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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. 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

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1 Veterinaria V.

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!

Previous Stories

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.