As a veterinarian I have always strived to help my patients live longer and healthier lives. It is in my DNA to relieve suffering and help owners to better care for their pets. I also believe strongly in improving the human / animal bond. Whether it be a family with their family pet or a tribal member tending his flock of sheep to provide food and clothing, this bond is important and exists worldwide. This relationship we have with animals is universal.
My experience doing veterinary relief work in New Orleans after hurricanes Katrina and Rita kindled in me a passion for doing humanitarian work especially in third world countries. I am fluent in french and would also like to continue my studies in spanish. I am a private practice owner. Because of this I have not had the time or the means to pursue my passion for foreign service. I have always felt a strong connection with organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Heifers International. I feel it is the responsibility of wealthy countries to reach out and provide service and aid to countries less fortunate. I do not feel this aid should be given freely, but should include education to help provide the means for a self sustaining community.
When I heard about the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) at my Alma Mater, Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, something clicked. My first thought was “I wish there had been something like that when I was in school”. As luck would have it, I found out that the IVSA was planning a trip to Nicaragua and they need veterinarians to act as teachers and mentors. I feel this could be the first step in realizing my dream of foreign service. The IVSA is an exemplary program that couples humanitarian aid with the education of up and coming veterinarians. It provides students with hands on, in the trenches experience in conditions that are less than ideal. This teaches resiliency, creativity, and tenacity. More importantly, this program provides the many thousands of animals in Nicaragua with top notch, free medical care. And it educates the people of Nicaragua to better care for their animals. Its a win win situation.
I want to be a part of this wonderful humanitarian mission, but I have to pay my own way and I will not be compensated for my time. Because I am a private practice owner, I am obligated to reinvest in the practice and I carry a significant debt load. Leaving my practice for 2 weeks means I not only forfeit my own pay, but must also pay for a relief veterinarian. I am reaching out to you to help me realize my dream. Any donations received above the cost of plane fare and living expenses will be used to purchase medical supplies to be used to increase the number of animals that we can help.
Thank you for you consideration,
Jane E Linville-Wiens, DVM
If you want to learn more about the IVSA and their humanitarian projects in Nicaragua, please visit their website athttp://stuorgs.oregonstate.edu/ivsa
Here are some stats:
2014 Veterinary Service Trip to Nicaragua Statistics
20 OSU veterinary students 1 Translator
6 days of clinics, each consisting of:
81 Small animal spays and neuters (dogs and cats)
242 Small animal wellness exams
22 Large animal castrations (horses and pigs)
141 Large animal wellness exams, including 11 equine dentals 53 animals seen on farm calls
One student research project
1 community seminar consisting of:
Small Animal IDEXX 4Dx SNAP Plus test results (n = 27) & IDEXX Heartworm SNAP test results (n=27): 3.7% Heartworm positive
74% Ehrlichia positive 0% Lyme positive
22% Anaplasma positive
Equine IDEXX 4Dx SNAP Plus test results (n = 13): 30.8% Ehrlichia positive
0% Anaplasma positive Canine fecal results (n=143):
51.7% Hookworm positive 3.5% Roundworm positive 2% Tapeworm positive 0.7% Whipworm positive 0.7% Coccidia positive
Large animal fecal results (n=12): 53% strongyles positive
6% Parascaris equorum positive 6% Tapeworm positive
220 dogs treated, including 36 spays, 35 neuters, 2 mass removals, 1 dental extraction 18 cats treated, including 5 spays, 5 neuters
4 rabbits treated
97 horses treated, including 11 castrations, 9 pregnancy checks, and 11 dentals
40 pigs treated, including 9 castrations and 4 omphalitis repair 2 cattle treated, including 1 castration, 1 omphalitis repair
2 goats treated including 1 castration
53 animals seen on farm calls
436 animals seen in total!