WORLD VETS IN SJdS,NICARAGUA (PART 2)
Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
60Trip End Apr 01, 2011
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During the time I spent working as a volunteer with the World Vets I am happy to report that we were responsible for performing 123 spay/neuters and saw over 350 "out patients". According to our Team Leader Dr. Winnie Krogman, these were very good numbers !
I really must commend this team of experts from all over the U.S. and Canada. If you came to the clinic during the three days and actually witnessed the professional manner in which these Dr.'s, tech's and assistants worked, you would be as impressed as I was. The actual clinic was set-up in the former SJdS Police station.Picnic tables were set-up in the main lobby, and two areas were set aside for "pre op" and "recovery". During the three days I was there it looked more like an army "M.A.S.H." unit, but functioned like clockwork!! These World Vet's really know what they are doing,and I am happy to report that we didn't lose a patient!
Starting at 8:00 am every morning, until 6:00 pm the World Vet's performed dog and cat spay/neuter's.
For 3 days I volunteered in the post operation recovery room. Here the "patients" were given a variety of pain medications, antibiotics , flea & tick removal, etc.....until they had made a full recovery, and were reunited with their owner's.
After 72 pretty intense hours, we finished with the last surgery in the mid afternoon. Overall it was a very successful 3 day clinic. There are many local people that I must mention because if it were not for these people I doubt it would have run so smoothly! Firstly a HUGE thank you to Cathy and George Knight.This couple worked around the clock to provide food,laundry,communication and a whole lot more!! (Cathy speaks fluent Spanish) I think George stayed up all night to wash all the sheets, blankets and towels!! What a guy :-)
This is Cathy. She made sure everything ran smoothly, and she headed up the volunteer group responsible for feeding all the World Vet's.Cathy is very well known and respected in San Juan del Sur.We were all very happy she had so much to offer :-)
Another big "Thank you" to Big Wave Dave, for providing a generator on our last day! Yup, we had a scheduled power outage from 10-5 yesterday, but Big Wave Dave came through and made it possible for us to make it to the end.
Muchas Gracias to four of my favorite gal pal's Sandra, Trudy,Anna, and Miss Renda Sue ! I love these ladies.They provided the food for the World Vet's, and Sandra and her husband George invited the entire World Vet team to their home at Pelican Eye's for a fabulous farewell dinner!
Honorable mention to LB from ElBeestro for the yummy chicken kababs!
Another local individual that needs to be recognized for her tireless efforts is Heather "Blue" van Doorninck. Blue brought about 20 dogs from her barrio in Escamequita. She stayed all day at the clinic and waited for all the dog's to come out of recovery. She bought lunches for many of the pet owner's, and she shuttled pet's and people all day! Then as if that were not enough, she brought several cases of cold beer for the World vet's Team at the end of the 3 day clinic.!! Thanks Blue......you are awesome XOX
At the after party, held at Sandra and George Cooper's fabulous Casa on top of Pelican Eye's
So nice to see all the World Vet volunteer's relaxing after a long three days in the clinic!
Lastly, but certainly not least, I would like to thank all the pet owner's of San Juan del Sur, who took the time to bring their pets to the World Vet's. I know it was not an easy task for many of these people to do, but I believe these pets are very lucky to have someone to love them :-)
It is all about "The love of animals"...........Once again, from the bottom of my heart.......thank you Dr. Winnie and the rest of your team for giving me the most rewarding experience! Hope I see you all again next time.................
Oh ya, and finally............If I never see another tick, it will be too soon!!