Since the inception of Vets Beyond Borders, we have sought to aid animal welfare and animal care projects with our nearby nations. This aspiration came to fruition in 2014 with our visit to Vanuatu.
VBB always works in collaboration with a local organisation and in Vanuatu that partner was SAWA (Sam's Animal Welfare Association) - commonly known in Vanuatu as Sam's.
Sam's is a small but active animal welfare group based on the island of Efate, Vanuatu. The organisation is lead by Australian veterinarian, Dr Karin O'Connor and her non-vet husband Roderick, who have lived and worked on the island for over 12 years.
One day per week, Dr Karin opens her private clinic for Sam's work, providing animal welfare veterinary work for free, treating sick and injured animals from surrounding villages. At times the vet and vet assistants (who are local Ni Van people) will visit local villages and perform veterinary work there.
Sam's has some Ni Van vet assistants who perform vet-nurse tasks but are not formally trained as such. In the whole of Vanuatu there are only four veterinarians: Dr Karin, Sam's helper Dr Christina and two quarantine vets on Espirito Santo.
Over the past several years, Sam's has treated hundreds of dogs for free and sterilised approximately 1000 dogs through mobile clinics. It now needs VBB's assistance to reach out to care for more of the dogs in villages requiring assistance.
VBB's Vanuatu Project Manager,
Ms Vicki Franklin with local friends.
IF YOU WISH TO ASSIST SAM'S PLEASE CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY VIA THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE