The clinic itself was surprisingly well equipped considering its location and the non-profit budget with which it was built. The front area had IV fluids, a centrifuge, a microscope and basic stains for looking at blood and diagnosing blood-borne diseases (which are common in the Amazon). The treatment area held several dogs recovering from bad skin disease and one recovering from ear surgery (the cacaphony from the barking had to be heard to be believed). There was also a surgical room with a stainless steel table, surrounded by counters with various (slightly out of date) drugs, syringes and needles which had been donated by vets from first world countries (they still work). The clinic is staffed permanently by two vets from Peru and two lay nurses with wonderful animal handling skills. From the warm welcome I received and the conditions in the clinic, I could tell I was going to be in for the experience of a lifetime!
Photo of Erica Coleman by Anthon Cauper