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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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. In the Pacific Northwest we provide veterinary aid, rescue and response for sick, injured or stranded marine mammals. 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).

Community Stories

158 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

World Vets does great work helping animals all over the world. They are a well run non profit with a long track record of providing help where it is needed most. Highly recommended!

Stephanie B.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with World Vets has been nothing short of outstanding. I was lucky enough to visit Cusco, Peru on a World Vets trip as a veterinary student to assist with a spay and neuter event offered free of charge to the community. The World Vets' representative, Dr. Steve Kruzeniski, was an invaluable asset within the community and an excellent teacher to myself as a nervous veterinary student. I also had the privilege to directly observe the founder of World Vets, Dr. Cathy King, and see firsthand the wildlife emergency response work she facilitates in the Puget Sound. Additionally, World Vets' work throughout the state of Washington has been instrumental in providing relief response during the recent wildfires and pandemic.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Cathy King in 2012 and have been nothing but impressed. Dr. Cathy is innovative, resourceful, and competent in her programming, staffing, and communications and she has improved the lives of countless people and animals across the globe with her life's work. Everyone who has the good fortune of working with and for Dr. Cathy is better for it and I'm glad to count myself among them.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have had the privilege of learning about World Vets in the last several years. They make a difference in the world, providing veterinary services directly to animals in need around the world as well as here at home in the US. They also provide emergency veterinary services and supplies when a disaster hits, such as the recent fire in Omak Wa. We feel lucky to be able to support World Vets and their missions.

Jim and Carol Parvey

Eroica V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Vets is an amazing organization with a huge breadth of programs all sharing the goal of providing care to animals in need. I've had the opportunity to volunteer with their new marine mammal program as well as some of the disaster response that cared for animals caught in the recent Washington wildfires. Every chance I've had to work with World Vets has impressed me with their compassion, professionalism, and genuine desire to provide every animal they come across with the very best care possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

World Vets, led by Dr. Cathy King, is one of the most compassionate, hard working, transparent and effective organizations for animal protection on the planet. If they have extra resources, they share them with those who need them, without question. They are generous and kind. World Vets strategies for animal protection on land and in the oceans, save lives and simply work. Their team are friendly, helpful and are not competitive, but instead understand the larger picture of any situation. World Vets are an exemplary NGO.

1 Laura W.10

Donor

Rating: 5

The mission of World Vets is near and dear to my heart. I am ever so grateful for their hard work and aid provided to animals around the globe. ♡♡♡

dotworld

Board Member

Rating: 5

10 years ago a group of rock climbers decided to start Fiona Animal Refuge in Hidalgo Mexico. World Vets was one of the first organizations to step up and help us with supplies. Since then they continue to send us much needed flea and tick drops and Revolution to help our mange problem. They are a wonderful organization that we are proud to partner with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm currently a second year student at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. I participated in my first World Vets trip before I was even a veterinary student. This trip was such an amazing experience that I decided to sign up for another! There are many things about World Vets that make them such an amazing organization. Between the connections you make with people, the fulfillment of helping people in developing communities, and the skills you acquire on these trips, the experience is incomparable. I would highly recommend World Vets to anyone looking to gain experience in the field and give back to the community.

Cierra H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a world vets trip this past winter, and it was one of the best weeks of my life. I learned more than I could ever imagine. The instructors were there to help with anything and made you feel welcomed. I had worked in a vet clinic for two years and learned more in one week with world vets than two years at my clinic. I would recommend this to every single student studying pre-vet. Not only did I learn a lot, but I also met great people. This trip is essential to pre-vets, and I am planning to return as a vet student.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a future veterinary student with a Bachelors in Zoology interested in the marine environment as well as environmental conservation. Over the summer I was able to volunteer with World Vets (Dr. Cathy King) with various projects. While volunteering there were a few calls about injured or sick harbor seal pups. Dr. King allowed me to help restrain a harbor seal pup on the boat and the clinic, while she examined them. During the exam she would teach me about what she was doing and why. The next two projects were to check the crabs in Gig Harbor for microsporidia and to use a plankton trawl to observe the plankton. The time I spent with Dr. King was an amazing experience. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience for me, I learned so much and was able to interact hands on. Dr. King is a phenomenal veterinarian and person, I really enjoyed working with her. I support World Vets and I plan on attending one of the World Vets programs.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

