January 18, 2012
In the year 2008 was the first time I met to World Vets in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. At that time I was still Veterinary Student and motivated by the organization I did an interview with Katie Horn she was at this time a Canadian based in Nicaragua and animal lover at that time she was the director of stones and waves veterinary clinic a clinic dedicated to provide free veterinary services to animals from poor families of the place. During the interview, I volunteered in the clinic with groups of volunteers who came to San Juan del Sur to conduct clinics for sterilization of dogs and cats. I started on admission by three times, then finally to preoperative and surgeries I still remember my first surgery with Dr. Terry Ryan one of the first who knew the reality and the conditions that animals live in my country. She was grateful for that through her I traveled to Panama in 2010 to be train in the spay quick method. Then I met many other volunteers in the different groups that have always been grateful to Cathy King for her great work in my country, its concern over the conditions of animals that are really desperate. Today we begin to see the impact of this big Project, now I see less dogs in the street and the owners are now more aware with the care of their animals. But I know that there is still much to do, I hope that World Vets may be able to go on this long road. Greetings. Lester Tapia, DVM, World Vets volunteer from Nicaragua.
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I have learned a lot of new surgical techniques for each of the groups of volunteers who come each year to Nicaragua and I have also learned to be able to avoid as far as possible the suffering of animals.
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