Improving Animal & Human Lives Through Project Samana

Project Samana has been a focal point of The Village Vets’ community initiatives since 2015. The organization was founded in 1993 by a group of veterinarians from the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association. They recognized the vitals roles animals such as horses, donkeys and mules played in the lives of the residents of the Dominican Republic, one of the poorest countries in the world. Since very few people can afford motor vehicles or modern equipment, these animals become the only mode of transportation for people, and subsequently, are directly tied to their livelihood and well-being. Since many residents do not have the resources to focus on the welfare of their animals, Project Samana fills the gap by offering essential medical care as well as educational opportunities for residents.

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Our Connection with Project Samana

Our hospital director and veterinarian at our Stone Mountain near Atlanta, GA, Dr. Carrie McColgan, has been involved with Project Samana since 2003. After her first experience in the Dominican Republic, she dedicated herself to international veterinary medicine and welfare issues of working animals in developing countries. In 2015, a number of our vets and staff made their first journey to the Dominican Republic along with Dr. McColgan. Now many of our staff go routinely each year. In January 2018, Dr. McColgan became president of the organization and continues to lead it and serve as many animals and people as possible.

Treating Animals & Educating People

Project Samana primarily focuses on the welfare of horses, mules, and donkeys, but we’ll also help companion animals including cats and dogs. Team Samana provides both medical care for the animals and education for their owners in order to empower them to care for the animals after we’re gone.

Some of the services provided include:

For equines:

  • Castration for stallions
  • Dental care since diseases of the mouth and teeth are a serious problem
  • Lameness evaluations and treatment
  • Senior horse care
  • Wound care for injuries

For cats and dogs:

  • Spay and neuter surgeries
  • Vaccinations (particularly rabies)
  • Treatment for parasites
  • Basic medical care for wounds or injuries
  • Donated collars and leashes for dogs
  • Post-surgical medication for at-home recovery

For people:

  • Education about parasite control, basic first aid, nutrition, and animal husbandry
  • Local animal health seminars in the community
  • Medical and surgical training to students and vets from Dominican schools

If you want to learn more about this animal welfare organization, please visit, inquire at your next appointment, or simply give us a call at your convenience.