Since 2007, OSU International Veterinary Student Association has been putting together volunteers to set up a small free clinic on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua. From their first trip that contained 8 students and 1 veterinarian. 40 patients were seen. To their most recent trip in 2017 which contained 22 OSU Veterinary Students, 5 Veterinary Technicians, 3 Tuskegee Veterinary Students, 1 OSU Masters of Public Health Student and 5 Veterinarians. 646 animals were seen! The 2017 Veterinarians included Dr. Elizabeth York, a large animal surgeon from Tuskegee University, Dr. Nicky Poole from Virginia, Dr. Hernan Montilla from Florida, Dr. Breeana Beechler, OSU faculty, worked on the public health part of the clinic (see related story in Animal Connection). And our very own Dr. Dan Lewer!
The Ometepe Island is home to an estimated 10,000 rural people and around 50,000 animals. The community relies on its donkeys, cows, horses, pigs and chickens for food, work and transport. In addition, there is a large population of stray dogs on the island which can spread disease and causes a public health concern. Since 2007, this program has made a visible change on the over-population of strays.
OSU veterinary students plan, organize and fund the trip independently. The total for travel expenses, medical supplies needed for the trip averages about $1,500 per student. You can help support these students by adopting a Nicaraguan animal for only $20. “In exchange, you will receive a photo and a story about the animal that was in our care, including a description of the type of care provided for the animal.” says Kristin Wineinger, IVSA co-chair. If you would like more information about this amazing trip or donate, visit http:/stuorgs.oregonstate.edu/ivsa/donate.
Checkout what was done!
184 Dogs Treated: 47 spays, 20 neuters, 1 distemper case, 1 mass removal, 1 TVT surgery, and 1 laceration repair.
42 cats Treated: 11 spays and 9 neuters.
7 Rabbits were treated including a neuter.
158 Horses Treated: 7 castrations, 5 pregnancy checks, 5 dentals, and 1 cryptorchid castration
63 Pigs Treated: 7 castrations and 3 hernia repairs 6 Goats
298 Animals seen on farmsIn the last 10 years, over 4,000 animals have been seen and treated. Many are returning patients.
A Community Seminar was also given this year for the community. This year they learned about Parasite Education and Hand Washing/ Sanitation.
Thank you for letting us be apart of this life changing experience! Until next year…