New Horizons 2019 | Guyana

Jul 1-31, 2019
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Livestock

New Horizons is a civil-military humanitarian aid mission sponsored by US Southern Command, and is jointly carried out with foreign military humanitarian and civic assistance exercises.

World Vets will recruit a small veterinary team to contribute veterinary manpower and skills to accomplish the veterinary objectives of the mission. Our team will work alongside, and in collaboration with, US Army vets and techs as well as local government officials and animal health care professionals in the host nation of Guyana.

IMPORTANT: This is a veterinary expedition-style mission that is based “on the ground” for the duration of the event. There is no Navy ship involved.


Who can volunteer on World Vets team?

Volunteer positions on World Vets veterinary team are only open to:

  • Those who are World Vets members and have previously volunteered with our organization
  • Veterinarians and veterinary technicians licensed to practice within the USA and/or Canada*
  • Those who can commit for the entire duration of the veterinary expedition (i.e. 12 days, not including travel time)

*Qualified veterinarians and/or veterinary nurses from the UK, Australia and/or New Zealand are also eligible, however may only be considered if they have a volunteer track record with World Vets

An ideal candidate has education in addition to experience relating to both large and small animals, public health, animal husbandry, zoonotic diseases, production and nutrition as well as sterilization surgery. Team members should also be capable of speaking/giving presentations and/or hands on instruction to host nation partners on specific veterinary related topics and/or activities.

Before expressing an interest, please read Volunteer Responsibilities for civil – military missions.

To be considered for a position on World Vets team, please write to  (Subject Titled: New Horizons 2019) and include the following;

  1. Copy of CV/resume (to include past World Vets volunteer service)
  2. Copy of active veterinary license

Please note: World Vets volunteers will not receive veterinary training and/or instruction as part of this mission – host nation partners will be the recipients of any such support by our team. As a result, applicants must be interested in being mentors and/or providing training and instruction to host nation beneficiaries. We do not have volunteer opportunities for students as part of this mission.

What will I be doing?

World Vets team members work alongside US Army veterinarians and technicians as well as individuals from government institutions that are responsible for animal health and veterinary matters in host nations.

Prospective volunteers can expect to work with both small and large animals; to provide direct veterinary aid such as vaccinations, deworming and other preventative health treatments; to prepare and provide presentations and/or lectures relating to veterinary related topics of interest; provide capacity building and hands on instruction to local host partners in a variety of veterinary related tasks; advise and/or provide guidance in relation to public health, animal husbandry, production and nutrition and/or zoonotic diseases.

Anticipated veterinary work and/or issues to be addressed in Guyana:

Wellness clinics and pet education, poultry farm visits and best practices for poultry health, as well as TB affecting livestock.

How much will it cost?

There is a registration fee of $450 USD per participant.

This includes: Volunteer kit containing World Vets gear ( i.e. uniform shirts, polo and scrub top, name tag, baseball hat, etc), processing and postage fees as well as pre-trip planning and coordination and full participation in the expedition.

This does not include: International airfare, health and/or travel insurance, any required vaccinations (if applicable), World Vets membership fee, lodging, meals, incidentals and/or anything not specifically outlined as included.

Volunteers are also responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required of them to enter/exit the host nation of Guyana (i.e a passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from the initial date of departure, visa if applicable).


Prospective team members must have a flexible schedule as dates and details are subject to change either before and/or while the mission is underway. Many such circumstances are out of our control, however we do our best to prepare the volunteers before their deployment.

For safety and security reasons we cannot post specific locations and/or dates. This information will only be shared with those who apply and are selected for a position on World Vets team.


Volunteers will be responsible for booking/providing their own accommodations. Recommendations for lodging in the mission location may be provided to those who are selected to be part of World Vets team.

General Packing List

*This packing list is geared towards our regular field service opportunities to tropical destinations


  • Shoes (Keen, Teva, tennis shoes, anything comfortable, preferably washable and w/ covered toes)
  • T-shirts/Short sleeved shirts
  • Shorts (shorts are ok for surgery)
  • Scrub Pants (optional)
  • World Vets scrub top
  • Swimsuit
  • Light Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Bandana/hat
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Headlamp (Highly recommended for vets and students, optional but recommended for others)
  • Camera (w/ extra batteries and memory card)
  • Daypack or tote
  • Travel Alarm
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  •  Shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
  • Comb/brush
  • Soap
  • Band-Aids
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Beach Towel
  • Ear Plugs
  • Flip Flops/Shower shoes
  • Small travel flashlight
  • Laptop (most destinations have WiFi although not very reliable)

Air Mattress (If applicable)

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