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World Vets Welcomes New Partnership

DogsIDSdogWorld Vets is excited to announce our new partnership with fellow Fargo-based company dogIDs.

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dogIDs, a family run business, specializes in high – quality dog ID tags and personalized dog collars. They also customize dog leashes, harnesses, apparel and much more. See their full product line here

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We look forward to this new venture and are proud to be partnering with an organization that guarantees high quality and safe products for pets.

 

Thank you for your support on Giving Hearts Day

World Vets would like to THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON GIVING HEARTS DAY. We raised over $8,000 in 24 hrs to help provide aid to animals who would otherwise have no care! We will have results soon on if we received donations from the most U.S. states, which would provide us with an additional $500 in funds. Your gift is already at work making a difference. We are grateful to have such compassionate and caring supporters. Thank you! Love, the World Vets Team.

If you did not make it in time to donate on GHD and want to make a contribution, you may still donate to our general donation page here!

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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.

Giving Hearts Day! Donate and double your Impact!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday is Giving Hearts Day, a 24 hour Give-A-Thon!  With your help, World Vets can raise a tremendous amount of financial support to benefit our mission. Today only the first $4000 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.

To make a secure online contribution to World Vets and have your donation matched, simply go to impactgiveback.org on February 13. This is a one-day only opportunity to multiply the benefit of your gift!

Giving Hearts Day was started in 2008 by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation as the region’s first one-day ‘virtual’ fundraising event.

World Vets Team Returns from One Health Project

A roaming dog takes a nap in the sand amongst tourists and beach goers on San Andres Island

A roaming dog takes a nap in the sand amongst tourists and beach goers on San Andres Island

World Vets has been working with the San Andres Island Department of Health since 2012. Together we bring much needed veterinary services to the small animal population and in turn improve the overall public health on the island.

In December we had a veterinary team carry out a large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaign. Our veterinary services  target both roaming and owned animals on the island.

We would like to thank our local partners, volunteers and Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of this One Health concept project.

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World Vets Welcomes Dr Marty Becker to Advisory Board

dr-marty-beckerWorld Vets is excited to announce that Dr Marty Barker has joined World Vets as a member of our Advisory Board. Dr  Becker is the author of 22 books that have sold over 7 million copies combined, with three New York Times best-sellers including “Chicken Soup for the Pet-Lovers Soul.” He was the resident veterinarian on Good Morning America for 17 years and is a founding member of Core Team Oz for the Dr Oz Show. Animal Radio hosts him monthly as their Chief Veterinary Correspondent and he is a regular contributor to several well-know publications. Dr Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them.

Dr Becker is an adjunct professor at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He has lectured at every veterinary school in the United States, serves on numerous boards and is a strong supporter of many local rescue groups. When his schedule allows, he also practices at Lakewood Animal Hospital and North Idaho Animal hospital.

World Vets is excited to welcome Dr Becker to our organization as we pursue our mission of bringing veterinary aid to developing countries and disaster relief services worldwide.

World Vets Impact on Pets Affected by Midwest Tornado

Earlier last month World Vets covered the story of `Maggie`, a dog that went missing and was then discovered, after a devastating tornado in the American Midwest.  Upon hearing of the disaster World Vets pledged financial support to Teegarden Veterinary Clinic who helped pets like Maggie and pets belonging to owners who were in a hardship situation because of the disaster.

We are very happy to share that our financial contribution directly impacted many pets at this clinic be treated and recover from their injuries. Aside from `Maggie`, other patients were `Dexter` and a cat named`Stewart`. `Stewart`s` family had been looking for him after the tornado destroyed their home and ten days later they called the clinic to report he had been found. He was soon brought in to receive attention.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our disaster response fund this year. As Sarah Ripper, CVT, from Teegarden Veterinary Clinic has told us, `being able to tell owners they don`t have to worry about the cost of treatment has been a real blessing for us and our owners`

 

 

 

A Brand New Beginning for “Nico”

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World Vets volunteer, Jenny Shilling, holds “Nico” during our Dominican Republic field operative

The international field service projects that World Vets operates have the potential to positively impact the lives of our volunteers and most importantly the animals they travel to treat. On our most recent field operative in the Dominican Republic, the experience of one volunteer, Jenny Shilling, demonstrates this perfectly.

Before veterinary services started, World Vets team was taken on a “community outreach” tour. This tour highlighted the communities and subsequently the animals that our local partners aid in Sosua and its surrounding areas. Upon driving through an abandoned sugar cane field, they spotted a dead-looking puppy on the side of the path. Before they knew it, the dog sprang up and started chasing down their vehicle as fast as his little puppy feet would go. They stopped and scooped him up.

He was a mess; a scrappy, flea covered, tick covered, extremely dehydrated, shaking

"Nico" gets his picture taken with Santa

“Nico” gets his picture taken with Santa

mess. He had self-inflicted bloody flea infested wounds all over his head, neck, and back as he had frantically tried to scratch the fleas off.

Without hesitating, they wrapped him in a jacket and once back at their accommodations began treating him. After a dose of capstar, two flea baths, picking ticks out of his ears for over an hour, lots of water and food he looked like a totally different dog.

Shortly thereafter, he became the team mascot; staying at team accommodations, eating breakfast with everyone and even accompanying them to the clinic every day where everyone involved loved him unconditionally.

He has since been named “Dominico” or “Nico” for short and has been relocated with Jenny in the United States.

The abandoned sugar cane field is sadly a local dumping site for unwanted puppies. With the 375 sterilizations that World Vets provided in Sosua this year, we have helped to significantly reduce the number of undesired litters in and around this community. And as Jenny states, “This made the work the team did in the Dominican Republic even more rewarding knowing that even one less puppy would be dumped due to sterilization made the entire World Vets mission even more apparent.”

We thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of our spay/neuter operatives in the Dominican Republic

 

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