A team of Oregon State University students will visit the island of Ometepe off Nicaragua from Sept. 8 through 22 to volunteer needed veterinary medicine services for the island livestock, food animals and pets.
The 19 students from OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine also will disseminate information to villagers about animal wellness and the prevention of zoonotic diseases, or those that can be transferred between humans and animals. The trip is being coordinated by the International Veterinary Student Association at OSU.
Four veterinarians also will go on the trip to supervise and assist the students: Erwin Pearson, Marianne Mackey, Hernan Montilla and Richard Bachman.
The student group is raising funds for the trip, which they pay for themselves through sponsorships. One of their fundraising efforts is an adopt-a-dog program, through which American donors can help care for a Nicaraguan dog for $20. One of the students on the trip will send a photo and story about the animal and the care it was provided. For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/groups/ivsa/index.htm.