World Vets

Rating: 4.82 stars   91 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 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  

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

When I signed up for the World Vets IVM trip to Nicaragua I had no idea how incredible it would be. I didn't know a lot about World Vets at the start, but I heard it was a good trip from a friend. I quickly learned how much of an understatement that was. World Vets does an amazing job at making this experience rewarding in so many ways. Not only did we help a community in dire need of veterinary care (which alone made the whole trip a success) but we learned and had a great time doing it, in addition to meeting a truly wonderful group of people. I took home a handful of new surgical skills, the satisfaction of making a difference in foreign community, a lot of stories and memories, and new group of friends from all over the country. I enjoyed the trip and everything I learned about the organization so much that I decided to become a student ambassador in the hopes of spreading the word to new and upcoming vet students so it may enhance their lives and future career as much as it has enhanced mine.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I volunteered as a veterinary technician for World Vets when they came to the GSPCA in St. George's, Grenada in the spring of 2013. It was a fun experience, was nice to spend the day with some great people from the profession and even better it was great to be able to give back to the community. Can't wait to volunteer again!

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

Nothing. So far all of the experiences I have had with World Vets have been positive.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered back in November (2013) with World Vets and was a part of Team Sosua in the Dominican Republic. I cannot even begin the explain the impact World Vets has had on my life. I am an undergrad student pursing veterinary medicine and with extremely high expectations for the trip I came back with those expectations far exceeded. The team lead veterinarian, Dr. Joe Zulty, was fantastic. He had traveled the world and back already and was extremely personable and helpful as well as organized in getting the group together in a very laid back manner. The group went to dinner together nightly and really bonded as a team. Everyone in the group got along because we were all so like minded and there for the animals. I have remained in contact with all the team members and am happy to say they will be lifelong friends. The clinic was set up in an open area/field next to an all-girls school off the side of a main road. We worked with AAAS which was a good segway for communicating with the locals and setting up the clinic site. I acted as one of the technicians for the clinic days; having accumulated about 400 volunteer hours at a clinic in Idaho I had seen IV catheters and trach tubes put in multiple times, I had seen surgery preparation and administration of vaccinations, and had seen countless surgeries. However, when in the Dominican Republic volunteering with World Vets I was able to DO all these things. I pre-medicated the dogs and cats, placed IV catheters, trach tubes, and prepped/sterilized the animals for surgeries. I even participated in two surgeries with one of the amazing doctors on the trip, Dr. Leslie Johnson. This experience at the age of 20 was phenomenal. Beyond the immediate hands-on veterinary experience I was able to work with another smaller organization in the area for one of the mornings when we not at the clinic. Dogs and Cats of the DR took some of the team on a tour of the barrios and poorer areas of the Dominican Republic and fed, de-wormed, and loved the locals' dogs and cats. This was special because their organizations entire idea is that if dogs and cats look healthy and happy they will be treated better and cared for.
Beyond the clinical days, the team had a lot of fun. We went to beaches, multiple restaurants, on a waterfall jumping adventure, and on a tour of the countryside of the DR.
When I say WV impacted my life, I mean it. I ended up coming home with an abandoned puppy left for dead in a sugarcane field miles from any humans or help. Dogs are dumped all the time in situations like this, but this little dog was smart enough to chase down our tour bus during one of our excursions. The poor little guy was in bad shape...he was dehydrated, covered in fleas, ticks, and little wounds. He was barely three pounds and about 4 weeks old. He would not have survived much longer in the sugarcane fields. He became the team mascot and went to the clinic with us daily as well as breakfasts each morning at our hotel. Now named Dominico, or Nico, this lucky little pup is living safe and sound with me in Moscow, Idaho. He is my hiking partner and has traveled all over Idaho, Washington, and Utah with me. He is spoiled beyond belief and turned out to be a 50 pound lab mix instead of the Chihuahua as previously thought. Nico is a daily reminder of the difference World Vets is making for animals around the world. I cannot wait to continue volunteering with World Vets now, in vet school, and as a veterinarian in the future. I cannot speak highly enough of WV. Looking forward to World Vets Team Cusco, Peru in August of 2014!!

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

I would not change a thing. Everything was organized, well run, and perfect.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in the World Vets IVM Program in Nicaragua in December 2013 and it was one of the most meaningful and enjoyable experiences I've ever had. Not only did I make new friends and hone my veterinary skills, but I was able to help a community of people and their animals who really needed it. The IVM programs and the work of the Nicaraguan vets have made a tangible difference in the city of Granada. There are fewer stray animals and the work horses seen throughout the city are healthier and more robust than they've ever been. Two aspects of the World Vets organization that I find not only admirable but also crucial is their focus on client education and the concept of one health. By educating clients about maintaining healthy work animals not only does the animal feel better and live longer, but the people who work with them have a more robust animal who can better help them with their work. In this way, the whole community is improved.
I would certainly recommend this trip to anyone and encourage them to participate. Everyone on the team including undergraduate students, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, and veterinarians all have something to gain from this experience and also all have something to give. I participate in another World Vets trip as soon as I can.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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