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Visiting Veterinarians International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Visiting Veterinarians International is a Non-profit global organization. Our mission is to provide veterinary care to areas of the world who lack appropriate veterinary care or have limited access to veterinary care. Our efforts are to help control the stray animal populations, minimize suffering, prevent zoonotic disease, educate pet owners on veterinary maintenance needs and whenever possible provide assistance to pets in areas who have suffered from disasters or accidents. Each campaign we organize is in the form of spay/neuter/vaccination programs in collaboration with local animal welfare groups to help support the community for continued subsistence with ongoing veterinary care after we are gone. All of our members are 100% volunteers who travel at their own expense to help support animals in need. Each volunteer provides their own airfare to the location, gives up their vacation time at work and provide their skills and knowledge to help these animals. Each campaign is dependent on fundraising and grants to provide the necessary medications and supplies to perform each campaign.

Results: Visiting Veterinarians international has sterilized thousands of dogs and cats, provided support for communities without veterinary care and established training programs for pet parent, volunteers and local animal welfare organizations. We have helped humanely control the pet populations in areas such as Marshall Islands, Belize, Romania, Northern Manitoba first nation communities and many more to come.

Target demographics: Animals that need veterinary care in areas where veterinary care is either nonexistent or families can not afford veterinary care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3000 dogs and cats

Geographic areas served: Various countries outside the United States such as Marshall islands, Belize, Romania, Northern Manitoba First Nation Communities

Programs: High Quality, High Volume Spay/Neuter/Vaccination/Education Clinics

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Laurel A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By absolute chance I found this organization and it changed my appreciation for veterinary medicine! I was brought on to volunteer recovering patients after surgery but by chance they needed more vets and I was in my final year of vet school. Dr Betz taught me everything I know about spay and neuter surgeries. The team was always supportive and overall a really happy group of people. We had tons of fun and it made the really long days go by in a flash. They offered extremely high quality medicine in areas that sometimes didn't even have running water. It was so great I came beck for more the following year.
A great group of people doing amazing work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Dr. Betz on a spay/neuter clinic. I met some pretty generous and wonderful people. The team really showed their caring hearts and love that they have for all animals. It was an honor to meet and work with such a great set of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Dr. Betz on 4 different spay/neuter projects. All of the campaigns were very professionally run. The highest emphasis was paid towards animal welfare and safety. The volunteers were also very well cared for with nice accommodations and food provided. Dr. Betz is an excellent teacher who always took the time and effort to make sure all the volunteers felt welcome and supported. I would like to do more projects with Visiting Veterinarians International.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My trip with this group was phenomenal. It is always a little bit of a worry that your standards will not align as far as veterinary care in less than ideal situations and when resources have to be conserved to the highest degree. I was so relieved that analgesia, patient care, and the human animal bond were high priority and expenses were not spared to ensure these standards were met. I would volunteer with this group any time. The board members and the teams they assemble are unbelievable.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Visiting Veterinarians International does work for the people and animals of small nations that is close to my heart. As a donor it’s important to me that my financial contributions are used to further the care and wellbeing of the animals. This organization does just that, reading the stories of their adventures and work reaffirms for me that I have donated my limited funds wisely. I look forward to their next campaign and the awesome impact they will have on the local communities!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Dr Jennifer Betz and her team on two HVHQ Spay/Neuter campaigns. The group does an excellent job taking care of the dogs and cats as well as helping educate people on the benefits of spay/neuter for their pets.
It has been a privilege for me to volunteer with such an exceptional group of professionals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to work with Dr. Betz which is how I learned about this organization. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of something so great. Her motivation and ability to bring so many people together for a common goal was what most impressed me. Her leadership and professionalism made for a seamless process and easy flow in a crazy fun hard working environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to the Marshall Islands as a volunteer in a high volume spay/neuter clinic. It was amazing. The best experience you could ask for. Dr. Betz was amazing. I would jump on any team she was on. She was professional, knowledgeable and caring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dr. Betz is an amazing leader in this field and her organization, Visiting Veterinarians International, has helped so many animals lead healthier, higher quality lives because of their hard work & tireless efforts. I learned a lot working with Dr. Betz and the medicine practiced by this group is of the highest quality. These are caring, motivated people doing great things for people and animals. They are literally changing lives through their work on their campaigns in different locations. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Dr Betz and her outstanding group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Six years ago, I began began volunteering with Drs. Betz and Britt. I have been lucky enough to have gone on 4 more projects with them. As with most others involved, I do these projects because there is a huge unmet need in many areas of the world and, as a veterinarian, I feel an obligation to help to improve the situation of the animals and their families in any way I am able. I do it with VVI because I personally see the efforts Drs Betz, Britt, Klepzig and Mousseau put into the organization. The months of planning, the inevitable troubleshooting, the group management, the stretching of every dime and donation in the budget to address as many patients as possible is both impressive and exhausting just to watch. The volunteers are treated like family, the owners with compassion and the animals like they are the only patient there. Enough good things cannot be said of the organization, the leadership or the people that participate.

