U.S. veterinary students & veterinarians, as well as Nicaraguan veterinary professionals, have come together to organize veterinary outreach clinics in underserved Northwest Nicaraguan communities and in the process, inform the public of proper health protocols, all while getting worthwhile experience in the field. We hope to grow as an organization and spread our outreach to other locations around the world.
Many Nicaraguan communities don't have access to veterinary services and as a result, many animals are left untreated. Without proper treatment and access to veterinary care, many families are unaware of general animal welfare techniques and practices. Veterinary students have come together to change this and in the process, inform the public of proper health protocols, all while getting worthwhile experience in the field.
An increasing number of community members are becoming aware of the importance of proper animal healthcare with the help of Nicaraguan volunteers spreading the word of our clinic days and of Nicaraguan families telling friends by word of mouth. General animal welfare has improved throughout the communities that IVO visits and it's clear to us that these animals mean a great deal to these families when they are willing to come from hours away and wait all day to have them checked.
With spays, castrations, proper vaccinations, and knowledge of animal welfare, the animals in the communities will not only be healthier, but something as simple as regular flea and tick removal can contribute to improved community health. We like to encourage children from the communities to come to our clinics so they can learn about general healthcare for the animals. We not only teach the members of the community, but we also inspire them to work towards a healthier and safer community.