Veterinary Outreach, Guatemala





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Project Description

Country: Guatemala

Location: Peten district

Total Budget: $4,400

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Basic education and literacy, Community economic development

Activity Type: Health: General

Summary: Vaccines and veterinary care for working horses in the rural Peten district of Guatemala

This project treats the most basic needs of working horses, donkeys, and mules in rural Guatemala in February 2020. These horses are used in agriculture, transportation, and coffee production. This under-served population of horses has no access to any veterinary care. These horses suffer from the combined effects of poor nutrition, parasitism, over-work, and lack of the most basic care, while their owners rely heavily on these animals for their own survival. Our program vaccinates, deworms, dentistry, and does basic surgery like castration and wound care. We also provide hoof care to these equids. Through this interaction, we hope to elevate the standard of living in these human populations, provide a barrier against zoonotic diseases, and educate the horse owners about basic equine care. We also provide a stipend for in-country veterinary students to gather clinical and practical experience not found in their own curriculum, and work at building economies for their own practice as future veterinarians. The funds for this project would be used to purchase tetanus and rabies vaccines. They would also give Central American students a stipend to attend the two week clinic. As a Rotary club member, I will be mentoring students, as well as leading this trip. Other opportunities for members include helping organize daily clinics, logistics, and support for the veterinarians.

Addendum to Project Description (added after the project was signed)

The vaccines requested for purchase in the grant proposal have been donated by the drug manufacturer. I would propose that the grant money allocated for these vaccines be redirected to purchase of computer tablets, for use in the field. These tablets would be used for data collection for each horse, which is a basic requirement for our continued support from the AAEP Foundation, and Equitarian Initiative. With these tablets, we will also streamline our daily work, allow us to see more horses, and give us a great archival data base for future trips.

Project Contact Person

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Loveland

Primary Contact: Mark Anderson

Email: markeandersondvm@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Loveland (5440)









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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Randall Looper


In order to be considered for a District grant the following needs to be completed:

- The clubs President-Elect needs to enter a Foundation goal for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.

If you have any questions or problems please email me.


by Jim Epstein

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Karl Muriby.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Mark Anderson.


by Randall Looper

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Bill Kehl

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Mark Anderson

The requested vaccines have been donated by the drug manufacturer. I would propose that the allocated grant money be redirected to purchase of computer tablets, for use in the field on every trip. These tablets would allow complete clinical records, save time, and increase our outreach. I'd like district permission to redirect those funds.


by Randall Looper

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