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

Dr Pete getting the snip for VBB!

VBB volunteer Dr Peter Van Orsouw from Belgrave South Veterinary Clinic (VIC) says it’s time for it to go – his hair that is! – all for worthy causes. Dr Pete has been growing a luxurious mane of hair (like a true Leo!) for the past four years with the view of raising funds for Vets Beyond Borders. He also wanted to donate his hair to people who have lost theirs through cancer or Alopecia. And so, he has decided the time has come for the big snip! “I also think my hair is starting to plot against me. I wake up some nights almost strangled in it!” he said. Dr Pete has been following the works of Vets Beyond Borders for over a decade and has always wanted to volunteer too but hasn’t been able to make the time. “It is still my goal to volunteer in India or

Education about dog bites key in rabies prevention

In the lead up to Dog Bite Prevention Week (April 7 – 13) and World Health Day on April 7th, Vets Beyond Borders is raising awareness about rabies prevention in countries where dog bites lead to thousands of human deaths ever year! Rabies infection is caused by the rabies virus, which is spread through the saliva of infected animals by biting another animal or a person. It is nearly ALWAYS fatal, but it’s 100% preventable by vaccination. Australia is free of rabies, but tragically the virus kills approximately 59,000 people every year – 40 per cent children in Asia and Africa, according to the World Health Organisation. Rabies also causes financial hardship when people have to pay for vaccination after bite wounds.  An estimated more than 5.5 billion people live at daily risk of rabies (source: Global Alliance for Rabies Control). VBB volunteers deliver Community Awareness programs in schools and community groups in

Veterinary volunteers in the Christmas spirit, generous all year round

Sydney, Australia (November 2018) – Many veterinarians see their work as a calling and have an ongoing desire to give back to the animal kingdom.  Veterinary volunteers with Vets Beyond Borders, an Australian-based international animal charity, devotedly share their time, knowledge and skills not just during the season of giving but all year round. “Since 2003, VBB volunteers have made a measurable contribution to the health and welfare of animals and people in developing communities around the world,” said VBB CEO Maryann Dalton. Through its VetMatch and VetTrain programs, the charity deploys volunteer veterinarians, veterinary nurses and other animal welfare workers throughout the year to deliver animal health and community awareness where they are desperately needed. “You feel like you’re welcomed, you’re wanted, and you’re making a true difference,” said Victorian veterinarian Dr Alan Sherlock, who has volunteered annually in India for many years training local vets in veterinary medicine