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.
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.
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!
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.
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 ¡
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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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! :)
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.
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!
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.
Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic
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!
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!
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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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.
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!!
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
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!
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!! :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!