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    Desde 2010, Darwin Animal Doctors ha brindado atención veterinaria gratuita y de alta calidad a los animales y la comunidad de las Islas Galápagos. Nuestro objetivo original al establecer la primera clínica gratuita a tiempo completo en Galápagos, Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO, era proteger la vida silvestre extraordinaria y endémica de estas magníficas islas conocidas como el Laboratorio Viviente de Darwin. Hemos trabajado incansablemente para lograr este objetivo, tratando a más de 20,000 pacientes para limitar humanamente el número de animales domésticos y asegurar una población sana de animales domésticos, y realizar campañas veterinarias en todas las islas habitadas de Galápagos.

    Nos hemos asociado con el Parque Nacional para apoyar el tratamiento directo de la vida silvestre cuando sea posible, trajimos equipos de laboratorio de última generación a las islas y recibimos a cientos de talentosos voluntarios de todo el mundo que aportaron una dedicación, pasión y experiencia increíbles para proporcionar veterinaria de clase mundial. cuidar a estas islas de irremplazable importancia internacional. Brindamos educación humanitaria esencial y capacitación veterinaria local, incluido un programa de becas para estudiantes veterinarios ecuatorianos.

    Desde que abrimos la clínica en 2010, hemos visto cambios profundos en Galápagos. Las islas se han transformado de un lugar donde faltaba la disponibilidad de atención veterinaria o educación humana, las iniciativas de envenenamiento mataron cruelmente a animales domésticos no deseados, y no había conciencia de la importancia de la esterilización. Ahora vemos un Galápagos con la agencia gubernamental, ABG (la Agencia de Regulación y Control de Bioseguridad en Galápagos) que lidera con éxito iniciativas para prácticas responsables de mascotas en las islas, clínicas veterinarias privadas en funcionamiento, y hay una importante conciencia de la población sobre la importancia de los veterinarios. cuidado de los animales y la participación de los jóvenes para el bienestar animal.

    Además de esto, debido a la continua importación de animales a las islas y, por lo tanto, a una demanda exponencialmente creciente, los costos de la clínica han explotado mucho más allá de cualquier presupuesto que podamos proporcionar, y por lo tanto, financieramente, ya no es la forma en que tratamos de servir a la comunidad. A medida que nos acercamos a la finalización de nuestro décimo año de operaciones, nos enorgullece haber servido a la comunidad y los animales de Galápagos, pero no continuaremos brindando servicios veterinarios como clínica en 2020.

    Nos gustaría agradecer a nuestros socios, campeones locales, veterinarios y voluntarios talentosos e ingeniosos que viajaron de todo el planeta para donar su tiempo, experiencia y pasión para hacer de la última década un éxito y salvar tantas vidas.

    Darwin sigue comprometido con la protección de Galápagos a través de otros programas que ofrecemos en todo el mundo, que incluyen educación humanitaria, apoyo a la esterilización y vacunación, capacitación profesional para maestros y rescatadores de vida silvestre, capacitación en investigación científica para aumentar las habilidades locales de ciencias de la conservación y desarrollo juvenil.

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    Since 2010, Darwin Animal Doctors has provided free, high quality veterinary care to the animals and community of the Galapagos Islands. Our original goal in establishing the first, full-time free clinic in Galapagos UNESCO World Heritage Site was to protect the extraordinary and endemic wildlife of these magnificent islands known as Darwin’s Living Laboratory. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this goal, treating over 20,000 patients to humanely limit the numbers of domestic animals and ensure a healthy domestic animal population, and run veterinary campaigns on all the inhabited islands of the Galapagos. 

    We have partnered with the National Park to support the direct treatment of wildlife when possible, brought state of the art laboratory equipment to the islands and welcomed hundreds of talented volunteers from around the world who brought incredible dedication, passion and expertise to providing world class veterinary care to these islands of irreplaceable international importance.  We have provided essential humane education and local veterinary training including a scholarship program for Ecuadorian veterinary students.

