Our Mission


Veterinarians International is a non-profit organization providing veterinary aid and education to improve the health and well-being of animals and their communities worldwide.

We are a worldwide network of veterinarians, animal welfare specialists and researchers who partner with local communities to improve the care and conservation of animals in need, both wild and domestic.

What We Do & Why It Matters


At Veterinarians International, we recognize the importance of the One Health approach: the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. The CDC estimates that more than 60% of human infectious diseases originate in animals. Care for animals truly means care for all, and veterinarians are a critical link in global health as advocates for animal well-being and for prevention of dangerous diseases passing from animals to humans.

We seek to create access to skilled veterinary care for all animals worldwide, exemplifying kindness and compassion toward animals and educating local communities to do the same. To accomplish this, we partner with local organizations and work with veterinarians and community leaders to ensure animals in their communities receive the veterinary care they need. Our teams provide veterinary expertise, equipment and supplies for both immediate aid and disease prevention; build necessary infrastructure for animal care; and educate communities about animal health, behavior and husbandry for long-term, sustainable solutions in their own communities.

Our programs are structured around three core principles:

Care


We improve the health and welfare of animals through increasing access to skilled veterinary medicine and innovative animal care techniques.

Connection


We improve the relationship between humans and animals through education and advocacy. We build local community partnerships to work together for grassroots social change around animal care, kindness and compassion.

Coexistence


We advocate to share the planet in a way that both humans and animals thrive. Healthy animals equate to healthy people, and local communities benefit as we work to eliminate rabies, brucellosis, other zoonotic diseases, and human-animal conflict. In addition, we work with at-risk women in developing nations to establish economic independence through healthy livestock.

How We Help


Immediate Aid


We provide critical care to animals in need through access to medical supplies and infrastructure, veterinarians and animal care expertise.


Disease & Illness Prevention


We provide diagnostic equipment, medicine and training to prevent disease in both animals and people.


Education & Awareness


We educate veterinarians, animal care providers and the public to understand animal behavior and build awareness of the human-animal connection.

As we are increasingly reminded of our global connectedness and the link between human and animal health, we strive to provide veterinary care to animals and communities that need it most worldwide, healing our planet one step at a time.

Our Annual Reports


See our impact through the years.

Board of Directors


Dr. Scarlett Magda
Founder & President
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Haley Herb
Treasurer
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Dr. William B. Karesh
Senior Technical Advisor & Founding Board Member
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Elisabetta Bartoloni
Co-Chair, Board Member
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Kenneth Ramos
Board Member
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Bonnie S. Klapper
B.A. Esq., Legal Counsel
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Leadership Council


Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin
Co-Chair
Sacha Lehto
Co-Chair
Elisabetta Bartoloni
Co-Chair, Board Member
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Michael Davies
CEO, Embassy Row
Jeremy Goldstein
Stephen Meringoff
Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties, Inc
Niels Schuurmans
101 Studios, Former CMO, Viacom

Advisors


Erin Goodhart
Brand and Marketing Strategy
Nicole Teitler
Communications Manager
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Field Experts


Dr. Beth Miller
Sr. Livestock Advisor
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Dr. Arlene F. Gardsbane
Project Coordinator for the African Rabies Prevention Program
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Dr. Elena Garde
Director – Healthy Pets Program
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Guillermo Perez
Director – Healthy Pets Program
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Dr. Maria Brömme
Veterinary Recruitment Coordinator
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Dr. James Desmond
Chimpanzee Veterinary Care Program
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Jenny Desmond

Asian Elephant Health & Welfare Task Force


Erin Ivory
Asian Elephant Health Task Force – Expert
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Ellen Dierenfeld
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Dr. Willem Shaaftner
Dr. Janine Brown
Asian Elephant Health Task Force – Expert
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Dr. Khyne U Mar
Asian Elephant Health Task Force – Expert
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Dr. Madhulal Valliyatte
Advisor and Elephant Field Veterinarian
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Dr. Dawn Zimmerman

Technical Advisory Board


Dr. David Waltner-Toews
Advisor
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Ted Leighton
Advisor
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Joyce Turk
Advisor
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Honorees


Carl Safina
2018
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Dr. Jane Goodall
2017
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Cornelia Guest
2017
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Penni Ludwig
2017
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Christie Brinkley
2016
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Richard Lair
2016
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Andrew Sabin
2015
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Gerald Barad
2015
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Ambassadors


Christine Evangelista
Actress
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Dwayne Hill
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Missy Hargraves
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Asher Jay
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