Plans for VetTrain are currently on hold; however, VBB is keen to ensure is it resumed as soon as possible. The enormous value of training local vets will be carried out by vet trainers recruited through VetMatch.
History and background on VetTrain
Vets Beyond Borders has completed many successful VetTrain (VT) courses in India. The report on the fourth course, the third to be held in Gangtok, Sikkim, can be found here. The first VetTrain course in Jaipur, in collaboration with the Humane Society International (HSI), took place in September 2012 - find out how it went here.
The VBB Regional VT courses in 2012 and 2013 were possible through our supporter’s donations and a successful collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ). UQ were successful in their application for a Public Sector Linkages Programme (PSLP) Grant from AusAID. The purposes of the PSLP grant are to to transfer capacity-building skills and expertise from Australian universities, federal, state and territory government departments and agencies to public sector counterpart institutions in partner countries, and to support the strengthening of sustainable and development-focused public sector bilateral and regional linkages. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) will be the counterpart organisation and VBB will be the implementing partner in India.
The purpose of the VT courses is to produce increased skills and knowledge for veterinarians, para-veterinarians, project managers and animal handlers in the areas directly relevant to an Animal Birth Control-Anti-Rabies (ABC-AR) program. The project aims to significantly impact animal welfare in India by promoting the use of accepted surgical, anaesthetic and pain management protocols and humane animal capture and handling techniques. In addition, we aim to reduce or eliminate inhumane culling as a means of dog population control by promoting the use of ABC. It will allow the AWBI to implement and enforce its Standard Operating Procedures and increase the capacity for rabies control work in India.
Dr Davinder Kumar, who attended the VT Course in Delhi writes: "It is [a] great pleasure to let you know that surgical skills I gained in Vettrain program are helping in a great way in my practice. It has really resulted in substantial up gradation in my surgical skills and inspired me to set high standards in veterinary surgery."
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Photo: Trainee watched by Dr David Gray, VT Sikkim, India.