Vets Abroad

Belen Market in Peru: The Good The Bad And The Monkey

photo of monkey torso belen market peru

Warning! This article contains graphic descriptions and photos of slaughtered wildlife. 

 On my final day on my vets abroad trip to Peru with Amazon Cares, I ventured into truly uncharted territory at the Belen Market. Over the past two weeks, I have had many unsettling experiences, yet the sights, smells, and tastes (in which […]

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Deadly Sin? The Sloths of the Amazon Are More Sinfully Cute

Patrick Mahaney Brown Sloth Peru Close Up

During my Amazon Cares veterinary volunteer trip to Peru, I made the most of my free time by partaking in planned excursions centered around experiencing the native animals of the Amazon Jungle. One early morning boat trip took me to see the sloths that lived near our housing at the Explornapo Lodge. Apparently, the sloths […]

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The Elephant Dog of Mazan

Photo of Elephant Dog Malzan Peru

He lay there alone on the side of the human health clinic in the remote Peruvian town of Mazan. The clinic operated as the medical and surgical treatment facility for Amazon Cares for the day, so I got an up close and personal look at the poor pooch. He was an intact male of undetermined […]

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Dog Named Little Onion Survives Wild Boar Attack

Photo of Dr Patrick Mahaney and Cebollion Little Onion Dog Peru

When our boat pulled up to the scenic village of Tamanco on the Amazon River, I was greeted by a grassy field filled with children at play, cows turned out to pasture, and a few barking dogs corralling their human and bovine herd. The idyllic scene made for a pleasant day doing challenging veterinary work […]

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Bot Fly Larvae Are My Zebras

Photo of Patrick Mahaney Eats Bot Fly Larva

During veterinary school, there are many illnesses about which we burgeoning doctors are educated. Many are common diseases which we face in clinical practice on a regular basis. Others are less common and are given the nickname “zebras”. I just treated one of these zebras in the form of bot fly (Dermatobia Hominisor) larvae removal […]

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