A True Island Effort: Colombian Military working alongside World Vets

For the last few years World Vets has been partnering with the Department of Health on San Andres Island to help control the small animal population through spay/neuter.

During these campaigns, we are also joined by members of the Colombian military who assist our teams in transporting dogs, providing crowd control and other tasks involved with the clinic.  We just recently completed a large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaign which resulted in close to 200 surgeries being performed.

We’d like to thank all of our local partners for a true island effort as well as our volunteers and Fondation Brigitte Bardot who help make this project possible.  We have another campaign scheduled in San Andres Island December 1 – 8, 2014. Volunteer opportunities on this project coming soon!

World Vets Bosnia-Herzegovina Flood Response

This 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 Vets 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 suffering 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 help World Vets with efforts, please donate here.

Local Non Profit Responding to Flood Disaster in Bosnia

Image: Reuters

Massive flooding in Bosnia and Serbia has left millions of animals and people in a dire situation and in desperate need for help.  World Vets, a Fargo based non profit, is deploying to the region to provide support for animals that have been impacted by this disaster.  Thousands of animals have died from the immediate impact of the floods, but many more livestock and companion animals require urgent assistance. 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.  We depend on your help to provide life saving support for these animals.

Image: Reuters

MISSION STATEMENT: 

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.

Thanks to the Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support in the development of our disaster response program.


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: http://www.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.”

 

World Vets is a Finalist for the Classy Awards!

World Vets is honored to be a finalist for the Classy Awards, which are presented in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. The awards recognize “the most significant achievements in the social sector worldwide”. Over 3600 organizations worldwide were evaluated as part of the comprehensive yearlong discovery process. World Vets was recently announced as a Top 5 Finalist!

The winner will be announced onstage May 3rd in San Diego at the Classy Awards.

Last 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 does 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 previous 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.

Continual Success: World Vets Small Animal Project in Roatan

Roatan 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 been 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 2000 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

Introducing Event Registries to Support our Work

 

Now you can make World Vets a part of your special day!

Are you looking for a way to help animals in need? Register an event with World Vets and invite your family and friends to consider an online donation in your honor. This is perfect for animal lovers celebrating a birthday, an upcoming wedding or anniversary!  Register event here

Generous child donates her tooth fairy money to World Vets!

Recently World Vets received a donation with a very kind letter from Clara B.  Clara generously donated all of her tooth fairy money to World Vets to “help animals and people”.  What a kind gesture from this young future veterinarian!

World Vets will make sure the donation goes directly to help an animal in need very soon! We are grateful for the kindness Clara shared and wish her luck with her dream of becoming a vet – we think she will be a great one!

World Vets Welcomes New Partnership with Fellow Fargo-Based Company

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

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

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.