I ᒪOᐯEᗪ my WV trip! It was amazing to help animals in need and work with such devoted, caring, and fun people. I would highly recommend this organization to any veterinary professional wishing to make a difference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist and am very interested in population health of aquatic species. I had the opportunity to accompany World Vets (Dr. Cathy King and Katie Cole) on a day trip to conduct zooplankton tows and crab health assessments in southern Puget Sound. There were other individuals onboard, including 2 children who were very excited about this outing! Dr. Cathy and Katie conducted the trip very professionally and were very knowledgeable about marine life in southern Puget Sound. They also explained very well the steps of the plankton tow and crab health assessments what to expect once completed. They even allowed the children to actively participate in the tows and crab collections. I highly recommend supporting World Vets and their commitment to studying marine life health as well as their passion for introducing public citizens to the world of aquatic species living in the waters of southern Puget Sound!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to go to Nicaragua in 2017 with World Vets. The trip was very organized, our accommodations were lovely, and best of all, we provided ~500 Rabies vaccines and ~200 spays and neuters. Dr. Steve is so fun to work with, very hands on with the medical team. I highly recommend World Vets. Dr. King has built an amazing organization. She and her team are second to none.

Client Served

Rating: 5

La Fundación BAI - Bienestar Animal Imbabura nace en el año 2004 en vista de la desatención de las autoridades. Imbabura es una provincia multiétnica, con hermosos paisajes andinos y cultura importante del Ecuador que como muchas ciudades tiene problemas de sobrepoblación de mascotas. En el año 2009 junto con la organización Worldvets hasta la presente fecha hemos ayudado a miles de animales a través de la esterilización, se han visitado varias localidades principalmente comunidades en donde es dificil es acceso veterinario se por costos o distancia. Gracias a está alianza estratégica hemos logrado que los gobiernos locales se responsabilicen de sus competencias respecto al tema de fauna urbana motivando su participación en los procesos y logrando que asuman sus responsabilidades . El trabajo de Worldvets ha sido reconocido por la calidad del servicio técnico y por la gran labor humanitaria que despliegan cada vez que los tenemos en el país, actualmente existe una gran demanda por el servicio que presta la organización a quienes siempre se los espera con mucha expectativa y con la alegría de ayudar. Son 10 años de labor social que han marcado un antes y un después, el cual ha permitido ayudar a los animales y a mejorar la salud pública.
Fundación BAI - Worldvets... ! Una Misión Social de Corazón ¡

Aaliyah J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the vision and purpose behind the World Vets organization. While providing free veterinary care to underrepresented areas, the veterinarians of World Vets also provide mentorship, leadership experience, and skills needed in the veterinary field to its volunteers. After volunteering with World Vets, I have decided to attend at least one session every year!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This November will be my 7th trip with World Vets, and the difference this non profit makes in the world is indescribable. While seeing incredibly sad stories of animals across the world, they do everything in their power to help them

cwwassberg

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Pre-Vet student and I chose to travel to Ecuador because it is an undeserved area of the world that has limited resources. World Vets International focuses on providing direct veterinary care to animals and veterinary training both of which improve the lives of the animals, people, and communities. By participating on this mission trip, I was able to help owners who care and love their pets but simply do not have the financial resources to access high quality veterinary care. In addition to helping animals in need, I was able to receive hands on education, experience a new culture, meet champions of animal welfare, make a difference, and meet new friends who share the same passion.

Sharon Elizabeth S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a second year veterinary student and was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in World Vets IVM program this past June. My experience in Ecuador not only helped to develop my skills as a future veterinarian, but also how to become a person in this profession that can give back to local communities in the best way possible. My perspective was widened with admiration and love for the communities I interacted with; so much so that I am already planning another trip next summer. This was my first time out of the US, in South America, and by myself; while internally it seemed like a big step, every aspect of my journey was phenomenal. I now recommend World Vets highly to everyone I talk to. It is definitely a one of a kind experience.

