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The World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program in Granada, Nicaragua implements and manages international veterinary & disaster relief programs to improve the health & well-being of animals, by providing free veterinary care and training in developing countries. By doing so, this program also aims to prevent the spread of diseases from animals to humans, in addition to educating the people living in these communities about proper animal care and disease control. This summer, I have the amazing opportunity to enhance my veterinary education and travel to Nicaragua & work with the World Vets team to help spay, neuter and provide medical treatment to dogs and cats in need. These animals are either homeless, or owned by members of the community who would otherwise not be able to afford proper medical care. These surgeries will help to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats within and around the city, as well as reduce their incidence of developing certain medical problems in the future as a result of not being sterilized. In addition to performing surgeries, we will be attending community outreach clinics to interact with local residents and evaluate, vaccinate, deworm and treat their pets, often for conditions not commonly seen in the United States.
Unfortunately, as many of you know, the cost of Veterinary education is NOT cheap. Relying on student loans makes it difficult to fund this amazing opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and participate in the World Vets program. Donations in ANY amount would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to ask me any questions about the program, and thank you in advance for your support in my Veterinary career and the Nicaraguan community!