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

The Halfway Mark – 2019 We are now halfway through the year and we need more help!

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

Volunteering for VBB’s SARAH program

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

Vet Nurse Trish Returns to Sikkim for Another Volunteering Adventure

Vets Beyond Borders volunteer Trish Keating had always wanted to volunteer overseas so that she could travel, experience different cultures and assist local veterinary programs with her 16 years of veterinary nursing experience in Australia. Trish currently works as a senior vet nurse for Mamre Road Veterinary Surgery and North Richmond Veterinary Hospital in NSW. Her dream had always been to see the Himalayas and so in 2017 she went on her first volunteer trip to Sikkim, India! “I had the privilege to work with some of the most dedicated people I have ever met – the SARAH (Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health Program) team,” she said. “My peers, the paravets, are amazing and I would be proud to work with them again anywhere, anytime.” And so she did, returning to Sikkim earlier this year for another two “awesome” months! “Things were more familiar this time round so I got

An inspiring vet nurse volunteer experience in Cambodia

Vets Beyond Borders member Kate Taylor, a vet nurse and dog trainer from Queensland, went on her first volunteer mission to Cambodia last month and returned with a big smile and wonderful, inspiring stories to share! “Uplifting would be the best word to describe my volunteer experience in Cambodia for so many reasons,” she said. “On a personal level I quickly felt connected to a group of like-minded animal carers even though we spoke different languages. The work was sometimes confronting, but ever so rewarding and I came away with a lasting feeling of satisfaction having done just a tiny amount to contribute.” Kate volunteered at the Phnom Penh Animal Welfare (PPAW) clinic in Phnom Penh. Before she left, she was looking forward to achieving a sense of understanding and ultimately to being useful in a practical way. “Predictably, it took a while to settle in and see what work was needed where,”