Erin N.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words can’t express how much World Vets means to me and has changed my life. I have been on about 8 World Vets trips in 3 years and experience something new with every single trip. The experience of meeting complete strangers and then working with them in complete harmony is amazing. Veterinarians, and vet nurses with one huge common thing in mind, to help control the animal population, makes working through the temperatures and parasites well worth it! All of the cultures that you get to experience on these trips will touch your heart like no other. To be able to meet the local people and talk to them, to giving a child a little toy and the smile on their face as they walk away to show their friend, sibling or parent is priceless. The cultural differences may come as to a shock to some people, but to me, it has been an eye opener for life, which is why I keep coming back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've done 4 volunteer trips with World Vets. I absolutely love this organization. They work so hard to reduce suffering of animals all over the world. From sterilization campaigns to community education to herd health, World Vets makes a huge impact. The organization also focuses on training of vet students and veterinarians. I wholeheartedly support this organization, their mission, and their commitment to animals worldwide.

Dr.Ann

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity as a veterinarian to partner with Lakefield Veterinary Group and World Vets to participate in a mission in Nicaragua in September of 2017. It was an experience I will treasure always. A group of 16 Lakefield/Best Friends employees consisting of 6 veterinarians, 6 technicians, and 4 assistants, were able to help World Vets spay and neuter over 250 pets over a 2 and 1/2 day period, as well as examine, treat and vaccinated another 250 patients in 1 community service day. World Vets organization has made such a huge impact in Nicaragua that our group had to travel outside of where their hospital is set up to a remote location, since most of the pets by the hospital were already spayed and neutered due to previous World Vets services. We were able to vaccinate 100’s of pets for World Rabies Day as well. Dr. Cathy King has done such an amazing job reaching out to all areas of the world to benefit pets and their owners. I felt honored to be a participant in such a wonderful mission.

Amanda G.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to participate in the World Vets IVM training program in Otavalo, Ecuador this past summer with Dr. Steve, Dr. Lester and Dr. Adela. We also had two vets join from the states. I learned so much from these 5 veterinarians about spay and neuter and anesthesia monitoring. I loved learning different techniques from each veterinarian. World Vets is a low stress environment to do your first surgeries as a vet student and you feel supported every step of the way. We had an awesome group of vet students and tech students on our trip and even got to enjoy a day of adventuring around Otavalo including waterfalls and hiking around a caldera lake and visiting the equator. I especially enjoyed our outreach day in an Andean community seeing dogs, a few cats and an abundance of sheep. The service World Vets provides to this community is wonderful and is such a special experience to get to be a part of. I’m definitely hoping to do another trip in the future and plan to volunteer upon graduation! I highly recommend the IVM training program to anyone in vet school as it has given me more confidence going into Junior Surgery labs as a 3rd year.

Jessica B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a veterinary assistant in the International Veterinary Medicine program in Nicaragua for 3 separate trips. I was also a volunteer on a pilot field project in Cozumel, Mexico. Every single trip was an amazing experience filled with fun, many learning opportunities, new friendships, and a lasting heart warming feeling. I plan on continuing to volunteer with World Vets for as long as I can! Highly recommend this volunteer opportunity to anyone who has a love for animals and the desire to provide a service to others.

Sally J.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing non-profit with passionate and dedicated staff!

Thank you World Vets for all you do to care for animals while providing enriching educational experiences for your volunteers!

Savannah G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My World Vets trip was one of the best experiences of my life. Aside from learning SO MUCH, I made amazing friends and got experience one of the most rich and beautiful cultures. I plan to continue to serve on World Vets trips for the rest of my career. I would 100% recommend World Vets to anyone.

Kimberly D.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a 4th year veterinary student and last March I had the opportunity to participate in the World Vets IVM program in Nicaragua. I was looking to get some hands on experience and this trip far exceeded my exceptions. I was welcomed with open arms on arrival, the vets there were amazing and so willing to take the time to teach me. I enjoyed every minute of my trip. Surgery is now a passion of mine and it is thanks to World Vets that I was able to gain valuable experience. This trip is the perfect way to spend your march break, a great mixture of education, fun and adventure. I would strongly recommend this program to any veterinary student! I hope to volunteer again very soon! :)

Jasmine L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Vets was honestly such an amazing experience! I highly recommend this program to veterinary students, pre-veterinary students, and any who loves animals. We had such a great trip having the opportunity to meet other people in our profession as well as others who just love animals. We spent out days treating the animals of the surrounding communities of Otalavo, Ecuador. Later in the day and on our off days we had the opportunity to explore the city, hike, and were even able to see stand on the equator! I learned so much and made lifelong connections with our group members. I loved that we had the opportunity to truly immerse ourselves in the culture and community, an experience that is unique in itself. I hope to be able to travel again with World Vets to other countries and look forward to being able to contribute again in the future.

