World Vets is responding to Typhoon Haiyan with veterinary supplies, financial support and on the ground teams. Initial support has already been sent to our partners working to help animals in the destruction area and our disaster response teams are mobilizing for immediate deployment.
World Vets Mission is to improve the health and well being of animals by providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and by providing disaster relief worldwide.
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With 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!
World Vets CEO Cathy King receiving an award from UCATSE in Nicaragua
World Vets was recently presented with an award from La Universidad Catolica del Tropico Seco de Esteli (UCATSE), in association with their Agricultural Science Department, in Nicaragua. This award was given in recognition of the invaluable support that we have provided to their students in helping to shape their future as veterinarians.
Since the grand opening of our Latin American Training Center in numerous veterinarians from many different Latin American countries have received quality surgical training at no cost. We have not only had Nicaraguan veterinarians and veterinary students, but participants from Mexico, Guatemala and Peru.
Latin American veterinarian students receiving surgical training at no cost through World Vets.
See our facebook page here for updates and photos of our most recent training sessions.
Do you work at a veterinary practice or are you part of a veterinary faculty at an academic institution? Are you looking for an international volunteer opportunity that you and your colleagues and/or faculty and students can do together?
Starting in 2014, World Vets has a great volunteer opportunity for groups to Granada, Nicaragua.
Read more here.
World Vets volunteer in Peru
World Vets was in Cusco, Peru this past week. In lieu of World Rabies (Sept 28) and World Animal (Oct 4) Day we held a large scale spay/neuter campaign, in addition to providing free rabies vaccinations.
World Vets has been proving quality high volume spay/neuter services in Cusco since 2011. We’d like to thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their ongoing support of this field operative. We also thank our local partners and World Vets team members for another successful campaign!
In a recent TED talk, World Vets CEO Dr Cathy King discusses the worldwide street dog problem and how World Vets is making a difference. It also provides an overview of the scope of World Vets work and programs.
Got 10 minutes? View it here
From May until mid August, World Vets had ten volunteer veterinary professionals deployed on the civil- military mission “Pacific Partnership”. They traveled on board a US Navy ship and provided free veterinary and educational services alongside US Army veterinary personnel. Together we provided services in five South Pacific nations which include Samoa, Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands. As part of the veterinary program, over 6000 animal patients were treated, close to 1000 surgical procedures performed as well as 3000 teaching hours provided to host nation participants.
Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to work by, with and through host and partner nations, non-government organizations and international agencies to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters. World Vets has been the veterinary NGO represented on this mission since 2009.
World Vets volunteers on board a US Navy ship
World Vets Ecuador Team
On our recent visit to Otavalo, Ecuador, a World Vets team provided a large scale spay/neuter campaign with local partners, PAE – Ibarra. We were also joined by a few veterinarians from PAE -Quito who aided our team during the three day campaign. Together our efforts resulted in a record breaking number of surgeries being performed: 268 spay/neuter surgeries.
We thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their ongoing support of our work in Ecuador. We also extend our many thanks to those who volunteered their time and energy on this campaign.
IVM Program sessions have been scheduled for Winter 2013. World Vets members will be receiving an email notification shortly announcing the specific dates for these sessions. Early student registration will follow shortly thereafter for members and then be released on World Vets website for general sign up. Please note that the full program fee amount will be due at the time of registration.
World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is World Vets student program. Operating out of our Latin American Veterinary Training Center in Granada, Nicaragua, it provides international students with an opportunity to gain practical veterinary experience. Students read more here
DVM & LVT/RVT Instructors are also needed for this program. To qualify for an instructor position, you must either be a licensed veterinarian and/or technician and have a minimum of one year clinical experience. Previous teaching experience is not a prerequisite. This is a volunteer opportunity with limited expenses for you.
A World Vets team has just returned after a great adventure to the Atlantic Coast of Guatemala. Following 7 hours of travel, in a van and boat ride from the capital, they arrived in the Rio Dulce region. They provided free veterinary services, a luxury for local cats and dogs, as local services for animals are hard to come by in such an isolated area. Many communities are only accessible by boat making veterinary care a great challenge.
Our team provided a large scale sterilization campaign where 164 surgeries were performed as well as an additional 200 plus health consultations and treatments provided to local animals. We also saw patients at the dock of our accommodations during the evening along the river. In these activities, we were joined by local volunteers and veterinary students from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.
We would like to extend our many thanks and gratitude to our team members and local coordinator, Aska. We would also like to thank CATUR, the local Centro de Salud and municipality of Livingston for all their support in helping make this campaign possible. And finally we would like to thank local businesses and the community of Livingston for their warm welcome.