Veterinary training in developing countries.
Animals are essential to millions of families in the developing world; The availability of Veterinary medicine and competent practitioners is crucial for food security, human health and animal welfare. We offer practical training for basic veterinary health workers at a village level (barefoot vets) through to courses for fully qualified DVM’s.
We have delivered courses in regions as diverse as southern Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan), The Horn of Africa (Ethiopia and Somalia) and the Middle East (Palestinian West Bank in Israel), for clients as diverse as the British Army (via SPANA), Brooke Hospital for Animals, The Committee for Rehabilitation and Aid to Afghanistan (CRAA), the Donkey Sanctuary and private individual philanthropists.
Our philosophy is simple:
Firstly the target community have to want veterinary services made available to them. i.e.Bottom up development. Once this is established a course can be organised.
What do we teach?
We endeavor to teach Practical skills for conditions which are common in that region. All our courses are taught in the field where locals are invited to bring animals that need treatment. It is not unusual to have over a thousand animals turn up!
Who do we teach?
We identify people who are static in the community (often women or married men) so that the skills stay in the community. We have found that young men often move to the city.
How do we teach?
This depends on the numarcy and literacy of the students. We use innovative teaching techniques such as the standing post mortem. (see gallery) But the emphasis is always on good strong practical clinical skills.
What happens after?
After training individuals will be able to offer their skills to the community as a whole. To make this sustainable the service can’t be free at the point of delivery but animal keepers have to pay for the drugs and the para/barefoot vets time. Hence it is vital to get the community involved from the first instance to ensure the feasibility a project.
What else needs doing?
It is vital that methods for the handling and storage of drugs and vaccines (cold chains etc) are established and that reliable supplies of genuine, non-counterfeit medicines are made available.
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