Hailey C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I am currently a second-year veterinary student at the University of Tennessee, and this past summer I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer with World Vets during their International Veterinary Medicine Training Program in Otavalo, Ecuador. It was an absolute honor and privilege to begin my surgical experience in veterinary medicine with such compassionate, intelligent, and patient veterinary professionals. Surgery can be one of the more anxiety-inducing aspects of veterinary training, but World Vets really strives to provide a relaxed learning environment for students as well as exceptional one-on-one training that allows students to build confidence and skills that will be useful for years to come. I will never forget the friendships I built and the experiences I had in such a beautiful country. I can only hope I have the opportunity to work with this amazing organization again someday!

Mark D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our animal rescue in the Dominican Republic has been blessed to have the amazing volunteers from World Vets visit us on several occasions. These generous vets, vet techs, vet assistants, and other volunteers always amaze me as they so selflessly give of their time and talent to come down and perform hundreds of spay/neuter surgeries and treat dozens of animals in need on each visit. Besides being easy to work with, well-organized, and professional, they are such a fun group to have that we always look forward to their visits.

Mark Diekmann
President
Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic

Mary R. Student

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on the 2018 spring trip to Honduras, and loved every minute of it! I am an undergraduate student and I was looking for veterinary experience with exotic animals when I came across World Vets, and boy did this trip deliver. I had the opportunity to work on jaguars, pumas and monkeys and work with a wonderful kick-butt team! The doctors and techs that came on the trip were all awesome individuals, and made the environment for the trip very fun and happy. I recommend this trip to every student I talk to, because I had such a fun time learning how to work with exotics and making lifelong friends!

Valdama

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a second year veterinary student and I had the opportunity to volunteer with World Vets for the first time this past summer. This trip was the most motivational, incredible, and educational trip I have ever been on. It was the ideal learning environment for a veterinary student. I was surrounded by patient, intelligent, and fun instructors who loved volunteering their time. During this trip, I was able to work with large animals and discovered a possible interest in pursuing large animal medicine in the future. I definitely recommend any of the World Vets' programs to anyone interested in or involved with the veterinary field. You will not regret it!

Lauren K.09

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am small animal veterinarian in the US and have volunteered on three World Vets trips thus far with at least two more planned in the upcoming months and more to come after that I hope. The World Vets leadership and field veterinary trip leaders are incredible - they are kind, promptly responsive to questions, and do all possible to help as many animals and families while also striving to ensure an extremely positive volunteer experience. As a part time field medicine and surgery instructor in my regular life in the US, I love that World Vets also offers international field medicine, anesthesia, and surgical training for veterinary students and anesthesia training for nursing students. This opportunity provides not only a boost to the students' clinical and critical thinking skills, but also fosters a desire for these students to continue with this type of important work after they graduate. I cannot write enough positive comments about this organization. Thank you!

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Molly 2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering with World Vets twice now and I honestly can't wait to plan my next trip. I'm currently a third year vet student and had the opportunity to volunteer during my first year in Nicaragua and after my second year in Ecuador. Both trips were amazing to say the least. I'm really into surgery so I loved how much experience I got during both trips! The doctors and volunteers are all amazing and so supportive that it calms your nerves and creates a great environment for learning. I'm not a large animal person but loved being able to work with pigs, cows, and horses on outreach day (I even got to castrate a pig!) The World Vets team (Dr. Steve, Lester, and Adela) are truly amazing doctors and people and make the trip so fun and educational at the same time. To say that I love World Vets is an understatement. My first trip was truly life changing and I will continue to support and volunteer for World Vets for as long as I can.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I did a week of surgical training at the training center in Granada with dr. Steve and World Vets. It was a really helpful and rewarding experience, as I had very little training in surgery from my university in Norway. I got to do a lot of surgeries during the week, which made me feel confident performing spays and neuters independently when back home. I really appreciated the relaxed environment and guiding. The work that thy do for the animals and owners in Granada is really amazing!!

