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Students in OSU's International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA) will go to Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua, this December to provide veterinary care and public education.
Fresh out of Roseburg High School in 1998 and volunteering with relief workers in Nicaragua amid the devastation wrought by Hurricane Mitch, John Roth decided on a career in medicine.
Fluent in Spanish, he worked as a medical interpreter for health care teams dispatched by Mercy Ships, a global nondenominational Christian charity. "I was the voice between the doctors and the people, and I had to be very aware of how they interacted," Roth recalls. That role inspired him to become a physician assistant -- a profession with growing responsibilities in a health system facing the dual challenge of expanding access while containing costs. ... Roth graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in public health and international studies.
A team of Oregon State University veterinary medicine students will journey to Nicaragua at the end of fall term to spend two weeks in remote villages providing veterinary care to large animals, conducting public outreach and education, and hosting free spay and neuter clinics.
The seven students are part of the International Veterinary Student Association chapter at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.