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Learn more about volunteering internationally with VETS: April 23rd, 5-7pm EST in Ottawa

Learn more about volunteering internationally with VETS: April 23rd, 5-7pm EST in Ottawa

Are you passionate about making a difference on a global scale? Do you dream of volunteering overseas and empowering communities in need? Then mark your calendars for an event you won't want to miss...

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Ask an Expert: How has the animal health landscape changed in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion?

Ask an Expert: How has the animal health landscape changed in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion?

Born and raised in Ukraine, VWB's Daria Kuznetsova has witnessed, first-hand, the impacts of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. She tackles the current state of animal health in Ukraine and how things have changed since the start of the war started in 2022.

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Bridging Science and Tradition: VWB bursary recipient, Jessie Olson’s, work on caribou health

Bridging Science and Tradition: VWB bursary recipient, Jessie Olson’s, work on caribou health

Across northern Canada, Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) collaborates with remote communities, responding to their invitations to address animal care needs. Together with community representatives, we develop comprehensive plans to enhance local capacity, organizing temporary veterinary clinics staffed by dedicated volunteers.

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VWB Partner Spotlight: Meet the courageous animal health champions helping Ukraine's animals

VWB Partner Spotlight: Meet the courageous animal health champions helping Ukraine's animals

Across Ukraine’s frontlines, one extraordinary group of animal health experts are risking their lives to bring urgently needed care to animals that have been caught in the crosshairs of the war.

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Providing food security in Gaza: A note from our Executive Director, Charmaine Brett

Providing food security in Gaza: A note from our Executive Director, Charmaine Brett

At this critical time, Veterinarians Without Borders North America is announcing an important initiative in Gaza, in collaboration with our local partner.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: On and Off the Beaten Path in Laos

VETS Volunteer Voices: On and Off the Beaten Path in Laos

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This blog (part 1 of 5) was contributed by Izabela Wlodarczyk, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Laos (Feb-June 2024).

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In Memoriam: A Tribute to Our Beloved Board Member, Dr. Theresa Bernardo (DVM, MSc)

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Our Beloved Board Member, Dr. Theresa Bernardo (DVM, MSc)

Tribute to a cherished member of the VWB Canada Board of Directors, Dr. Theresa Bernardo (DVM, MSc). Dr. Bernardo passed away suddenly last week after a brief battle with ALS, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and dedication to the advancement of international veterinary medicine, animal health, public health, and teaching..

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Harvesting Hope: Empowering Women through Cricket Farming in Rural Cambodia

Harvesting Hope: Empowering Women through Cricket Farming in Rural Cambodia

In the heart of rural Cambodia, women are rewriting the narrative of rural livelihoods, harnessing the power of cricket farming to secure brighter futures for themselves and their families.

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Transforming Lives Amidst Crisis: Veterinarians Without Borders' goat farming initiative in war-torn Ukraine

Transforming Lives Amidst Crisis: Veterinarians Without Borders' goat farming initiative in war-torn Ukraine

In 2023, we implemented an agricultural program in Ukraine to help train small-scale farmers and other community members in raising goats. This not only is helping communities with limited access to resources due to the war, but also ensuring that goats are being cared for with best farming practices.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Making a Difference in Kenya

VETS Volunteer Voices: Making a Difference in Kenya

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! This story was contributed by K. Calahan, a Communications Volunteer with VETS in Kenya in February 2024.

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3 Veterinarians Without Borders volunteers share their northern experiences

3 Veterinarians Without Borders volunteers share their northern experiences

As teams arrive in Iqaluit for the first spring rotation of clinics in Canada’s Arctic, three volunteers reflect on their experiences.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Charmaine Brett, Executive Director, VWB North America

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Charmaine Brett, Executive Director, VWB North America.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Dr. Michelle Tuma (DVM), Northern Canada Veterinary Specialist, VWB North America

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Dr. Michelle Tuma (DVM), Northern Canada Veterinary Specialist, VWB North America.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Daria Kuznetsova, VWB Country Program Manager, Ukraine

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Daria Kuznetsova, VWB Country Program Manager in Ukraine.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Jennifer Ogeer (BSc, DVM, MSc, MBA, MA), Board Member & Chair, VWB North America

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Jennifer Ogeer (BSc, DVM, MSc, MBA, MA), Board Member & Chair, VWB North America.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Esther Mburu, VWB Country Program Manager, Kenya

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Esther Mburu, VWB Country Program Manager in Kenya.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Dave in Kenya, January 2024

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Dave in Kenya, January 2024

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Dr. Dave Douglas (DVM), a volunteer with VWB's VETS Program, who spent time in Kenya.

