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WorldVets Experience

Hoedspruit, South Africa

Ann Marie Picone from Ross University

Like most vet students, I have known I wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember. As a child, I also developed a healthy obsession with The Lion King and dreamed of one day traveling to Africa to see all the animals from the movie up close and personal. This summer, I was fortunate enough to fulfill this dream – I completed a two week program with SA WorldVets in Hoedspruit, South Africa. During the program, we worked with Dr. Chris Bosshof, an exotic animal vet who has the largest clientele in South Africa. We worked with a variety of hoofstock including impala, inyala, sable, rowan, and cape buffalo. We even got to assist with capture and relocation of three giraffes! He also taught us about the different darting methods and drugs used to immobilize wildlife, and we got to shoot a dart gun on the ground and in the air from a helicopter! Our work days were long, but we did have other “excursion” days where we took part in more tourist activities like touring Kruger National Park, visiting Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Center, and driving the Panorama Route. This trip was truly a life changing experience and I recommend it for anyone considering a career in zoo and wildlife medicine! 



Alexander Robb, V’13
Tufts University
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

I never would have guessed that scrambling eggs would be an important moment in the course my veterinary education.  This summer, such a seemingly mundane act took on a much larger significance.  For a week in July, I traveled to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua with WorldVets to participate in a small animal spay/neuter campaign.  San Juan del Sur is a beautiful coastal town with many nice shops and restaurants lining the beach,remarkably friendly people, and an unfortunately limited supply of regular veterinary care.  Our group of veterinarians, veterinary students, technicians, and volunteers spent a week in town, with three days totally dedicated to clinical procedures.  We spayed, neutered, enucleated, drained abscesses, repaired wounds, did healthy consultations, and administered medication for over 400 animals in that short period of time.  For some in our group, the highlight of the trip was their first spay, for others it was treating a crocodile with a wound or a monkey with a urinary tract infection.  For me, it was one dog in particular. Laica in her body suit Her name is Laica, and the fact that I can still use “is” to describe her, is amazing.

Laica came into our clinic on the second day for a routine spay.  I wasn’t involved in her surgery, but there weren’t any complications that we were aware of while she was under our supervision and care.  Once ready to go home, she was discharged to her owners with instructions to keep her inside for the next day and keep a close eye on her as she recovered.

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