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World Vets

Rating: 4.83 stars   93 reviews 12,986

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

802 1st Ave N Fargo ND 58102 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

World Vets is able to improve the lives of thousands of animals each year by providing free veterinary care. Our programs span 42 countries on 6 continents. Since being founded in 2006, World Vets has provided direct care to 123,649 animals in need.

Target demographics:

the most vulnerable population of animals

Direct beneficiaries per year:

18,182 animals

Geographic areas served:

Worldwide-primarily developing countries

Programs:

spay/neuter programs, horse and donkey welfare programs, disaster response, improving health of livestock, etc. We also have a partnership with the US Navy in which we are the veterinary organization providing civilian veterinary support for US Military humanitarian aid programs. Our programs all strive to have a One Health focus (One World, One Medicine, One Health).

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a veterinary student with a focus on working equid medicine in developing countries. While in Granada, Nicaragua last year, I had the privilege of touring World Vet's Latin American Veterinary Training Center and was so impressed by the sustainability of their impact on that community. This past summer I returned to Nicaragua to participate in their IVM training program. Not only did I get amazing hands on experience with small animal sterilization surgeries, but I also got to help the equine community on our outreach day. My favorite aspect of this particular trip, is that it allows participants to get a mix of equine and small animal medicine experience. I would recommend this as an invaluable experience for any veterinary or pre-veterinary student.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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World Vets staff cares about giving animals the best care possible. These people give up their lives to educate the people of developing nations about veterinary medicine. The veterinary medicine is held to the same standard of care that you can find in any hospital in a developed country. And these people do it with a smile and a laugh. Through this opportunity veterinary students from all countries as well as pre-vet and technician students can also learn how to practice high quality veterinary medicine. Through this trip I learned not only surgical and clinical skills that I will keep with me throughout my career, but also about my passion for veterinary medicine and the amazing people who work in this field and share my passion for animals.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The company I work for, dogIDs, has been a proud supporter of WorldVets for over a year now. Our customers love their story and feel strongly about supporting them.

The work they are doing overseas is not only helping animals in need, but helping those that work with the animals to lead a better life. Proud to have them be from our hometown of Fargo, ND!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I had planned on participating in the World Vets IVM Program since before I even got into vet school, and after finally having completed the program, I can say it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only has it prepared me for Junior Surgery Lab, it was so incredibly rewarding to make a difference in the lives of the animals in Granada and their owners.

 
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I decided to do one of the IVM summer programs to gain surgical experience before starting our surgery rotations at school and I've got to say it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only did I get to practice different surgical approaches, I also got experience in monitoring anesthesia, catheter placement, intubations, vaccinations, hoof trimmings on horses, and so much more. Besides all of this, I think the program helps you build confidence. The clinic environment is not stressful at all, there are always technicians willing to help you in case you encounter any problems at any time during the surgery, and all of the veterinarians I got to work under were so patient and such great teachers and mentors. Besides all this, we also got some down time to explore the city and WVs also had great activities planned for us. Overall I would greatly recommend this to anyone interested in gaining surgical experience and making a difference around the world.

 
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I volunteered as a vet student with World Vets with the International Veterinary Medicine Student Volunteer Program in Granada, Nicaragua. I signed up primarily to get more hands-on surgical experience, but the program was so much more than that. I had the opportunity to work with veterinarians, students, and technicians from around the world and to learn different approaches to medicine and surgery. I received one-on-one instruction in a low-stress environment that promoted teamwork, as well as a sense of accomplishment for the surgeries and medical care provided for the local community. The cultural aspect was amazing, and I loved going out into the community meet and work directly with animals and their owners. World Vets is a great organization that I look forward to being involved with throughout my career as a veterinarian!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I was participating the summer IVM program. I met one of the most amazing team and saw the work that they put in for improving the health of local animals. I learned some amazing surgical techniques through the different veterinarians and gained hands on experience with the horses.

 
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I participated in the IVM Summer Training Session and had one of the best experiences of my veterinary training thus far. Everyone at the center has so much to teach each student, and the veterinarians that volunteer bring even more for you to learn. Not only do you get hands on experience with different surgical techniques, you are able to gain skills with anesthesia monitoring, physical exams, equine dental floating, and so much more! Along with all of this, you are working with students from all over the US and have the opportunity to learn with everyone’s different backgrounds. I recommend this program to anyone in the veterinary field, what you are able to bring to these communities means so much to the people you help, and allows you to make a big difference even in just one week.

 
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I loved every minute of my second World Vets IVM trip to Granada, Nicaragua this winter. As a vet student it is such an amazing opportunity to learn spay/neuter and physical exam technique from multiple veterinarians in a supportive and fun environment.

Both of my trips with World Vets have been packed with so much practical education in a relatively short amount of time. I felt more confident and competent after a day of hands-on training than weeks spent in a classroom can afford. I personally love the surgical aspect of the IVM trips, but the outreach days were so fulfilling because we could see the impact that we were having on the community. As a return volunteer, I saw animals and owners who I had met a year previously, which was so surprising and exciting.

The city of Granada is such a vibrant place and I felt so welcome the whole time I was there. We had the opportunity to practice our Spanish during a lesson with a language school, and the locals were very accommodating with our attempts to practice our Spanish with them.

I already hope to be able to impact the lives of future vet students (as the veterinary instructors have impacted mine) by returning to Granada as a veterinarian. I really feel like World Vets has opened my eyes to the wonders of international travel, veterinary service trips, and the point where those two things meet.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have loved if more time was spent in the clinic and on outreach, and less time spend as a tourist. But that is a minor detail, considering how much I love the city.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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2 people found this review helpful

WorldVets brings together education and outreach in a way that helps veterinary students develop both clinically and personally in an environment that many of us would not have the chance to visit otherwise.

In December 2013 I went to the World Vets Central American Training Center in Granada, Nicaragua during winter break of my second year in vet school. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn valuable skills in such a confidence-boosting, education focused environment. I felt like each veterinarian, both North American and Nicaraguan, brought different teaching styles and goals to the surgical table, allowing us as student-surgeons to learn so much more than just how to spay or neuter a companion animal. I learned so much from my fellow students as well; the mixture of classes and experience levels meant that there was always someone to teach you something new. I've since participated in similar projects with different organizations stateside, and nothing can compare to the way that WorldVets balances the needs of participants with the needs of recipients of aid. Cheers to World Vets for giving me a newfound appreciation for travel, outreach, and the importance of general practitioners in this increasingly specialized field.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spend even more time doing spays/neuters or outreach. I loved the chance to be a tourist in Nicaragua, but I would have gladly given up free time for the opportunity to help more and learn more.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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4 people found this review helpful

World Vets is one of the few organizations that performs and acts rather than seeking publicity. Their work all over the world is important and very much needed. They have an international volunteer network that is loyal. They also train people in how to repond to disasters. There is no organization that deserves your support and admiration.

 
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