Collaboration between Vets Beyond Borders, the Government of Bhutan and local NGO’s should enable a well-structured programme to operate throughout the country, delivering veterinary services to the street-dogs and communities of Bhutan and controlling their numbers in a humane and sustainable manner.
This is a natural development from the state-wide model in Sikkim. We envisage this programme will serve as a country-wide model for this region of Asia. Target outcomes for the initial collaboration are to improve the surgical skill of the Government veterinarians, teach current techniques in surgical steralisation, improve dog catching methods and develop sound surgical protocols for all ABC field units.
This programme will demonstrate an effective alternative to methods currently employed to control the street dog population in Bhutan. The various stakeholders have already been consulted and steps undertaken to reduce the carrying capacity for strays eg refuse collection, pet dog registration, vaccination and sterilization, and community education. Vets Beyond Borders will also provide advice to the local NGO’s in shelter management and resource development.