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Veterinarians Without Borders USA

St Paul, MN   |  www.vwb.org

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Mission

Our mission is to work for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us.

Notes from the nonprofit

Veterinarians without Borders Canada was registered in 2005 and has recently received it's US registration. We are now re-branding as Veterinarians without Borders North America that is registered in both the US and Canada. Our organization will have one leadership team and staff and be managed by the board in the US and Canada.

Ruling year info

2023

Executive Director

Charmaine Brett

Main address

1010 Dale St N

St Paul, MN 55117 USA

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EIN

92-2618654

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

To enhance the food security and livelihood resilience of livestock farmers in South Sudan

The goal of this initiative is to enhance food security and livelihood resilience of livestock farmers in Torit County of Eastern Equatoria State (South Sudan) by (1) enhancing farmers access to community-based livestock extension services, (2) increasing farmers livestock production and productivity and (3) increasing the capacity of the target communities to mitigate and prevent the transmission of zoonotic diseases.

Population(s) Served

The Project will improve health outcomes in rural communities, and especially among marginalized
women and girls, by applying a One Health (OH) approach to preventing and responding to zoonotic
diseases in Rwanda and Senegal. The Project will increase the application of OH at the community
level and improve healthy behaviours related to human-animal-environment interactions. This
includes increasing the capacity of OH actors to improve local cross-sectoral coordination, referral
and reporting of zoonoses, and increasing access to needed resources for zoonoses control,
including vaccines, testing supplies and treatments. The Project will also support the development of
climate-resilient water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure for prevention and control of zoonoses.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Low-income people
Farmers

The Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) project is designed to build
upon the combined successes and lessons learned from Veterinarians without Borders/ Vtrinaires sans
frontiers (VWB/VSF)s Volunteers for Health Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2) project and the
organizations 15 years experience strengthening One Health (OH) capacity through professional
volunteers. The VETS project applies the OH approach which recognizes that the health of people,
animals and the natural environment are interconnected. It promotes the increased production of food,
nutrition, and income from livestock while promoting climate-smart agriculture and sustainable
development.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
People with disabilities
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples
Women and girls
Farmers

In Canada's Northern territories, where isolation limits access to veterinary care, Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) introduced the Northern Animal Health Initiative in 2019. This program seeks to provide sustainable veterinary services, addressing the critical gap in animal healthcare in these remote regions.

A 2017 study revealed that 54 Northern communities lacked sufficient veterinary services, leading to shorter animal lifespans and health risks to humans, including disease transmission. VWB's initiative, rooted in One Health principles, aims to improve the well-being of animals, people, and the environment by empowering communities with the knowledge and tools for effective animal care.

Key activities include annual pop-up veterinary clinics offering spay/neuter services, vaccinations, and health checks, tailored to each community's needs and developed in partnership with Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders. These clinics also provide essential resources, conduct hous

Population(s) Served

Veterinarians Without Borders North America (VWBNA) champions global initiatives that intertwine the health and welfare of animals, humans, and ecosystems, embodying the One Health approach. Their work spans companion animal welfare in Northern Canada, Ukraine, and Saipan, providing crucial veterinary services like vaccinations and spay/neuter procedures. These programs are bolstered by educational and outreach activities aimed at fostering informed communities that can sustain the well-being of pets and free-roaming animals, thereby reinforcing human-animal bonds and community resilience.

In tandem with its animal welfare initiatives, VWBNA plays a pivotal role in emergency response, offering its expertise across Canada, the U.S., Ukraine, and Turkey. Collaborating with government bodies, local entities, and communities, the organization deploys veterinary teams and resources to aid animals impacted by disasters and conflicts.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Veterinarians Without Borders USA

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Ogeer

Joseph Faiella

Cubex

Kathy V Turner

Kim Van Syoc

Banfield Foundation

Emily Krueger

Uncharted Philanthropy

Brendan Delehanty

Pete Mosney

P3 Veterinary Partners

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes