Vida Medical, Dental & Veterinary Programs in Nicaragua

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Join Vida in Nicaragua with their veterinary volunteer programs. Vida currently offers 1-2 week long programs in Nicaragua for pre-veterinary and veterinary school students and recent grads.

Volunteers will work with experience bilingual volunteers and have the opportunity to assist in spaying and neutering as well as other hands-on surgical procedures. They will also learn recovery care procedures as well as how to administer vaccinations to both small and large animals. Gain practical experience in the field of veterinary medicine!

Learn more about Vida Veterinary Volunteer Programs in Nicaragua.

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based on 52 reviews
  • Impact 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.6
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Anonymous
10/10

Amazing. trip of a lifetime.

This trip was incredible. Getting to know staff, other volunteers, and patients at the clinics was incredible. On this is trip, you might be out of the your comfort zone, but that will turn out to be such a blessing. As our coordinator often said, the more you put into this trip, the more you put will get out of this trip! During this trip, remember to keep in mind that your primary concern is to help other people and try not to get too frustrated with hot clinic locations or uncomfortable bathroom situations. Overall, this trip will be one to remember forever, and it will change your life!

How can this program be improved?
More emphasis on extreme heat and precautions to prevent some of the discomfort (i.e. mini fan).
Yes, I recommend
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Ali
10/10

Life Changing Experience

This experience was an experience that I will never forget. It is truly a life changing experience, and really teaches you to appreciate the little things in life. Seeing the look on the patient's faces when they get the help that they really need is truly heart warming, and for me made the experience so worth while. I would recommend VIDA to anyone!

Yes, I recommend
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Anne
10/10

Doctors that care

I took part in a VIDA veterinary trip in Nicaragua. I found the doctors to be extremely attentive and caring of the animals and the volunteers. They were never too far away when any volunteer needed help with a patient or had a question that needed answered, and they were all great teachers as well. At the end of the day they were able to let loose and have some fun with us volunteers. Sharing and contrasting our different experiences in veterinary medicine is one of the greatest memories I have of my trip.

How can this program be improved?
I wish there would have been more time with the homestay families in Nicaragua.
Yes, I recommend
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AIL
9/10

Great Trip!

Excellent and flexible, we were able to change our itinerary the last day so that we weren't in hot buildings but instead on the Pacific beach all day. Great need for medical help in this area and interesting cases. Learned a lot.

Yes, I recommend
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Beau
10/10

Overall experience

The program was run very well! The interpreters were great to work with as well as the doctors! Lester and Amy were outstanding! I wish though we could have done a few more fun things on our rec days like go to a beach for a day or something like that

How can this program be improved?
A few more interesting things to do
Yes, I recommend
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brandon
10/10

EYE OPENING

The communities we served at was a reality check for us as volunteers. We should feel privileged and blessed, but not better than those we helped. It was eye opening, just because the people we helped live their lives so differently.

How can this program be improved?
MAKE THE TRIP LONGER
Yes, I recommend
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Jasmine
10/10

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

Never though I would get so much hands on experience and have the chance to help so many animals in need. Absolutely amazing experience!

I definitely learned a lot. The vets were amazing, really took the time to explain everything and make sure we had a chance to learn and try everything we wanted to.

We were given the opportunity to carry out consults, give vaccines, prep for surgery (inserting catheters, endotracheal tubes under vet supervision), and even assist during surgery while the vets explained exactly what was going on.

It was also really great to be able to interact with the people. Staying with our homestay families and seeing how different their lives are was really an eye opener! I could not have asked for a better "mom" in the homestays!

Overall wonderful experience. You won't regret it if you choose VIDA!!

How can this program be improved?
I would love to have had more large animal days on the vet trip
Yes, I recommend
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Unknown
10/10

VIDA Experience - Vet Team

The trip was a fantastic, life changing experience :) Got to try new food, make new friends and experience how people live in Nicaragua by living with homestays. I learned quite a lot from others, the vets, and from my own mistakes. Will definitely come back again in the future!

How can this program be improved?
Staff was great! Gio was an awesome tour guide :)
Just wish the trip would be a little cheaper so it could be more affordable for everyone !
Yes, I recommend
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joe
10/10

overall experience

I thought this trip was fantastic. overall definitely a great experience that is making me want to come back every year! At first, I was a bit skeptical of the minimal amount of review for the clinic days and the homestays. But it turned out that we had more than enough help from the staff that it was a smooth transition.

How can this program be improved?
I would make it so we had 3 clinic sites of small animal and 3 clinic sites of large animal.
Yes, I recommend
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Mankaran
10/10

Great Experience

This experience offered by VIDA really was a great one, that allowed me to learn while also teaching individuals from the region where the clinic was held. I will most definitely consider coming back next year for a second time.

How can this program be improved?
Mandatory Spanish class.
Yes, I recommend
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Kassie
8/10

VIDA veterinary trip

It was a great learning experience. The veterinarians were very helpful and explained everything very well. We were exposed to multitude of animals and were able to watch and assist in many spays and neuters.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to have had the chance to participate in a greater variety of fun activities, perhaps some which actually involved animals, such as visiting an animal sanctuary or rainforest.
Yes, I recommend
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NM2013
8/10

VIDA Nicaragua-Masaya

The highlights of this trip were definitely getting to work with fellow VIDA volunteers and VIDA staff. Everyone was incredibly nice and welcoming. Also, it was very nice and fun to have free time at night to spend with friends.

How can this program be improved?
I would change the free recreational day activities. Zip lining was fun but another fun option would be going to a beach on the ocean. Central American countries have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and I believe seeing them would greatly add to the value of the trip.
Yes, I recommend
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Sophie
10/10

Nicaragua Dental trip

I loved the trip. It taught me a lot of information on dentistry. I liked how the dentists would have use check the patient before and report to them which teeth we thought were problematic. They would then go on to tell us all the problems we found or missed with the patient and what we needed to perform on the patient (extraction, scaling, or cleaning/flossing/fluoride). It was nice that the dentists were patient with us because we did not know much, if anything, about dentistry coming into the trip. It was wonderful working with and interacting with the patients. I enjoyed that we did the cleanings on our own but had the dentists to help us with the scalings if needed. The days we had off and could tour Nicaragua were also wonderful. The zip-lining, tour of Granada, boat trip though the islands, and shopping around the towns were very memorable.

How can this program be improved?
Make the trip one day longer so we could stay at the hotel/house for a day and go around town to the parks and markets.
Yes, I recommend
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Sydney
10/10

Awesome

Going to clinic days and playing with the kids during our lunch breaks or after we were done seeing patients was my highlight. We brought them toys and little things but every time they got something they were so unbelievably happy. They have so little in comparison to us and they were always so happy, and most of the kids were sick with something. It was a life changing experience. I met so many new people from other colleges that I will no doubt visit and helped so many people in serious need. I also got medical experience that I would never have gotten in the US.

How can this program be improved?
The activity days were fun but we end up being so tired after clinical days. Because of this, I would prefer our activity days to be relaxing at a beach or a pool not taking tours of things and being forced to be on our feet all day again.
Yes, I recommend
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maxieb
10/10

Best spring break ever!!

I have never had such a wonderful experience as I did on my spring break trip to Nicaragua with VIDA. I learned SO much! Pre-vet people: this is seriously SUCH a good use of your time.
I don't want to ramble, but below is the link to my blog post about the trip where I list all of the hands-on stuff I got to do.
http://prismpuppies.com/vida-veterinary-volunteer-trip-to-n…

If you aren't good with slightly adverse conditions, don't go on the trip.This trip WILL put you outside of your comfort zone- but that's definitely a good thing!!

How can this program be improved?
Three of the nights' lodging was very uncomfortable, but on the plus side it had air conditioning.
Yes, I recommend

About Vida Volunteer

Volunteer abroad with Vida in Central America! With Vida, you have the opportunity to gain experience in three main fields: medicine, dental health, and veterinary medicine. As a volunteer with Vida, you will work with local professionals in these...