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!! :)
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
I am a veterinary student with a focus on working equid medicine in developing countries. While in Granada, Nicaragua last year, I had the privilege of touring World Vet's Latin American Veterinary Training Center and was so impressed by the sustainability of their impact on that community. This past summer I returned to Nicaragua to participate in their IVM training program. Not only did I get amazing hands on experience with small animal sterilization surgeries, but I also got to help the equine community on our outreach day. My favorite aspect of this particular trip, is that it allows participants to get a mix of equine and small animal medicine experience. I would recommend this as an invaluable experience for any veterinary or pre-veterinary student.
World Vets staff cares about giving animals the best care possible. These people give up their lives to educate the people of developing nations about veterinary medicine. The veterinary medicine is held to the same standard of care that you can find in any hospital in a developed country. And these people do it with a smile and a laugh. Through this opportunity veterinary students from all countries as well as pre-vet and technician students can also learn how to practice high quality veterinary medicine. Through this trip I learned not only surgical and clinical skills that I will keep with me throughout my career, but also about my passion for veterinary medicine and the amazing people who work in this field and share my passion for animals.