volunteer abroad

Travel Off the Beaten Path & Help Train Veterinary Professionals

iguazu fallsParaguay, a landlocked country, is considered to be one of the poorest nations in South America as well as the least developed and most isolated. As a result of its seclusion, much assistance for animal welfare and veterinary training of local professionals is limited. To address the scare resources available for animals and the veterinary profession, World Vets operated a pilot project to Asuncion, the capital, in 2013.

asu7World Vets will return to Paraguay October 22 – 29, 2014. The veterinary services that will be provided on this upcoming project include spay/neuter surgery for both owned and un-owned animals, along with other surgical procedures deemed necessary on a case by case basis. Medical consultations may also be provided for parasites, skin conditions in addition to any other health ailments that are presented. Moreover, team members will work alongside and/or provide guidance and instruction to local veterinary asu1professionals.

We are seeking veterinary volunteers that have an interest in working with and mentoring foreign veterinarians as well as traveling to a location off the beaten path. If you speak Spanish and/or have Spanish speaking skills, this would be a great opportunity for you to utilize  and/or practice your language skills.

Volunteers will also have free time to enjoy local and/or national sights such as the famous Iguazu Falls, Jesuit missionary ruins and/or visit handicraft and artisan markets.

Read more about this unique volunteer opportunity here

Recruiting LVT, RVT, CVT’s for South American Projects

EcuN59 editAre you a licensed, registered or certified veterinary technician (or veterinary nurse)? World Vets has exciting volunteer opportunities just for you.

Travel to the Andes or off the beaten path and take part on one of our large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaigns operated in South America! Check out the links below for trip specific information.

Cusco, Peru (August): Read more

1377057_10151610866371671_1999576244_nCusco, Peru (Sept/Oct): Read more

Asuncion, Paraguay (October): Read more

Otavalo, Ecuador (November): Read more

The “LVT/RVT” volunteer category is only open to veterinary technicians that are either licensed, registered and/or certified. The LVT/RVT is responsible for administering, monitoring and managing the pre medication as well as the anesthesia given to surgical patients. In short, they run the pre-med/induction station to prepare patients for surgery.

Successful Clinic Operated in Dominican Republic

DR2014 For the past two years World Vets has been working in the Dominican Republic to address the issue of overpopulation in companion animals. Working alongside local partners, Asociacion de Amigos por los Animales Sosua (AAAS), we recently carried out a successful operative over Memorial Day weekend. On this recent campaign, we provided high volume spay/neuter services in addition to other much needed veterinary care with great results.

We’d like to thank our team of dedicated volunteers, Asociacion de Amigos por los Animales Sosua (AAAS) as well as Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continued support of our efforts in the Dominican Republic.

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.

See pictures from past campaigns

Record Breaking Numbers for Caribbean Pilot Project

N37Last year World Vets received a request for assistance from an animal welfare organization operating on the small Caribbean island of Nevis; a 36 square mile island with only 10,000 local inhabitants located just south of the more famous island St. Kitts. Pet overpopulation was identified as being a major issue for the island’s communities. Given that Nevis is such a small island, World Vets felt compelled to undertake this project as the control and preservation of a healthy animal population is of great importance. For instance, not only 22does it have a huge impact on human health but the overall sustainability of island life as a whole.

To help address issues of health and population control for companion animals on Nevis, World Vets recently operated a pilot project in this location. A pilot project is a location where World Vets has not previously worked or sent a veterinary team. In short, the demand and turn out of animal patients for spay/neuter surgery was incredible. Not only did this campaign break a pilot project record for the total number of surgeries performed, it also outdid our Happyprevious record held on our longstanding small animal project in Ecuador.

We would like to thank CARE Nevis, our volunteer team as well as the local volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this campaign a success and not turn any animal away. We would also like to thank the ministry of agriculture and all of the local island support that was provided to our team and the campaign in general. See pictures

Continual Success: World Vets Small Animal Project in Roatan

140326_3366Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands located off the coast of Honduras in the Caribbean. Even though it may be the largest island of the archipelago, there is still more to be desired in relation to the health services provided for the small animal population. This is in part due to the limited number of practicing veterinarians on the island as well as the local population’s inability to pay for veterinary services.

To address the growing need for accessible veterinary care, World Vets has 140326_2983been sending veterinary teams to Roatan since 2008. Our teams not only provide much needed spay/neuter services to help control the small animal population, they also provide medical consultations, in addition to treatments for common skin issues, parasites and more.

As a result of World Vets and the efforts of our veterinary teams, up to 1000 surgical procedures have been performed and over 140326_28392000 animals have received quality veterinary care. All of which also contributes to the improvement of the overall animal and human health on the island.

We recently had a volunteer veterinary team in Roatan where hundreds of animals received quality veterinary care and services at no cost. We’d like to thank our dedicated volunteers, local partners and island support for the continual success of this small animal project. We also thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of our efforts there. See pictures of our most recent campaign here

Be a World Vets Student Ambassador!

130322_1395Have you volunteered on a World Vets field service project or taken part on our International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program? If this experience positively impacted your life or simply inspired you, we encourage you to consider becoming a World Vets Student Ambassador.

Represent World Vets and promote our volunteer opportunities at your school and amongst your peers. Inquire about student ambassador positions at members@worldvets.org.

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

Recruiting Volunteer Vets for Caribbean Spay/Neuter Project

nevis1Attention VETERINARIANS! We have 2 volunteer positions open for veterinarians on our spay/neuter project in the Caribbean! Join our 14 person team to make a difference for animals on the island of Nevis and have free time to enjoy the island too! This project is scheduled to run March 15 – 22, 2014. See more details here

Nevis, a 36 square mile island, is located in the Caribbean just south of the more famous island St. Kitts. Given Nevis is such a small island, controlling as well as maintaining a healthy animal population is of great importance. Not Nevis2only does it have a huge impact on human health but the overall sustainability of island life as a whole. What presents challenges to controlling the population is that animals roam freely and consequently breed freely, which goes hand in hand with the lack of responsible pet ownership.

To help address issues of health and population control for companion animals on the island, World Vets will carry out a small animal field service project to Nevis in 2014.

2013 Project Spotlight: San Andres Island

Team SAISAI Mar 42 editWith support from Fondation Brigitte Bardot, World Vets sent its first team to San Andres Island in 2012 for a pilot project. Our team’s visit also made history as being the first foreign veterinary brigade to provide free veterinary services on the Island. Before our initial visit and campaign, it had only been Colombian veterinarians from the mainland that provided irregular veterinary relief.    

What prompted our visit and subsequent large scale spay/neuter and preventive health campaign was the request and an invitation from the San Andres Island Department of Health.  They had been urged into action as a result of the worsening plight of its small animal population, consisting of health issues as well as their overpopulation. Given San Andres Island is not very big, it became quite apparent that animal health is not only an animal welfare issue but a concern for public health and safety as well.

This year we scheduled two visits and subsequent veterinary campaigns to aid local efforts in controlling the island’s small animal population as well as tackling disease control and prevention.  Read about one of our success stories from this project here.

We also have an upcoming volunteer opportunity as part of our San Andres Island field service project. Read more about it here and join us in San Andres Island this December!

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