WORLD VETS

Rating: 4.82 stars   87 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).
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

World Vets veterinary clinic in Livingston on 11-June 13.
Together with the hotel owners, local community authorities and the animal lovers we were desperately seeking aid for stray dogs on our town. The situation was bad with lots of sick stray dogs and no vet clinic in the town. The nearest vet clinic is in Puerto Barrios which is half an hour away and accessible by boat only. There are numerous strays dogs. Malnourished, ill, and frequently injured by vehicles, they roam the streets in search of food and water.
In addition there are many, mainly indigenous, families living along the Rio Dulce river between Livingston and Rio Dulce Town. In order to protect their land, people use dogs but can’t afford to feed them let alone vaccinate and sterilize them. The dogs continue to reproduce and the problem multiplies rapidly therefore increasing the population of underfed and sick animals. People have no means to bring their sick animals to Puerto Barrios. The bites by vampire bats on dogs and people are not uncommon. We were alarmed!
The preparation of the project took us few months and at the end a group of enthusiastic and generous veterinary doctors came to town to give us a helping hand. During the 3 days clinic World Vets (assisted by the eager to learn 12 students from the San Carlos Guatemalan University) attended almost 370 patients and spayed and neutered 145 cats and dogs! Everyone was truly amazed by the number of patients and at the level of commitment of the field team. The whole team worked very hard, from the early morning till the evening, taking every patient that arrived, performing their tasks for 3 days in a hot temperature, in improvised conditions. It was all of a great help and the project was a great success. People were more than pleased with this opportunity. They commented that “it was the best thing they have done for their pets”. We hope that with this visit of WorldVets we started a continuous and sustainable collaboration and that at the end we will come to have a town without sick and abandoned animals. Our desire would be to continue to develop more projects together with the WorldVets organization...Thank you Worde Vets you were fantastic! We hope we see you back soon!

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

World vets is a truly wonderful non-profit organization that strives to improve the health and wellbeing of animals by providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and by providing disaster relief worldwide. World Vets exists to improve the lives of animals and humans worldwide. I volunteered with World Vets as a Vet Student on a project in Nicaragua. I was so moved by my experience there that I returned to my vet school as a student ambassador for World Vets to help spread the word about the organization. We we’re able to help so many animals and their owners in Nicaragua. The faces of the dogs, cats, children and owners will remain in my mind, continuing to reinforce and revitalize my passion for veterinary medicine. Not a single initial conversation with friends, employers, or coworkers goes by without one of my many World Vets stories being told. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to make a difference in a community.

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

allocate more funding to the organization to provide more materials and thereby help more animals

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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

World Vets is a volunteer organization that provides animal aid and medical care all over the world. World Vets teams are committed to providing spay neuter assistance and run large surgical campaigns almost monthly throughout the year. Additionally World Vets provides anesthesia and surgical training to veterinarians and students at their Latin America facility in Granada Nicaragua.

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

Get them more funding in order to decrease the cost for the volunteers

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  

1 person found this review helpful

World Vets is a great organization. I've gone on 5 World Vet trips, all very different but similar in the good we do! What can be more satisying than playing a major role in improving a dog or cat's life, prolonging it, bringing happiness to owners in need and making a dent in the pet overpopulation problem. On each trip a varied group of individuals, with a common purpose, come together together to help each other, the community ans especially to provide skills to help the animals. I love World Vets and feel so good about their giving me the "opportunity to give back to needy pets and their people.

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

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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  

What a great program! I volunteered with World Vets in Nicaragua as a veterinary student and this program far exceeded any expectations I could have ever had! World Vets has these trips down to an art- how to effective set up field locations from nothing and bring together a team of volunteers from all over the country, and help them to do great things. When we first arrived in Nicaragua, we hung out for a bit at the airport waiting for everyone to clear customs. This really gave you time to start to get to know people. Our team was a collection of vet students, pre vet students, techs, and vets. I was amazed to find the diversity of our team included seasoned private practice vets to a boarded Critical Care Specialist to super enthusiastic vets 3-4 years out of school. The tech on our team was unbelievable and the vet students and pre vet kids were jumping at the bit ready to get to clinic days. I think the major benefit of world vets trips is the diversity of skills and experiences and people that come together to change lives. It took about the first half of our first clinic day to get in the groove, but soon everyone's skills were assessed and we fell into a groove of really doing some high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgeries. Animals were monitored from pre medication to induction of anesthesia to surgery to recovery carefully by volunteers and we were even able to spare a doctor to work out front to do preventative care treatments (like deworming) and help medical cases.

