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Couple Makes World Vets a Part of Their Big Day

Lainey & Aron

California newlyweds, Aron Cooperman & Lainey Hu share a love for animals.  Lainey is a veterinarian at Kirkwood Animal Hospital and Aron is an engineer and professional photographer at Open Light Photo.  Together they live in San Jose with their Australian Kelpies, Dally and Cricket (pictured above).  For their big day they asked friends & family to contribute to World Vets and help animals in need around the globe!

The generous pair had a destination wedding in Ambergris Caye, Belize and plan to celebrate with a stateside reception in July of 2015.  Lainey explained that for their big day, she and Aron wanted to give back while encouraging their wedding guests to do the same.  “World Vets is an organization that not only helps more unfortunate countries, but also incorporates teaching students, doctors and technicians alike,” Lainey said of choosing World Vets as a donation recipient.  “It just made sense.”

Lainey began her involvement with World Vets in 2013, when she participated in an Equine project that provided aid to horses in Granada, Nicaragua.  “What better way to see the world and do something more than just sightseeing,” she said of her volunteer experience.  So far, friends & family of Aron and Lainey have raised over $400 in honor of the couple.  All funds raised by this event directly benefits World Vets and goes towards the care of animals that would otherwise have no access to life-saving treatment.

The World Vets team is honored that Aron and Lainey made us a part of their special day. We would like to congratulate them on their recent marriage and thank them for their continued support of World Vets’ mission to improve the health and well being of animals worldwide.

Event Registry QuoteInviting friends & family to donate in your honor is a wonderful way of supporting the work that we do.  World Vets’ Event Registries are not just for weddings.  You can register any upcoming event, including graduations and birthdays!  To make World Vets a part of your special day, click HERE!

World Vets Teams to Deploy on Civil-Military Missions

For the past six years World Vets has been the veterinary non-governmental organization (NGO) represented on two U.S. Navy led humanitarian aid missions: Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise. These missions provide medical, dental and veterinary coverage to host nations in South East Asia and the Pacific as well as the Caribbean and Central and South America, respectively.

World Vets helps accomplish mission objectives by contributing veterinary manpower and skills through its veterinary personnel deployed. This year we will have teams on board both Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise. They will live on-board a hospital ship and provide veterinary services onshore in host nations. As part of these efforts, our volunteers not only provide direct veterinary care, but capacity building and training, which benefit local animal health care professionals, in addition to communities.

What’s more, World Vets is also sending donation pallets on board both ships! One is bound for the Philippines carrying veterinary textbooks to benefit a veterinary school in Cebu, and the other to Nicaragua.

See pictures from past missions

Volunteer Registration to Close for March Opportunities!

Select volunteer positions are still open on some of our upcoming opportunities in March. If you have been considering joining a team, volunteer registration will close next month!

For students looking to get surgical or clinical experience over their spring break, our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is the perfect fit. Spring session dates with availability are:  March 21 – 28, 2015.

We also have opportunities for students, as well as vets and techs on veterinary field projects to Roatan, Honduras and Charlestown, Nevis. Both are small animal, spay/neuter, projects.

Two Teams Return from Campaigns in South America

Team Peru

Team Peru

Team Ecuador

Team Ecuador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have just had two great teams complete campaigns in South America! Both provided free veterinary services, including spay/neuter as well as health consultations and treatments. Such services benefited companion animals in Ecuador and Peru respectively.

We`d like to thank World Vets volunteers on both teams for an outstanding effort as well as our local partners, participating muncipalities, in addition to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of these life changing campaigns.

 

Become a Member, Make a Difference!

 

memberBecome a Member and make a difference!  It’s easy, affordable, and an effective way to support animals in need around the globe.

All World Vets members enjoy the following benefits:

  • All members receive a subscription to the World Vets E-Newsletter.
  • All members 18 and older are eligible to volunteer on field service projects.
  • All members receive the opportunity to register for projects before they are advertised to the general public.

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World Vets Bosnia-Herzegovina Flood Response

Photo May 30, 5 03 01 AMThis past month we reported on the massive flooding that devastated the small European country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, among its neighbors Croatia and Serbia. This flood crisis has left millions of animals and people in a dire situation and in desperate need for help. Thousands of animals died from the immediate impact of the floods, however many more livestock and companion animals were left requiring urgent assistance.

To provide support for animals that had been impacted, World 1799967_10204182702597735_3699238074989041961_oVets deployed to the region. Our disaster response personnel worked in collaboration with the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Sarajevo and government officials to identify needs and get help where it is needed. Together we conducted country-wide assessments that identified animal concerns as well as supplies and equipment needed to help them.  Bosnia-Herzegovina has many very capable veterinarians but many of the  local veterinary clinics had been inundated with water and their medicines and supplies were destroyed giving an urgent need for relief supplies.  Many family run farms lost their entire stock and animals that had survived moved to higher grounds. Surviving animals were Photo May 30, 6 39 56 AMsuffering from a variety of conditions including pneumonia, infections and skin problems resulting from displacement, lack of available provisions and overall wet conditions.

