Humane Society of Tampa Bay Hosts Veterinary Interns from Developing Countries for Week of Hands-On Training and Skill Development


The Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) was selected to host two veterinarians for a week-long internship through the Humane Society International’s (HSI) Veterinary Internship Program. The interns, who come from Bolivia and Chile, are spending the week of April 29 – May 6 fine-tuning their skills and learning new surgical techniques with Humane Society of Tampa Bay veterinarians at the Animal Health Center. visitingvets1On Monday, May 6, they will accompany HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk to Nashville, TN to participate in the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo then return to their home countries to use their new knowledge and experience to help the animals in their care.

“We are excited to participate in this program and host these young veterinarians,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “It is thrilling to be able to share our resources at the Animal Health Center to help make a difference for animals in other countries.”


According to Donna M. Pease, HSI Expo International Coordinator, The Humane Society International Veterinary Internship Program has proved to be a wonderful experience for both the interns and host societies. In 2012, 18 veterinarians from 14 countries received internships. This year, 27 applicants were placed at humane societies across the United States. Some of the countries that have been represented in the program are Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Malawi, Nigeria, Peru, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Sierre Leone, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

    Photo 1: From left: Dr. Nataly Ramierez from Chile; Dr. Karla Bard, HSTB Director of Medical Operations; Dr. Maria Barrento from Bolivia.
    Photo 2: Drs. Barrento (back left) and Ramierez (back right) watch as Dr. Karla Bard (front left) performs a spay surgery.
    Photo 3: Drs. Ramierez and Barrento examine a cat who is being prepped for surgery.