We arrived at the clinic for the first time, where I would be spending the next three weeks working alongside the veterinary staff in their daily work. The clinic is located in a charming little 3-story building, with lime green walls and bright, colorful signs and decorations throughout. Two staff members, Susan and Marjorie, were assisting a client with a small pup in the reception area when Ann escorted us to the back treatment area where we were introduced to Dr. Edwin Inga and Dr. Fernando Rodriguez, the amazing veterinarians of Amazon CARES. Dr. Edwin and veterinary assistant Junior tended to a patient receiving fluid therapy while Dr. Fernando started to give us a tour of the clinic. I began my attempts to converse in broken Spanish, quickly realizing that it was much easier to ask a question than it was to understand the answer (the team was kind enough to always talk to me slowly and repeat themselves!). Improving my Spanish skills was another goal I had during my time in Peru and it looked like I would be starting full throttle on that one.
There were four exam tables in the treatment area where patients can receive physical exams, treatment, and fluid therapy- this is where Sydney and I would be spending a lot of time assisting with appointments. They also have a curtained-off isolation area which at the time was being used to house some orphan kittens that had recently surrendered to them, as well as a surgical suite. The 2nd and 3rd floors had a kitchen, supply room, grooming area, a beautiful outdoor cat condo, and area for small dog housing.
After getting settled, we were going on a cat-catching adventure in the local Belen Market- part of a feral street cat spay and neuter campaign. Stay tuned for the scoop!
|Getting a puppy fix!|
Written by Sarita Patel, Amazon CARES Volunteer