Help the Tropical Pets
Organized by: Tabby Wright
The Veterinary Field Training Mission is an amazing opportunity in Nicaragua. A team of Auburn veterinary students including myself will lead pre-vet students, vet technicians, and other civilians who desire to help animals in need. As we travel to different sites in Nicaragua, we will be instructing veterinary topics such as animal conservancy and assist in veterinary procedures such as spaying and neutering animals in need. We will work closely with local veterinarians to spay/neuter and give physicals to pets to help control the animal population. We will be teaching veterinary skills we’ve obtained while in vet school, similar to what you’d see in a clinic. This will allow students to get a hands-on experience on a variety of animals. With your help, I will be able to teach proper veterinary techniques in this developing country.
Since animal care in developing countries is not standard practice and is considered more of an indulgence, animals tend to fend for themselves. It is essential to control the animal populations to ensure that they are balanced and protected, which is something I aim to influence by working with the local community. While a majority of the locals are open to the idea of sterilizing their animals, it is ultimately unaffordable or not prioritized. This program is not only valuable to me as a veterinary student, but also to the community of Nicaragua. Not only will our group be performing spays and neuters, but also performing physicals on the locals’ livestock to ensure that their source of food and income is in adequate health.
Being a team member with the Veterinary Field Training Mission would be a humbling experience and an amazing educational benefit that one cannot obtain in the classroom. In order for me to make this dream a reality, it will cost approximately $1,500, nearly $800 for airfare and $700 for the program itself, living expenses, and additional travel costs. Any contribution that you would like to give would be more than greatly appreciated by both me and all of the animals we will be able to help in Nicaragua!