Because of how diverse our team was, we were able to handle the amputation of a dog's leg that had an open fracture for over a week. When bones poke through skin and stay that way for days, the animal gets very sick. This animal was septic and multiple doctors had to work very quickly during surgery to amputate the limb while a couple of the other doctors worked hard giving different drugs to keep the dog stable. It was a happy ending as the dog (although three legged) recovered. We took care of animals that would have been taken care of otherwise. Talking to patient owners was inspiring and you really felt like you were improving lives as you worked.

As a vet student, I was given ample opportunity to perform surgery under the careful guidance of other vets. One patient I was performing a spay on was not doing well under anesthesia, so the supervising vet assisted (as my student surgical skills are much slower than seasoned vets) so we could get the patient off the table and into recovery. I feel like I was given the perfect amount of opportunities to learn and grow in my skills as well as appropriate standard of care for the patients and their well being.

Our days off on the World Vets trip was a BLAST. We wandered around town, took a boat ride, climbed around a volcano. It was a great balance of clinic and non clinic time on this trip and we had a lot of fun.

I can attribute our great experience to the great team leader that world vets sent to run the trip. Her calm, supportive, kind nature was spectacular and she was able to inspire everyone to work to their full potentials while still having a very good time.

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?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

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I volunteered with group leader Suzanne Coleman. The first dog that surgery was performed on was taken from the shelter "in case it died". It did die, from a 10x overdose of expired Xylazine. The group leader took no responsibility and several other animals died, including owned animals. We did not vaccinate or educate the community. We did not have enough sterile equipment. Students obtained only 1/10th of the experience that Dr King and her assistant promised. Our pictures were used without our knowledge or permission on the website and facebook, showing our trip as a success. We voiced our concerns and no one listened, and in-fact several of us received very rude emails from Dr King. Our money was used inappropriately and we did nothing sustainable to help the local community. We felt taken advantage of and that we did more harm than good. This organization looks great from the outside and makes a lot of money for the board, but does little to help animals locally.

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

dissolve it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 0 stars  

La organización World Vets, me dio una experiencia muy bonita para aprender sobre como hacer OVH y Castraciones en perros y gatos. Antes de que yo fuera a aprender en Nicaragua, no tenía ni sentía que tuviera seguridad en mi misma para hacer este tipo de operaciones. Estoy muy agradecida con todos los que hacen posible que esta organización funcione y de ayuda para formar mejores veterinarios como para ayudar a personas de escasos recursos con sus queridas mascotas.

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  

1 person found this review helpful

Mil millones de GRACIAS GIGANTES a world vets por la hermosa labor que hacen! Son verdaderos super heroes que nos inspiran a seguir trabajando cada dia por un mundo mejor!! Desde Adoptame -Paraguay nos sentimos muy honrados de haber sido bedecidos con su visita y ojala puedan llegar cada vez a mas lugares!!

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Infinitas gracias a World Vets desde el fondo del corazon, mas alla del servicio comunitario que brindaron, la calidez humana que tienen es increible! conocerlos fue una experiencia inolvidable y poder trabajar en conjunto fue un honor! Adoptame con Amor y responsabilidad les espera de nuevo con los brazos abiertos!! saludos y mucho amor desde Paraguay!! ♥

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with World Vets in 5 different countries over the last several years. The experience has been life-changing. Not only is the volunteer experience excellent but more importantly I have seen first hand the impact of their work. They work in some of the poorest areas of the world, helping animals that are often in desperate need of veterinary attention. Every place I have volunteered, the community has expressed a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for World Vets work. On a project in Ecuador, people and their pets were lined up the entire length of the street early in the morning so that they could get their pets spayed and neutered. Some people had walked for hours to get there. It makes me feel really good to be a part of something that is making such difference. I also appreciate that World Vets puts a huge emphasis on involving local veterinarians, sharing knowledge and building local capacity. Their programs go way beyond just helping animals too. They are transforming peoples lives and improving their communities. As a volunteer I have always felt appreciated and it is clear that everyone on the team plays a vital role. The lead veterinarians does a great job of keeping the team on task and making sure things run smoothly. Its very clear that everyone in this organization is very dedicated to improving the lives of animals. It is very hard work but very rewarding! I think they are a great organization.

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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