World Vets is an award-winning non-profit that provides free veterinary aid and disaster relief in 39 developing countries. Their animal hospital in Granada, Nicaragua doubles as a teaching hospital. During school breaks they offer an International Veterinary Medicine Program, giving students like me the opportunity to gain clinical and practical veterinary experience while helping local animals and people.
The purpose of the trip is to provide much needed veterinary care to local animals, free of charge, while giving international students hands-on clinical training in an educational setting. We will provide spay/neuter surgeries as well as any additional medical treatments to pets and to homeless dogs and cats in the city of Granada. We will also hold an outreach clinic that will provide veterinary care for the pets, horses, and cattle of a nearby rural Nicaraguan community.
All services and treatments are provided at no cost to the community.
100% of all donations to my trip will apply directly to the volunteer program tuition ($1795), air fare, insurance, and vaccinations costs.
Those of you who know me know of my love for animals. I've volunteered as an animal rescuer here in Brooklyn for the past 10 years and care for a beloved colony of feral cats. Last year I decided to go back to school full-time to become a licensed veterinary technician to expand the ways in which I can help animals. I'm grateful to have found a vocation that is both meaningful to me and to many animals and their people.
If you've ever traveled in a developing country, you know how heart-breaking it is to see so many dogs, cats, and other animals in desperate need of care. World Vets truly makes a difference in the lives of these animals. The work that they do is win-win for everyone involved: the animals, the community, and on this particular trip, the students.
The focus of most academic vet tech training progams is just that - academics. You don't typically receive much hands-on clinical training until your internship. Getting hands-on pre-, surgical, and post-op instruction in an educational setting like the one offered by World Vets is invaluable. I hope to continue to give back by volunteering with them in the future once I am a licensed tech!
I encourage you to explore their website and learn more about the IVM program, this amazing organization, and their work.
If you wish to support my trip with a donation, you can do so directly through this secure site. If you'd like to contribute but would prefer to do so with a personal check, just send me a message.
Your support will provide these animals with the care that they need and will help me to become the best vet tech I can be. Thank you!
Photos and video courtesy of World Vets
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