I spent a little over two months working at SpayPanama and had a blast. As a Pre-Veterinary student this opportunity offered a great way to gain experience and will set my self apart from other applicants to vet school. While working there I learned how to prepare animals for surgery as well as take care of them afterwards. I became very proficient at shaving, expressing the bladder, giving SQ and IM injections, as well as tattooing and clipping the ears. Aside from just the hands on experience I was able to watch as many different types of surgeries as I pleased. It is a Pre-Veterinary student's dream. I understandable so, did not perform any surgeries because of my lack of education, however, many students from all over the world in veterinary school were able to and gained a great deal of valuable surgical experience. It is my goal to return once I am in vet school to follow in their footsteps. Not only did the clinic offer a great deal of hands on experience they also did so in a very welcoming and encouraging way. They always were quick to share a laugh and never hesitated to pull me aside and show me an interesting case. I made some really great friends and have created wonderful relationships that will remain for years to come. I recommend SpayPanama to anyone that is interested in Veterinary Medicine or just to those who desire contribute to the continuing effort to help improve the welfare of thousands of animals.
My time with Spay Panama was really great! I volunteered with a fellow vet student for three weeks. Everyone at Spay Panama made me feel very welcome and helped teach me many things during my time there (e.g. the quick spay method). I feel I gained many helpful skills that will prove useful for my future veterinary career and I have gained more confidence in my surgical skills. As well as getting veterinary experience in the clinic and at spay events, I got to experience different aspects of Panamanian culture and the team were great at showing us different parts and tourist sites in Panama City. Thanks to everyone who made my time at Spay Panama so wonderful.
I had an amazing experience with Spay Panama as a vet student. I did over 100 cat castrations and was also taught the quick spay method in cats. The experience has really increased my confidence in these surgical procedures. As well as improving my surgical skills, everyone at Spay was really lovely and took me and the other vet student with me on excursions all over Panama City. Thank you for the experience!
Spay Panama is making a huge difference to lives and welfare of stray dogs and cats and those owned by low income families. They offer very affordable, they accept not just cash but also fruit and vegetables, for the sterilization. As an expat living in Panama I was shocked and horrified by the number of dogs hit by cars at the side of the highway. After 3 visits by Spay Panama to local community the number of street dogs was greatly reduced. There were very few dead dogs. As a local volunteer people would come up to me to ask when is the next clinic. They understood the benefits of sterilizing their pets. At the clinics you could see the love they had for their pets and how happy they were knowing there would be no more babies.
Spay Panama is amazing and Panama is very lucky to have such a dedicated person at Pat Chang and her fabulous support staff. I feel honoured to have been a volunteer with them.
SpayPanama has been doing incredible, life-changing work throughout Panama for several years now. They have a dedicated team of veterinarians, volunteers, and staff that truly care about making a difference for animals in the country. I have been volunteering with SpayPanama for a few years, and am seeing a difference not only in the number of animals on the street, but in the mindset of people and how they treat animals. People are learning the importance of sterilizing their pets, which will ultimately make a difference in the long run. I would highly recommend working with SpayPanama for anyone who has a passion for cats and dogs and who wants to make a direct impact on improving animals' lives.
I spent 2 weeks at Spay Panama, and took part in a mega spay event as a volunteer (4th year veterinary student at Nottingham Uni). I would definitely recommend Spay Panama to anyone is that is thinking of volunteering, it is very well organised and I learned a lot of new skills over my time there. In the future I hope to return to Spay Panama and volunteer again, as I found the experience to be so beneficial and positive.
I am a final year veterinary student studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and I volunteered at Spay Panama for 2 weeks duration. This was singly the most rewarding work experience I have ever done during my time at veterinary school. The reason for this was because it was incredibly positive and wholesome.
Although I spoke virtually no Spanish, I was made to feel included in all aspects of the clinic, and information/procedures were explained to me clearly. Everyone there was friendly, and the atmosphere was that of a large extended family working together as one efficient unit with the sole purpose of improving the welfare of these animals. Support, immediate assistance, and positive reinforcement was consistently available to me if I ever needed help when I was working. My main objective was to practice my surgical technique and spay/castrate as many cats and dogs as I could. That expectation was surpassed immensely as there were hundreds of animals that I had the opportunity to work with. As an added bonus, at the end of each work day local volunteers would take me out for dinner and tourist excursions
Thanks to Spay Panama, I now feel incredibly more confident as a soon to be veterinarian, and gratified that I helped so many cats and dogs. Once I graduate as a veterinarian I will one hundred percent be returning to volunteer again, and contribute towards Spay Panama's Mission Statement!
I am a Vet Student from Edinburgh University and I volunteered with Spay Panama for 2 weeks in July 2015. I can honestly say that the team at Spay were the most hard working and dedicated people I have ever met. During my stay I helped out on one of their Spay Drives and I could not believe the skill and effort that went in to that weekend - from the organisation to the volume of operations carried out by the vets and the assistance by all the volunteers. Everything was so efficient and animals were moved from preparation to surgery to recovery seamlessly. The vets carried out back to back operations in the heat for 9 hours each day - very impressive!
I was very impressed with the quality of care provided to each animal, at Spay the animals really do come first. Even though the aim of the organisation is to help control populations, every animal is treated with the utmost care. The highest priority is the well-being of each animal (Even getting their ears cleaned and vitamins at the end of the operation!).
We helped out with the operations at the clinic in the mornings and then were taken out sightseeing in the afternoons. We were taken all over the city and learnt all about the history of Panama City by visiting areas like Casco Viejo and the ruins of the original city. I wasn't expecting to see so much during my brief time there!
I would like to finish my review by saying that everyone I met at Spay were so lovely and kind and I genuinely felt like part of a big family during my brief time there. Even though my Spanish is limited to a few badly pronounced words I felt honoured that people tried to speak English with me despite me not being able to speak Spanish! I want to thank everyone for making my time at Spay so special and I cannot wait to come back in the future if you'll have me!
Spay Panama has been true to their position in helping communities all over Panama. Patricia Chan and her very dedicated team are the most awesome and caring people we in El Valle have had the opportunity to work with. They are to me, the most heart felt community dog and cat caregivers on the planet. I have viewed first hand the love and care Spay Panama brings to many communities within our country of Panama. We applaud all of you. You Rock!!