Dr. Terry DeWitt of the Williamsburg Veterinary Clinic recently traveled to northern Ecuador working with the World Vets Program in efforts to improve animal welfare in the region of Otavalo. Through the World Vets program, veterinarians such as Dr. DeWitt volunteer their time to work in areas of the world where resources are limited and the need is greatest. The group's work not only helps the animals, but also the people and the communities in which they live. Dr. DeWitt and other World Vets volunteers provided surgical services to over 400 animals during their latest visit to this fascinating region. The local animal welfare organization Proteccion Animal Ecuador assisted the World Vets team in setting up this large scale spay/neuter campaign. Upon her return, Dr. DeWitt reported that "the group worked very hard during the week-long trip, but we were also fortunate to have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the culture, cuisine, and adventures in and around the area". She was proud to be part of the organization's efforts to aid in humanely controlling the country's stray animal populations as well as treating and preventing zoonotic disease. She looks forward to continued efforts as she is planning an upcoming trip with the World Vets organization on a trip to Nicaragua in June.
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