Elizabeth R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a small animal veterinarian in the US. I have worked with World Vets on four different trips, three in Nicaragua and one in Ecuador. I was amazed at how much work everyone does, how it positively impacts communities, and how well everyone comes together for the good of the animals. World Vets leadership is extremely well organized and the doctors leading the trips are so super, it's hard to put into words. I have immensely enjoyed working with this organization and will continue to do so. It has been life- changing for me to see all of the positive things that are happening in communities because of working with World Vets

Julia C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mi nombre es Julia soy Médica Veterinaria y por segunda vez fui al program de cirugías. Hace unos años perdí mi confianza de hacer cirugías por una muerte de un paciente en quirófano, no quise volver a tocar un perro o gato, no quise ni hacer casi nada de clínica, deje abandonada mi carrera y me centré en mi bebé que estaba esperando. Pasaron algunos años y sentía la necesidad de retomar mi carrera, de volver a lo que tanto amaba, así que me armé y empecé a planificar mi viaje al Programa, el Dr. Lester Tapia es una persona con la mayor paciencia y amor a lo que hace, siempre dispuesto a escuchar, siempre dispuesto ha enseñarte, nunca hace de menos tus preguntas ni tus miedos, gracias a él he recuperado mi confianza y es el primer paso para empezar de nuevo con la práctica en clínica de menos! Gracias, de verdad gracias!

David R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I approached retirement in 2013, I knew that I wanted to do something to help animals in need. I had zero veterinary background. I heard about World Vets online and decided to attend one of their 7 day International Vet Medicine (IVM) courses at their training facility in Granada, Nicaragua. That IVM experience convinced me to go back to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) at 60 years of age! Their program, coupled with the positive and encouraging attitude of the staff, helped me quickly build confidence in clinical skills. On day 1 I had no idea how to restrain an animal. By day 7 I was placing IV catheters and monitoring anesthesia for over 25 patients - amazing progress that I soon realized is the norm for student progression under the World Vet training system. I have since attended an additional IVM course while attending Vet Tech school - it made a world of difference in my success in that program! I'm currently serving as an LVT at a non-profit, high volume spay/neuter clinic. I attribute much of my success primarily to what I learned from and my overall experiences with World Vets! Bottom line - they are just Awesome! I look forward to working another spay/neuter project with them!! :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mi nombre es Sergio Ramírez, estudiante de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia ya culminando la carrera.
Eh tenido la oportunidad de tomar 2 cursos en Worldvets, Granada. El de Atencion y anestesia en Equinos y El de Esterilización y Anestesia en especies menores, ambos me han sido de gran utilidad, me han ayudado mucho en mis conocimientos para dar una atencion adecuada lo cual me ayudara en mi futuro como profecional.
Agradesco a Wolrvets por las oportunidad brindada y las enseñanzas adquiridas.
Estos programas son muy importantes para la educacion y desarrollos de Veterinarios capacitados para realizar adecuadamente cirugias de esterilización, dado de una forma sencilla de entender, con paciencia y con practicas adecuadas.
Tambien tuve la oportunidad de apoyarles en el caso de la tormenta Nate, donde se dio atencion veterinaria a animales en zonas afectadas y apoyo a la gente damnificada aportandoles agua potable.

Gracias por la Experiencia.

Jeanhiva M.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Soy Dr Penélope Moreira, para mi fue una experiencia única he inolvidable a ver formado parte de World vets hace mucho tiempo atras, empecé cuando fui hacer el.curso de cirugía de espesies menores, luego pase hacer voluntariado por mucho tiempo ame y disfrute mucho cada momento que en la clínica atendiendo caninos,felinos, Equinos, junto a doctores y estudiantes de distintos países y eso es una gran oportunidad para compartir conocimientos y dar una buena atención a los pacientes y estoy muy agradecida con los Drs Lester Tapia y Steve Kruzeniski por averme entrenado hoy en día pongo a diario en práctica todo lo que aprendí en World vets.

Amy J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

World Vets is an amazing organization. They bring a happy and healthy future not just to the animals they care for but also to the families who love their pets. Thank you, World Vets!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Soy Deborah Valverde, médico veterinario de Managua Nicaragua, asistí al programa de cirugía de Esterilización en caninos y felinos en World VETS ( Granada, Nicaragua), el cual me fué de mucha ayuda ya que me ayudó a reforzar mi destreza en cirugía y protocolos anestésicos seguros. Muy agradecida con el Dr. Lester Tapia coordinador de este exelente programa gratuito de gran ayuda para los veterinarios en formación.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Soy Eduardo Sánchez, médico veterinario de León en Nicaragua. Hace tres años participé en el entrenamiento que ofrece World Vets gratuito en el Centro Latinoamericano Veterinario de Entrenamiento en Granada, Nicaragua. Luego de estos tres años apliqué para participar esta vez como veterinario Licenciado. Mis conocimientos han crecido enormemente y mi confianza en cirugía y anestesia es mucho mejor ahora. World Vets ha creado un gran impacto en la educación veterinaria Nicaragüense. Sobre todo que han cambiado mucho la vida de los animales.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mi nombre es Bryan Narvaez, soy veterinario nicaraguense. Esta semana participé en el entrenamiento quirúrgico gratuito para veterinarios Latinoamericanos en su centro en Granada, Nicaragua. Me encanta el trabajo que realizan sobre todo estos cursos de entrenamiento de forma gratuita. Muchas gracias por todo lo que hacen en el mundo.