Based on the regional needs that were identified, we sent a shipment of veterinary supplies and equipment valued at over $10,000 USD to aid in the relief efforts as they relate to animals.  These include herd health and public health issues, zoonotic disease prevention as well as direct animal care.

Animals are often not the primary focus during massive disasters and World Vets is committed to bridging this gap and helping them during their greatest time of need. If you wish to aid our disaster response efforts, please donate.

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World Vets brings veterinary services to the “End of the World”

PG1Punta Gorda, often referred to as the “end of the world” by local inhabitants was the most recent location to benefit from World Vets assistance. As implied by its nickname, Punta Gorda, the southern most town in the country of Belize, very much feels disconnected, forgotten and lived a part from the rest of the country.

One of the major issues concerning animal welfare and health in the region relates to the inability of pet owners to pay for veterinary services. Consequently, the town has been PG34experiencing an exponential growth in the small animal population, in addition to the number of roaming and feral animals.

To help improve the lives of animals at the “end of the world”, World Vets carried out a small animal field service project in collaboration with the newly initiated local humane society.Together we provided, a very successful and first ever, large scale spay/neuter and animal health service campaign. What’s more, all services were provided at no cost to local pet owners.

We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, all of the local support received as well as Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual sponsorship of our animal welfare efforts.

World Vets Wins Prestigious Honor at Largest Social Impact Awards in the Country

United Nations Foundation and Classy Awards Honor World Vets

FARGO, North Dakota, May 8, 2014 -The CLASSY Awards, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, announced eight Winners live on stage this past weekend at the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards Ceremony. More than 3,600 programs worldwide were evaluated during a yearlong research process. The Winners were selected by the Leadership Council, a prestigious board of 100+ leaders and experts in the social sector.

The Ceremony featured co-hosts Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the United Nations Foundation and Kenna, Founder of Summit on the Summit and Grammy-Nominated Musician, along with 12 influential speakers.

“All of the organizations participating in the CLASSY Awards are big thinkers and bold leaders,” said Elizabeth Gore, this year’s co-host of the CLASSY Awards and Entrepreneur–in-Residence at the United Nations Foundation. “The winners recognized on stage are implementing creative new solutions, taking risks and leveraging best practices to guide their strategies. The United Nations Foundation recognizes their leadership and we are proud to support their efforts in driving significant social progress moving forward.”

“We are very honored to win this prestigious award,” said Dr. Cathy King, CEO and Founder of World Vets. “Being recognized for the work that we do to help animals and improve veterinary care in resource poor areas of the world is a great validation for the nearly 4000 dedicated veterinary professionals who volunteer with our organization and for those who have believed in and supported us over the years.”

This year’s CLASSY Awards Winners:

  • Active Duty & Veterans Services: The Mission Continues
  • Animal & Wildlife Welfare: World Vets
  • Disaster Relief & Public Safety International Medical Corps
  • Educational Advancement: Project Lead the Way
  • Environmental Protection: Climate Action Reserve
  • Health Services: Jhpiego
  • Human Rights & Social Justice: Immigration Equality
  • Poverty & Hunger Relief: Action Against Hunger

Founded in 2006, World Vets has become one of the largest veterinary aid organizations in the world, providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and animal disaster relief services worldwide. World Vets has programs in 39 countries on 6 continents that provide aid for companion animals, livestock, horses and street dogs. World Vets is also the veterinary NGO that deploys with the US Military on hospital ship-based humanitarian aid missions to Latin America and the Asia Pacific Region. For more information please visit: https://worldvets.org

“Our global social landscape is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and bold solutions are needed to address new and existing challenges,” said Pat Walsh, Co-Founder of the CLASSY Awards. “The winners awarded with a CLASSY this year are driving significant progress in the 8 major cause sectors, and their work deserves recognition. We are honored to be able to shine a spotlight on their successes.”

Recruiting Volunteers for One Health Project

131113_0793ATTENTION prospective volunteers! We are currently recruiting veterinarians and a licensed technician on an upcoming One Health field service project in the Caribbean! Join our team to make a difference in lives of animals in San Andres Island and have free time to enjoy the island too! This project is scheduled to run July 26 – August 2, 2014. See more details here

World Vets has been working with the San Andres Island Department of Health since 2012. Together we are bringing SAI Team Beach editmuch needed veterinary services to the small animal population and in turn improving the overall public health on the island. Our large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaigns target both roaming and owned animals.

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Recruiting Volunteers for Caribbean Spay/Neuter Project

SONY DSCATTENTION prospective volunteers! We are currently recruiting veterinarians and a licensed technician on an upcoming spay/neuter project in the Caribbean! Join our team to make a difference for animals in the Dominican Republic and have free time to enjoy the island too! This project is scheduled to run May 20 – 27, 2014. See more details here

World Vets has been working in the Dominican Republic since 2011 to tackle SONY DSCsuch issues as pet overpopulation. Our efforts have consisted of providing assistance through spay/neuter training, large scale sterilization campaigns as well as product donations.  As a result of these efforts hundreds of animals have received free spay/neuter surgeries as well as quality veterinary care. All of which has contributed to the overall improvement of animal health and responsible pet ownership in the area.

See pictures from past campaigns

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