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Northern Collaboration: Crafting Doghouses for Arctic Canine Comfort

Northern Collaboration: Crafting Doghouses for Arctic Canine Comfort

This past November, 10 doghouse flat packs embarked on a journey to the Arctic, bringing warmth and protection to dogs facing harsh winter conditions.

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Unleashing Hope in the North: Meet Jocelyn Skeard, northern community liaison with Veterinarians Without Borders

Unleashing Hope in the North: Meet Jocelyn Skeard, northern community liaison with Veterinarians Without Borders

As a longtime community member, community liaison, and key stakeholder in establishing the Veterinarians Without Borders North America (VWB) clinics, Jocelyn's impact is deeply rooted within the community, reaching into the realm of national animal healthcare platforms.

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Beyond the Frontlines: Dr. Vorotnikov's tale of compassion amidst war-torn Ukraine

Beyond the Frontlines: Dr. Vorotnikov's tale of compassion amidst war-torn Ukraine

In the midst of the war in Ukraine, Dr. Viktor Petrovich Vorotnikov, a seasoned Ukrainian veterinarian with over 40 years of experience, shares his incredible insights.

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A special note from VWB's Executive Director, Charmaine Brett

A special note from VWB's Executive Director, Charmaine Brett

Veterinarians Without Borders has expanded into the U.S.! Read a special note from our Executive Director, Charmaine Brett, about what this means.

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Safeguarding against zoonotic pathogen spillover: The vital role of wildlife health promotion and disease surveillance

Safeguarding against zoonotic pathogen spillover: The vital role of wildlife health promotion and disease surveillance

Today (Dec.27, 2023), as we mark the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness it’s the perfect time to reflect on the links between human, animal, and environmental health. In this article, wildlife health specialist and VWB/VSF Board Member, Jolene Giancinti (BHSc, DVM, PhD) discusses One Health, zoonoses, and wildlife disease surveillance.

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On the Path to Gender Equity in One Health Initiatives:  My VETS Volunteer Journey

On the Path to Gender Equity in One Health Initiatives: My VETS Volunteer Journey

#VETSVolunteerVoices: "In the world of One Health initiatives, my VETS volunteer journey with Veterinarians without Borders in Vietnam has been nothing short of transformative. Let me take you through the incredible story of how a collaborative effort is making significant strides in championing gender equity..."

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Breaking Barriers:  The “Gender Model Family” in Rural Ghana

Breaking Barriers: The “Gender Model Family” in Rural Ghana

Together with local VETS program partner, the Social Enterprise Development Foundation (SEND), VWB/VSF is implementing the innovative Gender Model Family (GMF) methodology in addition to One Health initiatives that increase animal, human and environmental health in Ghana.

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Advancing Poultry Farming with Biosecurity:  A Success Story from VETS in Vietnam

Advancing Poultry Farming with Biosecurity: A Success Story from VETS in Vietnam

In the tranquil village of Truc Mai, Lau Thuong commune, Vo Nhai district, Thai Nguyen province, Mr. Lam Van Thuan, a 55-year-old chicken farmer and the head of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front Committee, stands as a beacon of positive change in his community.

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Training to Transform Lives and Livelihoods: The Impact of VETS in Vietnam

Training to Transform Lives and Livelihoods: The Impact of VETS in Vietnam

Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB/VSF) has joined forces with the Institute of Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (IEHSD), our dedicated VETS program partner in Vietnam, to implement empowering One Health initiatives that increase animal, human and environmental health.

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Caring for the cattle—and supporting the people—of South Sudan

Caring for the cattle—and supporting the people—of South Sudan

With the generous support of our donor community and Global Affairs Canada, VWB/VSF is delivering critical care, supplies, programs, and training that strive to uplift animal health in South Sudan.

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Follow-up to our “One Health Day” Webinar:  Q&A with the Panel

Follow-up to our “One Health Day” Webinar: Q&A with the Panel

In this article, we present a summary of the Questions and Answers gathered after our live One Health Day webinar (which took place on November 3, 2023), because of the value in the continuation of such an important conversation.

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Empowering Livestock Keepers: How and why VWB/VSF is combating Antimicrobial Resistance

Empowering Livestock Keepers: How and why VWB/VSF is combating Antimicrobial Resistance

VWB/VSF is actively working to mitigate the risks associated with AMR. Our primary focus is on training Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs).