    Since opening the clinic in 2010, we have seen profound changes within the Galapagos. The islands have transformed from a place where the availability of veterinary care or humane education was lacking, poisoning initiatives cruelly killed unwanted domestic animals, and there was no awareness of the importance of sterilization. We now see a Galapagos with the government agency, ABG (the Agency of Regulation and Control of Biosecurity in Galapagos) successfully leading initiatives for responsible pet practices across the islands, private veterinary clinics running, and there is significant population awareness of the importance of veterinary care for animals and youth led involvement for animal welfare.

    On top of this, due to continue importation of animals to the islands and thus exponentially growing demand, clinic costs have exploded far beyond any budget we could possibly provide, and thus, financially, it cannot be the way we try to serve the community anymore. As we near the completion of our 10th year of operations, we have been proud to have served the Galapagos community and animals, but will not be continuing to provide veterinary services as a clinic into 2020.

    We would like to thank our partners, local champions, talented and resourceful veterinarians and volunteers who traveled from around the planet to donate their time, expertise and passion to make the last decade such a success, and saving so many lives.

    Darwin remains committed to protecting the Galapagos through other programs that we offer worldwide including humane education, sterilization and vaccination support, professional training for teachers and wildlife rescuers, scientific research training to increase local conservation science skills, and youth development.

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  3. Frida

    At the end of June, two-month old Frida was brought into the clinic very fragile and pale. Her owners were so diligent with her and upon examination she had a PCV of only 7% (the amount of red blood cells in your blood – normal is 28-40%- she was incredibly anemic).

    She was admitted immediately and received a blood transfusion, borrowed from a friend of hers. Little Frida was the youngest recipient of a blood transfusion at our clinic.

    10 days later, her anemia had corrected to 25%, she was eating, playing, and her symptoms were resolving. Her owners were taking great care of her!!

    Frida recently came back into the clinic to check up, and what a difference we saw! She transformed from being on the edge of collapse to, now, doubling in weight and playing with her sibling! She is a champion in our eyes!!

    To help us continue to treat patients like Frida, consider making a contribution to Darwin Animal Doctors today!

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  4. Maya and Charlie

    Maya came into us suffering from Ehrlichia (tick fever). This is a very common issue we face here in the Galapagos. Maya’s owner brought her in, and a good thing she did because we found that Maya was incredibly anaemic and suffering from a lot of other problems as a result of the chronic infection, including a septic joint and skin lesions.

    Once we realized the issue, Claudia brought down her other dog, Charlie, to save the day! Charlie donated his blood to his friend, Maya.

    Both were absolutely golden in the clinic and the transfusion was a success.

    Maya is still in the clinic recovering, she has a long road ahead of her but she is still here after the blood transfusion and will not stop fighting!

  5. Sweet Peggy

    This past month, the practice had a terrible week for emergencies. In only 3 days we had 6 emergencies; the majority were unfortunately hit by cars. However, out of this week came one particular patient that has warmed all of us at the clinic: meet Peggy!

    She arrived at 8 pm on a weekday in a lot of pain and severe shock from a car hit. The team kicked into gear and she was immediately placed on a drip with a combination of pain relief and muscle relaxants so we could examine the damage.

    Peggy stabilized over the evening and we were able to identify that there was one major concern: she had a very swollen right back leg that was very painful. We suspected she had a fracture.

    The next day, the care takers of Peggy and our team discussed a plan forward. We needed to know more information and agreed that an x-ray of the leg would provide us with exactly that. Here on the Galapagos, our diagnostic equipment is very limited so we found a local clinic where we could take Peggy for some imaging.

    Rightfully so, we found a very impressive femoral fracture. Poor girl!

    Without much surgical equipment to correct this fracture, we decided to anaesthetize Peggy and tried to manipulate the bone into the right position and then splinted the leg with a special type of bandage called a ‘Robert Jones’ Bandage.

    Every 5 days Peggy returned to get this large bandage changed, and after 3 weeks the fracture had stabilized and she was able to use it again.

    Peggy has a long way to go yet before the leg will work the way she needs it to, but the fact that she has made it this far is what our team are delighted in!

    Our clinic is able to treat animals such as Peggy due to your continued support. Consider contributing today!!

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