I'm a second year veterinary student and the current Western University of Health Science World Vets Student Ambassador. I attended my first World Vets trip Spring Break 2015 in Granada, Nicaragua. My family is originally from Nicaragua and getting the chance to return home to finally make an actual difference in the veterinary world was an incredible life changing opportunity. I got the valuable experience to learn and practice in a stress free environment my new surgical skills. Without World Vets I wouldn't feel as prepared to continue onto 3rd and 4th year clinic rotations in vet school. In addition to helping hundreds of animals in need, I made new incredible friendships and memories that will last a life time.
I'm a vet in Paraguay and this year I got to participate in a training experience and i'm so grateful for it because I had the chance to improve my surgery skills at the same time I learned about clinic and about other vets's profesional experience
My experience with World Vets was amazing and I would recommend it to any pre-vet or vet student, and to any veterinary professional. I'm a pre-vet student and had very limited experience working with animals before my trip to Nicaragua in June of 2015. The teaching environment is very productive and inclusive. All students, regardless of experience, were given innumerous opportunities to help make a sustainable impact on the Grenada animal community. Volunteers not only get amazing hands on experience in the clinic, but also get to see the true impact on community outreach day. My group did a little over 80 surgeries during the clinic and vaccinated over 100 dogs and cats during community outreach day. We also got to work with horses, pigs, and birds while in the community. Volunteering with Worlds Vets is perfect for any student looking to pick up new skills, or for any vet professional looking to put their knowledge to use in an area that really needs their help. For me, World Vets truly jumpstarted my passion for working with animals and my experience is helping motivate me through the rest of my schooling so I can continue to do work like this throughout the rest of my career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.