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Regan in Vietnam, October 2023

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Regan in Vietnam, October 2023

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Dr. Regan McLeod, a volunteer with VWB/VSF's VETS Program, who spent time in Vietnam.

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Rebuilding Animal Shelters in Ukraine: A Lifeline for Hope in the Cold Winter Months

Rebuilding Animal Shelters in Ukraine: A Lifeline for Hope in the Cold Winter Months

Check out the before and after of the rebuilt Kofotei Cat Shelter in Nikopol, Ukraine.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Kavitha in Vietnam, October 2023

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Kavitha in Vietnam, October 2023

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Kavitha Sriparamananthan, a volunteer with VWB/VSF's VETS Program, who is currently placed in Vietnam.

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Celebrating RVT Month: Meet VWB/VSF's Geneviève Douyon, RVT

Celebrating RVT Month: Meet VWB/VSF's Geneviève Douyon, RVT

In honour of RVT Month, meet VWB/VSF's Geneviève Douyon, a RVT who is working to support animal health across Canada's North.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Keisha in Ghana, July 2023

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Keisha in Ghana, July 2023

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Dr. Keisha Harris, an alumni volunteer with VWB/VSF's Young Volunteer Program, who recently completed her placement in Ghana.

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One week in Bolgatanga: Heat, hope, and inspiring animal health workers in Ghana

One week in Bolgatanga: Heat, hope, and inspiring animal health workers in Ghana

#VWBVoices brings you stories from the VWB/VSF team! Check out our very own Tanja Kisslinger, Advocacy and Communications Technical Advisor, discussing her recent on-the-ground experiences while visiting Ghana.

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Bracing for Typhoon Bolaven: Coming Together to Make a Difference in Saipan

Bracing for Typhoon Bolaven: Coming Together to Make a Difference in Saipan

VWB/VSF supported the Saipan Humane Society in the wake of Typhoon Bolaven.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Marley in Ghana, July 2023

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Marley in Ghana, July 2023

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Marley Blok, an alumni volunteer with VWB/VSF's Young Volunteer Program, who recently completed her placement in Ghana.

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Blazing the Trail: Coming Together to Help Hay River Animals Affected by NWT Wildfires

Blazing the Trail: Coming Together to Help Hay River Animals Affected by NWT Wildfires

VWB/VSF teamed up with NS SPCA and Wings of Rescue to secure care for 16 dogs evacuated from the Hay River, NWT wildfires.

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Meet our Summer 2023 Access to Care Award scholarship recipients!

Meet our Summer 2023 Access to Care Award scholarship recipients!

Meet Kandis Villebrun and Tannicka Reeves, VWB/VSF's Summer 2023 Access to Care scholarship recipients.

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Join us on Sept. 22, 2023 at the VCP event in Ottawa!

Join us on Sept. 22, 2023 at the VCP event in Ottawa!

Interested in volunteering? Join VWB/VSF and other VCP members at the 6@8 event in Ottawa, ON to learn more about opportunities to volunteer internationally.

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Stories From Around The World

Learn more about volunteering internationally with VETS: April 23rd, 5-7pm EST in Ottawa

Learn more about volunteering internationally with VETS: April 23rd, 5-7pm EST in Ottawa

Are you passionate about making a difference on a global scale? Do you dream of volunteering overseas and empowering communities in need? Then mark your calendars for an event you won't want to miss...

Read more

Ask an Expert: How has the animal health landscape changed in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion?

Ask an Expert: How has the animal health landscape changed in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion?

Born and raised in Ukraine, VWB's Daria Kuznetsova has witnessed, first-hand, the impacts of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. She tackles the current state of animal health in Ukraine and how things have changed since the start of the war started in 2022.

Read more

Bridging Science and Tradition: VWB bursary recipient, Jessie Olson’s, work on caribou health

Bridging Science and Tradition: VWB bursary recipient, Jessie Olson’s, work on caribou health

Across northern Canada, Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) collaborates with remote communities, responding to their invitations to address animal care needs. Together with community representatives, we develop comprehensive plans to enhance local capacity, organizing temporary veterinary clinics staffed by dedicated volunteers.

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  • I have seen first-hand the benefits of capacity building and gender empowerment for smallholder livestock farmers, and stakeholders in the livestock sector.
    - Dr. Shauna Richards

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