MyrrhVet

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with World Vets many times in the past 5 years and always had a great experience! They are very well organized and really work with local groups wherever they go. The staff are truly caring and passionate about their mission. As someone who loves to travel, I really enjoy getting to know more about the people and countries I visit, and as a veterinarian I love being able to use my skills to hopefully contribute something as well. It is always beautiful to see how the human-animal bond is can be so similar in such different places. The IVM teaching program is one of my favorite projects. Teaching students from all over the world and watching their confidence and skills grow is very rewarding and reignites my enthusiasm for my profession and it's future! As a bonus, I have made friends and professional contacts all over the world. I highly recommend World Vets as a top notch organization to volunteer with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with World Vets over the past 3 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my veterinary career. The chance to travel and experience new countries and cultures and offer my skills to help make even a small difference is a great blessing. As an volunteer instructor I love working with the students and seeing their amazing progress in just one week. Their enthusiasm and interests help renew my own and making local Nicaraguan friends has inspired me to learn a new language! I have also participated in field projects in other countries and these are equally as rewarding by providing animal care and education to families that could otherwise not afford it. We work hard and sometimes long days, but it is more than worth it when a smiling child pick up her dog after treatment! World Vets works very hard to maintain local relationships in these countries which in turn provides well organized trips and opportunities to experience local life. I highly recommend this organization for anyone interested in animal care, veterinary medicine and the One Health Initiative and am looking forward to my next trip with them this fall!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with World Vets three times now, and I have loved every experience. World Vets does a great job of offering it's students tons of hands on experience in a stress free learning environment. They also do great work in the communities they serve. It was easy to see the major change in the dogs living in Nicaragua on my third trip!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a veterinarian from Maryland, and I spent a week getting extra surgical training in the clinic in Granada, and had an outstanding experience! it really prepared me well for volunteering for spay/neuter trips in the future. Can't say enough good things about Steve Lester and the entire staff there. Look forward to my visits there in the future. They are doing amazing humanitarian work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Soy estudiante de veterinaria ya en mi último semestre de la carrera en esta semana que vine a recibir estudio en esta organización he aprendido muchos conocimientos que me han inculcado en esta semana conocimientos que no sabia sobre ellos a sido una semana increíble es una gran experiencia para mi y se que me ayudará en mi futuro como médico veterinario gracias a lo que me han inculcado doy Gracias por esta gran oportunidad. Gracias World Vets por tener este programa de entrenamiento gratuito en Nicaragua. Ninguna otra organización lo tiene. El doctor instructor es excelente veterinario con pasión por lo que hace.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Soy estudiante de último año de Medicina Veterinaria en la Universidad de Occidente de Nicaragua. Esta semana estoy recibiendo entrenamiento gratuito en cirugía, anestesia y analgesia. El instructor es muy profesional y con muchos conocimientos y experiencia. Nunca había aprendido tantas cosas en la Universidad a como esta semana con World Vets en Granada, Nicaragua. World Vets es una organización muy importante en la salud y bienestar animal me gusta la forma en que ellos tratan a cada animal con un cuido especial ,amor y paciencia nos comparten sus conocimientos para así tener mejor cuido de la vida y la salud de nuestros animales, realizando cirugías con buenos anestésicos para evitar el dolor y estrés en ellos, World Vets ayuda a los animales abandonados precupandose siempre por su salud. Muchas gracias por ayudar a las personas, la comunidad y los animales.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Vets IVM was a life-changing experience. It gave me the unparalleled opportunity to work alongside other students and professionals from Nicaragua and different parts of the United States and Canada. I learned an immense amount in the week that I spent in Granada, from performing my first spay and neuter surgeries to floating horses' teeth and trimming hooves. On my first trip two years ago, I was extremely nervous to spay, neuter, and monitor anesthesia. I soon had all of my fears laid to rest--everyone was supportive, patient and excellent at teaching. By the end of the week, I was more confident in my skills and could already feel myself improving. This year was my second time volunteering, and it was great to be back and see familiar faces. I am grateful to have been able to make a small difference in a community and to spend time interacting with some of the people whose animals we helped. As an added bonus, Granada is beautiful, and the World Vets team organizes activities for our day off and makes sure that everyone enjoys themselves. I would recommend this experience to anyone and will definitely be back in the future!