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.
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.
These videos were filmed and produced by one the the participants, Dr. James Ransom, a volunteer veterinarian from San Diego.
The first is a teaser with a collection of shots followed by three separate videos of our time in Guatemala.