Vets Beyond Borders’ VetTrain volunteer instructors, Dr Natasha Lees and Dr Mark Booth, are travelling to India to present at an International Workshop on advances in diagnosis and treatment of ruminal disorders of cattle at the end of the month.
The workshop is organised by the Indian Buiatricians Association and the Commonwealth Veterinary Association, in collaboration with Vets Beyond Borders, and will be held at the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University in Shivamogga, in the Indian state of Karnataka.
The course will involve presentations and practical sessions, covering diagnostic techniques and surgical procedures.
Natasha (Tash) is a senior associate with Scibus, working in extension delivery of animal health management education to farmers, research support, mastitis management consultancy and various government agricultural projects. Mark is a mixed practice veterinarian at Kiama Veterinary Hospital in NSW, with many years of bovine medicine experience.
Tash and Mark are excited to be volunteering for VBB for the first time and looking forward to experiencing another culture.
Over two days, they will be presenting a series of lectures to Indian cattle vets on anatomy, anaesthesia and surgery of the abdomen of cattle. Practical workshops will cover rumenocentesis, nasogastric entubation, abdominocentesis, rumen fluid examination, rumenotomy and abomasal displacement correction.
Mark said, “I have 20 years of mixed practice veterinary experience and it’s fantastic to be able to impart some practical knowledge to overseas vets. I think this type of volunteering is a win-win situation”. He and Tash will deliver practical training to refine the skills of Indian colleagues, leading to improved animal welfare outcomes. “For a volunteer, it’s an amazing experience to immerse yourself in another culture and give back,” he added.
Tash said she’s looking forward to being involved in the great work VBB is doing, now and into the future.
“The workshop will no doubt be a learning curve for both myself and the vets in India. I will learn so much about their veterinary and agricultural industry and their culture, and they will learn techniques and approaches to cattle management,” she said.
VBB’s VetTrain program was launched in 2009 with the initial purpose of providing clinical training to veterinary personnel working with animal birth control and anti-rabies projects in India. A decade on, the program is now able to provide training in a wide range of clinical disciplines, to allow appropriate treatment of the myriad of diseases and injuries that afflict animals around the world.
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