2011 Guatemala Mission

In late February, Dr. Baird flew to Guatemala with a World Vets veterinary team to provide much needed care for animals in the highland area. World Vets is a US based non-profit group that provides aid for animals throughout the world.
This veterinary team went to the Lake Atitlan area for a pilot project to provide a large scale sterilization campaign.  "Roaming" dogs are often a problem in this area as they travel in packs and are quite territorial. Our mission goal was to assist local efforts in humanely controlling the "roaming" dog population as well as contribute to the public health and safety of the communities around the lake. 
The mission was a great success and many dogs and cats were spayed, neutered, dewormed, vaccinated and treated for fleas and ticks. Surgery was performed in Santa Catarina and a nearby community, San Pedro.
Below are photos taken from this mission. Dr. Baird hopes to have the opportunity to join World Vets for projects in the future as well. 
http://www.worldvets.org/

If you are interested in learning more about World Vets
or to donate or volunteer for a mission, please see their website at http://www.worldvets.org.



Our first day in Antigua, en route to Santa Catarina....

                         

            


               

The beauty of Lake Atitlan and environs......

           

Santa Catarina and surgery time......






To San Pedro by boat for the last day of surgery...











Our last day in Guatemala...
we explored a nature preserve, gorgeous gardens, a chenille factory (A Thread of Hope)  
and market day in Solola and the town of Panajachel.... what a fascinating country.