Small Animal Field Projects: More than just Spay/Neuter
Members of Team Peru 2016 perform surgery
World Vets operates multiple international field service projects throughout the year. These veterinary field projects provide direct veterinary services and care to animals in need on a large scale over a short amount of time, and may target small animals, equines and/or livestock. To aid in the delivery of such assistance, we have volunteer opportunities that not only facilitate quality veterinary care but also enable individuals to be a part of the work that we do around the world.
One big misconception about small animal field projects is that spay/neuter is the only service or surgery provided. While sterilizations do make up the bulk of surgeries performed, our teams encounter a variety of patient cases, which often times require emergency or special procedures to be undertaken. On our most recent campaign held in Peru, we saw and treated a variety of such cases, including but not limited to tumor or mass removals, a perineal urethrostomy, eye nucleation, and a complicated pyometra.
With that being said, our small animal field projects help to control the small animal population. However, they also provide much relief for patients in unique circumstances and lend expertise in tackling such special cases.
A World Vets First: Veterinary Pilot Project held in India
Members of Team India 2016
During the month of July World Vets sent a veterinary team to India to carry out our first campaign ever held on the subcontinent. Over four days our team worked alongside local veterinarians to provide free sterilizations as well as health consultations for the small animal population of Mysuru (formerly known as Mysore).
We'd like to thank our local partners as well as our dedicated group of volunteers who made this pilot project a great one!
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World Vets CEO Dr Cathy King had the honor of being the keynote commencement speaker at Western University College of Veterinary Medicine's 2016 graduation held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate at the ceremony. Congratulations to all of the amazing and talented veterinary students at Western U and worldwide who are now doctors. The future of our profession is in very capable hands!
It is a great privilege to have so many of these bright minds and compassionate professionals working alongside us at World Vets, making the world a better place for animals. We couldn't do it without you!
August 24 - 30, 2016
We have two volunteer positions (for assistant, tech or student) that have just become available on our upcoming small animal field service project to Romania!