Animal Care Weekend seminar

November 1-3 on Isla Ometepe @ Selvista

in collaboration with Sustainable Vets International

Carlos - a european-trained Nicaraguan ferrier caring for the horses

Who’s this course for?

If you’re an English-speaking animal lover living in Nicaragua who wants to know how to best care for your animals in the tropics, then this course is for you!

We focus specifically on dogs, cats and horses in this weekend’s course, but are happy to answer questions you have about any animals you may be interested in.

Who runs the course?

Selvista Guesthouses is hosting the seminar, with featured speakers Dr Shelley Lenz (founder and president of Sustainable Vets International), local practicioners Dr Faran Dometz and Dr Davina Flores (the friendly vets from Ometepe Vet Clinic) and European-trained ferrier, Carlos Carbarra, for practical demonstrations.

Dr. Shelley earned her Ph.D. in pharmacology from University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She earned her DVM degree from Ohio State University in 2001. She worked as an equine vet at the prestigious Hagyard-Davidson-McGee in Lexington, KY until 2004. Realizing her vocation in life is to bring quality and accesible veterinary care to rural areas, she moved to the Great Plains of North Dakota and also began to work internationally serving the underserved. While serving in the international animal welfare community, she realized a large gap in the long-view for sustainability for animal welfare as well as the interconnectedness between animal welfare, human health and productive agriculture. Based on this need, she founded SVI in 2014.


What topics will be covered?

Nutrition - First Aid - Parasite control - Preventative Health - Infectious Diseases Unique to Nicaragua and more...

You can write to us when you sign up letting us know of any specific topics you would like to cover over the weekend. This course will be tailor-made to suit the participants

Hands on training:

Professionals will show you how to check your pet’s vital parameters and how to handle your animals when transporting them with minimal stress

What else is included?

We will visit the renouned Ometepe Vet Clinic for a tour of their services and let you get to know the area and professionals that care for our animals here in Nicaragua.

We will also take a trip to Hari’s Horses at Finca Montania Sagrada in Merida for a look at their well-kept horses and take a guided horseriding tour with them across the island.

Pay it forward:

Part of the proceeds from this course go to a day’s seminar providing support to local owners of livestock in January 2020. The day will included advice on proper nutrition, care and butchering of animals for those with livestock and chickens on Isla Ometepe. The November course participants are invited to this day at no extra charge and a pig roast will be included.

Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. Prices are based on the type of accommodation selected. Contact us now to check availability.

We include:

  • three night's accommodations

  • breakfast and lunch

  • *tour of Ometepe Vet Clinic

  • hand's-on workshops in taking vital paramaters for dogs, cats and horses and stress-free handling

  • horesriding tour

  • an invitation to return in January to the livestock advice day and hog roast.

See our accommodation options here: Selvista Guesthouse collection