Who we are
Vets Beyond Borders is an Australian-based charity established by veterinary volunteers in 2003. It recruits volunteers and provides expertise for veterinary-based animal and public health projects in communities needing such assistance across the world.
What we do
- Recruit volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses plus other appropriately quailified volunteers to work on animal welfare projects thorugh the VetMatch program
- Provide expertise to under-resourced organisations to help them establish and run effective veterinary-based intervention projects
- Provide a Community Education Program for local organisations and volunteers to run in their locations.
- Undertake the clinical training of local veterinary personnel to build their skills and create sustainability in animal welfare via the VetTrain program
- Where possible supply resources such as medications and surgical equipment.
Based on annual project audit reports, since 2003, we have
- Surgically sterilised over 30,000 street dogs preventing the birth of thousands more street dogs each year
- Vaccinated over 65,000 dogs and cats against rabies
- Trained over 320 local veterinary staff to increase their surgical skills and animal welfare knowledge
- Provided care for thousands of animals whom have never seen a vet before and performed pain relieving and life saving procedures including fracture repair and cancer treatment
- Contributed to developing kennels and infrastructure to hospitalise injured animals
- Worked with governments in developing countries to implement humane alternatives to euthanasing or impounding stray dogs.
Where we work
Currently VBB's focus is on establishing the VetMatch program but continues to work in Sikkim. VetTrain is also being prepared for a relaunch in centres where animal birth control and public health programs are operating..