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What are you waiting for? Don't hesitate to volunteer with World Vets! This is a top-notch organization and my volunteer experience far exceeded my expectations. It was great to work with a diverse group of team members and learn about a new country and culture while making a significant impact on human and animal health. As a veterinarian and professor at a vet tech college, I can't wait to make the trip again with some of my students. This will be an invaluable hands-on training experience for them to apply and develop what they've learned in the classroom.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited to go to Granada, Nicaragua on a week long horse project with World Vets in 2014. As a complete layman I did not know what to expect. I have owned horses for over 45 years but I was not prepared for what I was about to experienced. It was not only a new experience but it was life changing. The horses work so hard for their humans with little or no supportive care. It was not that the people didn't want to help their horses but they had no means. There was no horse clinic or horse doctor to go to even if you wanted to. When World Vets went out into the Barrio at least 100 people showed up every day to get help for their animals. It was inspiring. The owners wanted to learn what ever we could teach them and we taught them a lot, about foot care, wound care, teeth maintenance, worming and gelding their stallions. Not only has World Vets helped the lives of the horses in Nicaragua but their projects have inspired other organizations to come in and do the same thing which just spreads the care in even larger numbers. I have never worked so hard and learned so much about horses and about people. I was so exhausted at the end of the work day but then we would have a fun experience in between and we would all bond and gear up for our next onslaught of horses in need of care. There was some pretty serious wounds, galls, and eye injuries that had to be dealt with and World Vets just did the job with kindness and gentleness and went on to the next problem when they were done. I would go back every year if I could. I would rate them five stars plus!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The World Vets IVM program was the best experience of my life. I attended the program in Nicaragua as a pre-veterinary student last year and came back this past summer for a two-month internship. It's an extremely rewarding experience and the hands-on veterinary training exceeded my expectations. The inspiration and education I received from the staff, the visiting veterinarians, vet students, the people in the communities, and most of all, from the positive effect we had on the animals, further proved what a special profession this is. I learned that positive changes in animal health and welfare come from more than just the veterinary medical care we provide. It also requires moments spent interacting with communities and setting a positive example in order to create long-term, sustainable solutions. This incredible experience opened my eyes to a broader perspective on the veterinary field and our role in community health. Whether you’re a veterinary technician, pre-vet student, vet student, or veterinarian, I HIGHLY recommend this program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with World Vets in the summer of 2016 on a One Health project. I am an engineering student and worked with a multidisciplinary team that included veterinarians, med students, vet students and an environmental science student. We worked in a community where World Vets has been providing veterinary services for many years. The positive impact of World Vets was clearly evident and our goal was to expand upon that to help the community at the intersection of animal health, human health and the environment. World Vets really cares about these communities and the work that they do to help animals is impacting lives far beyond just animal care. It was inspiring to see so many skilled professionals coming together to make a difference. Seeing firsthand the work that World Vets does was very eye opening and I am a true believer in their cause and the work that they do. They have helped tens of thousands of animals in Nicaragua and this is just one of the many countries where they work. I can't say enough good things about all they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am about to do my 4th trip with World Vets, and consider myself fortunate to work with such a dedicated organization. The service they provide to communities is amazing. They deal with pet (and stray) overpopulation, as well as addressing health concerns with animals that otherwise would not receive veterinary care. The trips are very well organized, the local groups that are partnered with are a pleasure to work with, and the pet owners are so grateful. As a veterinarian for over 25 years, I would have to say that I have had some of my most rewarding experiences on these projects.

AlexandraSava

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no enough stars, this charity surely deserves more than 5.
I have worked with World Vets as a partner in 2 campaigns in Galati, Romania in whch about 500 dogs and cats has been neutered.
All volunteers were very organised, well trained, and vets were awesome!
World Vets is a professional charity, I am honored because I was able to work with Karen Allum and rest of World Vets volunteers!

