Dr. Dana has returned from yet another World Vets project. This time she was asked to be the Team Leader for an equine project in Nicaragua. She put together the “want” list of items needed for a successful trip to treat the working equines, and coordinated getting them in to Nicaragua. She met up with the team at the airport and all were taken to the hotel. Once there, they met up with Dr. Tom Parker who initially started the equine project in Nicaragua several years ago.
The next day, strategizing and organizing began to insure each minute was productive. Three local veterinarians from Nicaragua, along with several vet students offered their help. Gear was loaded up and trucked to the remote sites. Two days were spent in the town of Granada. One day was spent out in the country in a town called Diriomo, and one day spent in town a few miles away called Masaya.
This project targeted the working equines that pull the tourist carriages and the horses that pull carts used to deliver various items. The majority of horses are not considered pets. They have jobs to do that help their owners make a living. World Vets wants to educate the owners in good animal care to ensure both horse and human live long productive lives. Along with providing veterinary care, the team educated and problem solved to help the horse owners utilize what resources they have to help keep the horses safe and healthy.
The days were full of owners and their horses-each with different and unique needs. Hoof care, dental care, deworming, vaccines, and wound care were administered to the horses. The team also performed 10 castrations. World Vets Equine “passports” were given to each animal’s owner to record the care given that day. These passports, or health records, will be used for future clinics as a way for both the owners and the World Vets team to document the care the horse has received.
The total of horses seen for the 4 days was over 326! Dr. Tom mentioned that he could see a difference in the horses that had returned from previous clinics. The owners were also seeing the difference in their horses and that was one of the primary goals! The trust between the drivers and the World Vets teams is growing stronger with each visit to Nicaragua. This is a winning combination for the horses!
Dr. Dana took the opportunity to teach skills and share her knowledge with the vet students and volunteers on the team. The students were able to have hands on experience and gained a lot of insight to equine health care. The local veterinarians also gained extensive knowledge and horse handling skills.
All in all it was a very constructive and positive trip! Thanks to your donations, World Vets continues to support and help the animals, and the condition of the horses reflects the efforts of all involved!
Thank you on behalf of these hard working horses and their grateful owners.
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” ~Mother Theresa