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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Alexandra Sava from Sava's Safe Haven
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.
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