1 Anne B.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Humane Society in Punta Gorda, Belize has been working with Dr. Betz and Visiting Veterinarians International over the last several years. Together we have organized 3 spay and neuter clinics here in the little town of Punta Gorda, Belize. Another one was planned but put on hold due to the Covid pandemic. Dr. Betz and her team, typically consists of 4 or 5 vets and about 10 vet technicians and other volunteers from the US. Quite a few of the participants have been back more than once - they are skilled, professional and compassionate people who enjoy the leadership of Dr. Betz who creates an exciting, professional and very friendly atmosphere. Both the vet team, the local volunteers and the clients appreciate their work and the experience very much. And she cooperates well with the local Belizean vet, their mutual respect for each other is obvious and Dr. Bennett clearly enjoys both the working environment and the camaraderie of working with the US team.

Punta Gorda Humane Society is located in one of the least developed areas of Belize where there is no practicing vet. The Humane Society therefore organizes monthly clinics with Dr. Bennett (who travels 250 miles by road to attend). Fundraising is difficult so we operate on a very low budget. Clinics are held in a community center and the clients have to pay for the vet's services. Being able to hold a free annual clinic has meant a lot for our community. Where, pets (including street dogs) can be spayed or neutered independent upon their owner's financial status and also the clinics have a high educational value. The rest of the year Dr. Betz is always available with advice whenever needed! For a community that is lacking in veterinary care this has tremendous value! Dr. Betz is a true pioneer she sold her vet business and is now travelling the world helping pets and people! I have nothing but admiration, gratitude and respect for this powerhouse of a woman!

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you very much. We truly enjoy working with each and everyone of you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to help during VVI’s Marshall Islands campaign. What a great organization led by kind, brilliant, generous folks. I hope to do more work with them in the future.

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you. We truly appreciate your help and hope to work with you again someday.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Dr. Betz and the folks of VVI was my first experience working in a high volume spay/neuter clinic and it was eye opening! I have never worked with such a tireless group of individuals that all had the same goal in mind - helping animals in need. Everyone helped out a newbie like me and made me feel welcome and a part of the team. Their dedication to the animals and professionalism daily was evident in everything they did. I cannot wait to join them again and am excited to learn more from them in the future!

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you. It was a pleasure working with you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with this group in January 2020 in the Marshall Islands. All medical aspects were upheld to high standard with the focus to improve the lives of animals in the island community. I look forward to joining them again in the future.

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you Becky. It was great working with you. Hope to see you in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dr. Betz is nothing short of amazing! She is dedicated, tireless and possesses a can do attitude that is essential to this type of work and as a veterinarian her skills are unmatched and as a former owner of a large practice she is skilled at managing people in complex environments!

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you. we loved working with you and hope to work with yo in the future.

1 Ed G.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Fabulous people doing important work internationally. I'm an RN for humans and also a veteran, and I've helped Dr Betz plan and pack supplies for a few missions overseas. I trusted her with the care of my own pets and fully support the work she and other VVI staff do internationally.

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you. You have always been a great supporter and a big hlep.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never worked with more passionate people than the people of Visiting Veterinarians International! They go above & beyond even in situations where they may not have many resources. If you are looking to support a great non-profit with passionate folks who truly care about the health and life of every animal no matter the location or circumstances, then you absolutely cannot go wrong with Visiting Veterinarians International.

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you very much Brittney. It was a pleasure working with you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked with the founder and board members of VVI, I can personally confirm not only is the non-profit directly helping local animal and human populations, but they also are supporting and encouraging the next generation of animal welfare professionals. Couldn't rate them highly enough. Extraordinary people doing extraordinary work.

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you. It was a pleasure working with you. Hope to see you soon.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started working with these folks as part of a global study to study the health effects of radiation contamination on dogs. These folks are very professional in all their activities and put the safety and welfare of their "clients" (mostly street dogs in developing countries) first and foremost. The very best medical procedures are always maintained even when local conditions make this a challenge. For example, modern gas anesthesia and proper pain meds are used in order to ensure the highest success rates and to keep animal pain and discomfort to a minimum. The medical director and her team have decades of experience from their own successful practices and they put this experience to good use for the benefit of the animals. In addition, they ensure that the highest standards are met by all their volunteers. These folks are the animal equivalent of Vets without Borders! From a nonprofit perspective, this organization is very lean with everyone volunteering their time and other resources. The team as a whole pitches in with fund raising and the medical director has been very creative in finding ways to dramatically cut costs for most of the supplies with donations from vet supply companies and even a couple government organizations.


Tim Mousseau, PhD
University of South Carolina

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you. You have been a great addition to the team.

2 Dr. Carol C

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Visiting Veterinarians International was my first overseas volunteer experience. They are an amazing organization. Very well run. The administrators were as concerned about the welfare of our patients as they were about the team. No corners were cut. Medicine practiced was as good as any spay neuter operation in the US. I would gladly volunteer with this group again.

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you Carol. It was great meeting you and working with you. Hopefully many more in the future.

3 Jennifer B.29

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud of this organization. They have the animals and the community at heart. they strive hard to provide the best care they can with the conditions they have in each location. Their goal is to help as many animals as they can by providing veterinary care across the globe.

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visitingvets 10/11/2021

Thank you. We try to provide the best care that we can.