Vets Beyond Borders has been running Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies (ABC-AR) programs in India for nearly 15 years in collaboration with local stakeholders and supported by Fondation Brigitte Bardot. Having seen the benefits of the Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health (SARAH) program in the northeast state of Sikkim, the program eventually spread to Ladakh –the ‘Land of the High Passes’ renowned for its spectacular Himalayan mountain views. The program has become an important activity of the Ladakh Animal Welfare in Action (LAWA) program with increasing community support. VBB Director and Treasurer Dr David Gray recently visited Sikkim and Leh, Ladakh to appraise the progress of the projects and volunteer in the day-to-day activities. Having volunteered in Sikkim and Ladakh several times over the years, Dr Gray has once again had a very positive experience. “It was great to see the progress that the projects in Ladakh and Sikkim have
They say you’ll become busier after retirement and this is certainly true for Australian veterinarian Dr Alan Sherlock, who recently celebrated his 72nd birthday and 10th annual, 6-8 weeks, volunteer trip to Sikkim, India. Dr Alan retired earlier this year but continues to volunteer annually for Vets Beyond Borders to support a team of vets, paravets (vet nurses) and staff on the SARAH (Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health) program in Sikkim. SARAH is a collaboration between VBB, the Government of Sikkim and Fondation Brigitte Bardot, and activities involve canine rabies vaccination, humane dog population control, community education and treatment of sick and injured animals. Dr Alan recently returned from his 10th trip to Sikkim with a feeling of accomplishment, saying he had an enjoyable experience as all his previous trips have been. By now, he knows many vets, vet students, Government authorities and members of the public, all over
Vets Beyond Borders operates across the world with Partner Organisations on various animal health and community awareness programs where they are desperately needed, and which have a direct influence on animal and human health. As part of VBB’s VetMatch program, volunteers travel to countries like Sardinia to support sterilisation campaigns and Botswana to help the Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) protect their wildlife through domestic animal care, sterilising and vaccinating thousands of dogs to reduce breeding and disease. VBB’s experienced VetTrain volunteers provide clinical training in Cambodia to vets who are working with local animal welfare organisations. Also, as part of a new partnership with The University of Sydney, VBB vet students head to Cambodia to assist vets on cases, administer treatment drugs and provide supportive care to animals in need. VBB volunteers also heavily contribute to rabies control and public education in India, which carries a third of the world’s
British veterinary nurse Helena Coaley has volunteered her time and veterinary skills around the world with one goal in mind - to promote the welfare of animals. Two years ago, she travelled to Sikkim, India, to volunteer in the Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health (SARAH) program. A collaboration between VBB, the Government of Sikkim and Fondation Brigitte Bardot, the SARAH program’s activities involve canine rabies vaccination, humane dog population control, community education and treatment of sick and injured animals. “It was the most fabulous experience!” Helena said about her 2016 trip. “My goal was to try to contribute to making a change to animal welfare, and after three months working on the SARAH project, I realised the dedication of the staff and the difference they are making for the whole of the community of Sikkim.” Helena returned to Sikkim in April for seven weeks to assist the para-vets and once
- Progress in animal birth control and anti-rabies programs in India
- Australian vet celebrates 10 years volunteering for VBB!
- The Halfway Mark – 2019 We are now halfway through the year and we need more help!
- Volunteering for VBB’s SARAH program
- Vet Nurse Trish Returns to Sikkim for Another Volunteering Adventure