service.


World Vets Mission is to improve the quality of life of animals, people and the environments in which they live by providing veterinary services, education, training and emergency response worldwide including work on companion animals, equids, livestock, wildlife and marine animals.


World Vets vision is to create a world where all animals have access to skilled veterinary care.


At the core of World Vets’ values is the belief that all animals deserve kindness and compassion. Although World Vets’ programs often focus on improving the lives of large populations of animals on a global-scale, we never lose sight of how critically important it is to provide a profound level of kindness and excellent care to each individual animal.  World Vets also believes strongly in the One Health concept in which the health of animals, people and the environment are inextricably connected to one another and thus we strive to not only help animals but also people and the communities in which they live.

World Vets exists to improve the lives of animals worldwide. We get things done with minimal bureaucracy and maximum impact. We value collaboration and partnerships with local partners to maximize efforts to improve animal welfare on a global scale. World Vets’ staff thrives in a dynamic and ever-changing environment and understands that growth and improvement require adaptability, flexibility, and innovation. We recognize and embrace diversity and cultural differences.  World Vets operates with a high level of integrity and we always strive to do the right thing and be true to our word.


World Vets responds to challenging, urgent or emerging animal situations around the globe.  Working together with local stakeholders and communities, we respond to bring about positive change for animals, people and the places the places they call home.

Build the capacity of developing nation partner organizations to provide veterinary services through professional collaborations, service projects and product donations.

Facilitate opportunities for veterinary professionals to volunteers their skills and expertise for the benefit of underserved populations of animals in developing countries.

Provide training and educational opportunities in developing countries for veterinarians and students in the veterinary field while inspiring a desire to help less fortunate animals.

Contribute to the scientific understanding of veterinary issues impacting animals in developing countries.

Provide disaster relief worldwide in situations where animals are impacted