Vets Beyond Borders supports animal welfare and animal birth control / anti-rabies (ABC-AR) projects in various other locations around the world through the recruitment of skilled volunteers for our VetMatch Partner Organisations. There is more information on ABC-AR further down this page.
Please watch the presentation above to learn HOW the VETMATCH PROGRAM WORKS.
WHO CAN APPLY to volunteer with VBB:
-- All VBB veterinary volunteers must have at least two (2) years practical surgical experience to carry out a surgical role on projects.
-- VET NURSES must also have two (2) years experience in surgical support and anaesthetics to carry out their role on a project.
-- VETERINARY TRAINERS (especially those with a surgical specialty generally needed on animal welfare projects)
-- VET STUDENTS (4th or 5th year) will also be offered a vet nurse role on projects, supporting surgeons.
VetMatch LOCATIONS for remainder of 2017 and 2018
We have positions for VETS and VET NURSES in the following confirmed places and dates:
Timing: Sept/October 2017; Year round, subject to vacancies
[Also currently available is a full-time (paid) position for experienced vet nurse - email for more details]
Extras: Accommodation; free safari after 3 weeks commitment (spaces limited); APPLY HERE
Timing: 2018 campaigns: February now full; some spaces available for October 2018
(some other times outside of campaigns may also be avalable on request)
Extras: Accommodation provided for campaign volunteers; Italian hospitality.
MAKE AN ENQUIRY HERE to register your interest
Location: Phnom Penh (as well as scheduled visits to urban and provincial/island locations)
Timing: Year-round when spaces available;
Extras: Limited accommodation; some meals
VBB is also accepting applications from volunteers for other VetMatch locations in the PACIFIC ISLANDS for 2018 - please APPLY HERE and we will help fulfill your preferences for volunteering on some exciting projects.
The cost of applying and processing is via VBB VetMatch Volunteer Membership which is AUD$140 per year, during which time you can apply as many times as you wish. The application form also has our terms and conditions included.
In general, all VBB volunteers pay their own travel expenses and, in some cases, accommodation but the project operator will assist with helping you find appropriate accommodation for your budget and the location.
OTHER VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES with Vets Beyond Borders
We are also seeking expressions of interest for the AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (AVERT) program - if you are an Australian-licensed veterianarian or qualified vet nurse, please send us an EMAIL if you wish to express interest in that program. There is no cost to join the AVERT program but you must become a member of VBB ($75) to be covered by insurance. Please include in your message your location, mobile number and any disaster-response experience or training you have.
Both these projects are generously sponsored by Fondation Brigitte Bardot. VBB General Membership (A$75) is required to be placed on these projects.
VetTrain VetMatch volunteers will also be able to apply to join local training initiatives through our VetTrain program when it is scheduled. Aside from these occasional structured courses, there is also the opportunity for volunteers to offer their skills and expertise to local veterinary and animal-handling staff while voluntuneering on the project of a VBB Partner Organisation.
Community Education Programs feature the content and materials to help provide local organisations run ABC-AR projects in their own communities. If you have training experience or just wish to learn, please contact us for more details. The animal welfare benefits of these programs are immense. The benefits start with the agreements we help forge with the authorities to stop killing dogs as a method of population control and range to the improved health of street dogs once they are desexed, vaccinated and treated for illness. We support facilities with personnel for treating sick and injured animals should they require it. We have also overseen the cessation of indiscriminate, reactionary killing of street dogs when there is a rabies outbreak - instead, we educate and intervene.
THE PROJECT WORK
The Animal Birth Control (ABC) Program and Anti-Rabies Vaccination Program is a WHO (UN World Health Organisation) recommended program for humane control of stray dogs and rabies transmission to humans. It has been proven successful in other developed and developing countries. A systematic ABC program includes catching the dog, spaying/neutering, administration of an anti-rabies vaccine and returning the animal to the same spot from which it was picked up.
Why is ABC-AR successful?
Dogs are territorial in nature and do not allow other dogs to enter their territory. The traditional method of catch and kill of street dogs has proven to be unsuccessful. This is because the population of street dogs is dependant on available food and space in a given environment. If street dogs are poisoned, killed or otherwise removed, the remaining population multiplies rapidly to fill the empty biological niche. This kill program is also quite expensive for the municipal corporations. Hidden costs in the current regime include dog bites and human hospital treatments, rabies injections and anti-rabies injections. The ethical costs include subjecting a society to gruesome killings of community dogs on the streets and the operators doing the killing.
Aims of ABC-AR Programs:
- To humanely capture and surgical sterilise, then re-release to their orginial territory.
- To rabies vaccinate and administer appropriate treatment while captured thus ensuring a stable, healthy, rabies free population.
- To educate the local community about dogs being desexed and rabies vaccinated and thus no longer a perceived threat.
- To educate and encourage owners of pet dogs to desex and vaccinate them.