Kind regards,
Alexandra Sava from Sava's Safe Haven

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about the extraordinary group, World Vets. As a Veterinarian from the United States, the opportunity to travel and experience a beautiful foreign country while helping local communities and animals, and teaching veterinary students surgical and medical skills was life-changing. I am blessed to have spent 8 days in Nicaragua learning and teaching and dazzling over a new country and its culture. World Vets is so important to the people and animals it helps in each community worldwide. As volunteers we are able to see how far donations help animals and people firsthand. What an inspiring group of men and women who work tirelessly to make the world a better place for animals and people through World Vets! I will proudly volunteer with them in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as a pre-veterinary student in the IVM program in the winter of 2015. The program was logistically well organized from the moment I arrived in Granada, Nicaragua to departure. My participation in the program allowed me to gain hands-on clinical skills and exposure to large animals that I did not have living in an NYC. The staff was knowledgeable and patient which created a conducive learning environment for the students.
I also met some amazing people on the trip. It was inspiring to be around a group of individuals that not only share a love for animals but also have a passion for service and connecting with people.
I can't say enough about World Vets and the work they do and look forward to volunteering again soon

1 vaneh_allahverdi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Vets inspired and motivated me more than another other organization I've worked with! The volunteer programs are well-organized and extremely helpful with practicing and improving technical skills at all levels. Through this program, I met mentors and friends that continue to inspire me and guide me through my career in veterinary medicine. World Vets has everything I looked for as an aspiring veterinarian looking to expand my perspectives and experience in international outreach programs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mi experiencia en world vets sin duda ha sido la mejor en mi vida, cambio mi expectativa con los animales, me hice muchísimo más sensible al dolor de esos pequeños que no tienen voz que antes, aprendí muchísimo de cirugía al punto de querer a futuro dedicarme exclusivamente a eso y la ayuda que la organización brinda a personas que lo necesitan es extraordinaria, me encanta el trabajo que hacen y me encantó ser parte su organización durante mis pasantías.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Eli_3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Marta3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got to chance to be part of a great team once again this year and it´s getting better and better every time. It´s always an honor to work with wonderful professionals with skilled hands and the kindness hearth. The synergy generated is invaluable when a group of people committed to animal welfare work together to improve the quality of life of the pets of families in the neediest communities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Soy parte de una organización en Paraguay que se llama Adoptame con amor y responsabilidad, nosotros soiicitamos la visita de World Vets y este año en setiembre tuvimos la grata oportunidad de recibir al equipo y trabajar con ellos en favor de los animales del Bañado, una de las zonas urbanas más pobres de la capital.
El sentimiento en común de otros voluntarios como yo fue de admiración hacia la profesionalidad, entrega, solidaridad y cariño sincero hacia los animales que en todo momento demostraron todos y cada uno de los miembros del equipo. Cada día terminaba con veterinarios acostados entre las mantas que cubrian a los animales para darles más calor y ayudarlos a recuperarse.
Nuestra organización tenía un poco de experiencia realizando jornadas de castración ya que sabemos que es el único camino posible para evitar tantos animales abandonados en las calles, pero la experiencia de World Vets nos ayudó a cambiar los protocolos de anestesia, a lograr una mayor asepsia, a hacer más simple para lograr mayor volumen y más seguridad. Con insumos que nos dejaron hemos continuado la labor de castrar y esperamos seguir haciéndolo con la siguiente visita.
Para nosotros fue un placer conocerlos, no solo como veterinarios sino como personas cálidas y profundamente humanas!
Luego de la visita tuve oportunidad de escuchar la conferencia de Cathy y comprender mejor la misión de la organización, eso cambió bastante mi visión de lo que es necesario para cambiar la vida de los animales en mi ciudad. Anteriormente solo trabajábamos con animales sin dueño que eran abandonados en las calles pero puede comprender la importancia de ayudar a las personas que no tienen recursos suficientes para hacerse cargo de sus mascotas. Ya que las crías abandonadas en cajas en las calles como realidad cotidiana solo cambiará cuando los animales que viven en familia estén castrados. Esperamos con ansia la siguiente visita ya que sabemos que podremos compartir el sueño común de más y más animales viviendo con mayor salud y bienestar.

2 evyohrstrom

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.