Blog 2018-08-10T17:50:43+10:00

Thank you to our volunteers on Vet Nurse Day

October 11 is Vet Nurse Day, a special day to acknowledge the important and valuable role vet nurses play within the veterinary medical team! Vets Beyond Borders thanks all our veterinary nurse volunteers who assist volunteer veterinarians and local staff on our international projects, helping to save animal lives! Vet nurses assist with restraining and treating animals, cleaning and re-dressing wounds, administering medications, setting up ORs for the day’s surgeries, including at field camps, packing kits and much more. Some visit local schools to help educate children about animal safety or spend quiet time entering data on a computer database. Every day they work to make each patient as comfortable, pain free and happy as possible. Sometimes, this means sitting with the animals and spending time giving love. We are grateful and send our love to vet nurses not just today but every day!

Be aware of the spread of rabies, vaccinate to eliminate Dog-mediated virus 99% fatal, 100% preventable

World Rabies Day is on September 28 and Australian-based international animal charity Vets Beyond Borders is highlighting the importance of vaccinating dogs to help prevent the spread of the deadly rabies virus. Rabies kills nearly 60,000 people around the world every year, according to the World Health Organisation. The virus is spread through the saliva of infected animals by biting another animal or a person, and it is always fatal once clinical symptoms appear. An estimated 5.5 billion plus people live at daily risk of rabies¹. Thankfully, Australia is free from this disease. “Rabies is nearly always fatal but it’s 100 per cent preventable by vaccination,” said Maryann Dalton, CEO of Vets Beyond Borders, which deploys volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses across the globe to deliver animal health and community awareness programs where they are desperately needed.  “Australia does not have rabies. But we need to bring this deadly dog-mediated

VBB offers veterinary student volunteers valuable experience

Sydney University veterinary student Ivan Duong has always had a strong interest in helping underserved animals and their communities and yearns to begin his career in shelter medicine. Naturally, when the option of volunteering for Vets Beyond Borders in Cambodia came up this year as part of his final year university placement programme, he immediately jumped at the opportunity! Ivan volunteered for three weeks at the Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS) clinic, whose staff has been extremely welcoming and an absolute pleasure to work alongside and to learn from them, he said. “I was very appreciative of the tight knit culture exhibited by the local vets at PPAWS. They have lunch every day at the clinic in a circle! It was a great team to work with!” said Ivan. In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience assisting vets with desexing procedures, consultations and treatments of hospitalised patients, Ivan also gained

Volunteer Spotlight – VBB VetMatch in Cambodia a great experience for vet student

Sydney University veterinary student Esther Kim always wanted to volunteer for a not-for-profit animal welfare organisation, and when an opportunity came up with Vets Beyond Borders earlier this year, she jumped at it. Esther travelled to Cambodia where she volunteered for three weeks at the Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS) clinic as part of her final year university placement programme. “The PPAWS clinic works to improve animal and human welfare in Cambodia through providing rabies vaccinations and desexing stray animals. It is a very selfless organisation and I am very happy I was a part of the team,” she said. Esther currently works as a weekend nurse/receptionist at Alexandria Veterinary Hospital. At her workplace and university, she has access to state-of-the-art facilities, resources and expert advice when required. By volunteering at a third world veterinary clinic, she wanted to learn how to be adaptable and flexible in situations where resources are not readily available. “I wanted to