Our organization provides high quality spay and neuter field clinics in Central America in accordance with International Humane Society Guidelines - "Field Services"
Vida operates field clinics in accordance with the International Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association -Field Services Guidelines which emphasizes on patient and volunteer safety, high quality pain management protocols, appropriate post-operative care, and the ethical participation of volunteers in surgical procedures. The AVMA and AVS say the following about student participation in field clinics:
“It is the opinion of the American Veterinary Medical Association that surgery performed for non-research purposes on any animal is the practice of veterinary medicine that requires extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medicine. Therefore, instruction of NON-VETERINARY students in surgical procedures is not advocated.”
“The ASV encourages veterinary students to take advantage of opportunities to participate in spay neuter events both within the United States and abroad. These events can provide valuable practical experience. In addition, they serve to increase awareness of and efforts aimed at solving the overpopulation problem. Students are cautioned, however, to participate only in those programs that meet ‘The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs’ published in the July 1, 2008 Journal of the AVMA and only to the extent that is appropriate for their level of education. Student surgeons require direct supervision and mentoring by the designated responsible veterinarians. Students should not participate in surgical programs that are not in compliance with local veterinary practice regulations. Pre-veterinary students and veterinary technicians should not perform surgeries.”
Objective: Population control
Patient safety and volunteer safety are our number one priorities. All procedures performed at our local field clinics are the responsibility of the licensed Vida Veterinarian in charge of the clinic. Participants are not liable for any procedures or surgical outcomes. A licensed bilingual veterinarian will perform the surgical procedures.
You will receive training and supervision in the Intake area from our licensed bilingual veterinarians. Skills that will be learned or enhanced include the following: Basic patient physical exams and assessments, vital signs, catheter placement, sedation techniques, anesthesia induction, intubation, and proper surgical preparation.
Veterinary program volunteers are allowed to observe and assist the bilingual licensed veterinarian in charge of the surgery at this station. The surgical experience will consist of one based one your skill and experience which will be assessed by the licensed bilingual veterinary professional who will be supervising you. Skills that will be learned or enhanced include feline and canine anatomy, ovariohysterectomy and pre-scrotal neuter technique surgical skills, instrument identification and handling, suture skills and different suturing patterns proper sanitation and sterilization of surgical instruments in field clinics, as well as biohazard waste control techniques. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist the veterinarian in surgery and participate in monitoring anesthesia and vital signs while documenting the surgery in the medical chart. This is an amazing chance to gain invaluable experience to help prepare you for a career in veterinary medicine and at the same time, help animals in need.
You will rotate through this station to provide continuity of care to your patients. This station is dedicated to monitoring and documenting patient recovery. You will learn and enhance your skills in removing catheters, proper ex-tubation techniques, de-worming, nail trimming and ear cleaning all under the direct supervision of our licensed bilingual veterinarians. You will also assist in filling prescriptions for the take home analgesics and antibiotics for your patients according to Vida protocols. As the final step you will discharge the patient and give post-op care instructions to the owner with the help of our staff.
We encourage all volunteers to gather monetary donations or help us with the items listed below. Please keep in mind that Vida will NOT accept any types of medication or any other item not listed.
Volunteers should engage community members, church members, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, local physicians, dentists and vets in assisting them with gathering these donations. This is a great way to gain support and understanding from your community as to the needs of those in Central America. Don’t underestimate the value of clothing, shoes, baby items, stickers, bubbles, toys, crayons, coloring books, etc. for the children at the clinics. If anyone would like to make a financial contribution, they can do so on the PayPal pageon our website.
Vida is in great need of intake and tool chests, which we utilize in our mobile clinics for General Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine. We ask that you please bring 2 of each of these boxes as donations on your upcoming Vida adventure. You can fill them with donations, and check them as luggage with your airline. These boxes can be bought at hardware stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot for between $50 and $80 each.