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Vets Without Borders

Vets Without Borders is 1x60 documentary following unstoppable Canadian vets as they tackle animal suffering around the world. The vets use limited supplies and boundless ingenuity to improve the lives of pets, strays and the people around them.

This 1x60 documentary will follow three teams of veterinarians and vet techs using their vacation time to volunteer at mobile clinics in Guatemala and Mexico.

In Guatemala, the residents of the tiny mountain community of Todos Santos fear of being attacked by rabid stray dogs that roam the villages. In desperation, they tried poisoning dogs to stop both the attacks and the spread of the disease, but it didn’t work. Now, Veterinarians without Borders (VWB) is stepping in with an innovative, and humane, solution.

VWB will embark on a major dog spay/neuter and disease control program to cut down on the number of stray dogs and prevent the transmission of rabies. It might seem straightforward, but how do you deal with dogs that aren’t used to being handled by people? How do you do surgeries without an actual clinic? The VWB team is creative and able to think on their feet – will that be enough?

In Mexico, a community of Canadian ex-pats have created a local animal rescue to help reduce the suffering of dogs and cats in Jaltemba Bay, located an hour outside of resort mecca Puerto Vallarta. With the support of mobile spay and neuter organization PEACE Mexico, a vet team from Victoria’s Mexi-Can Vet Project will help sterilize over 200 dogs in just 4 days.

Unlike Guatemala, this Mexican community has permanent vet clinics with partial resources available, but many of the local residents can’t afford them. As a result, the Canadian team is confronted with animal emergencies they have to handle without access to the medical conveniences of home – x-rays, ultrasounds and specialized medications. Fortunately, some of these dogs will be able to catch a flight back to Canada with the vets to get the specialized treatment they need.

Fulfilling these missions is far from easy and takes its toll on the teams. Beyond the struggles of the clinics themselves, further criticism awaits the vets as they bring some of their international pet clients back to Canada for adoption. Despite this, the vets are resolute in their commitment to these animals and eager to prove their naysayers wrong.

Vets Without Borders will be a compelling documentary that connects its audience with the vets’ emotional ups and downs as their lives – and the lives of the animals and people they’re helping – are forever changed.

Vets Without Borders is produced by May Street Productions Ltd.