The VetTrain Program was launched by Vets Beyond Borders in 2009, in collaboration with the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Ministry of Environment & Forests (Government of India), to provide clinical training to veterinary personnel working with animal birth control and anti-rabies (ABC-AR) projects in India. Since that time, hundreds of veterinarians, veterinary nurses and humane animal handlers have completed VetTrain courses in India and several other countries in the region.
The VetTrain model is now widely respected and acknowledged as being the most successful training initiative of its kind in India. VBB is delighted that the format has been adopted by other organisations active in India. VBB recently broadened the scope of VetTrain, so that it is positioned to offer training in a range of clinical topics of relevance to veterinary personnel working with animal welfare projects around the globe. It also assists veterinary colleges that have difficulty sourcing and retaining teaching staff, due to location or financial constraints.
A new and exciting phase of VetTrain has commenced:
With the support of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, VBB has established a pool of volunteer trainers: veterinary specialists, veterinarians with other relevant post-graduate qualifications and highly credentialed veterinary nurses willing to travel to animal welfare projects run by VetTrain-registered Partner Organisations around the world, to deliver VetTrain courses to veterinarians and veterinary nurses working with these projects. We are delighted to continue to accept expressions of interest from veterinarians, with appropriate post-graduate training and experience, who are considering joining the VetTrain “faculty”.
VetTrain now offers clinically focused courses in a range of disciplines, including surgery, internal medicine, dermatology and diagnostic imaging, to name a few. It has been designed to deliver much-needed training to improve the health and welfare of animals in developing communities, which typically only have access to very basic veterinary care.
Using our register of Affiliated Animal Welfare Organisations, and with the support of the Commonwealth Veterinary Association and the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, these courses are available, free of charge, to personnel working with animal welfare groups in locations where veterinarians and allied personnel have little or no access to continuing professional development programs.
When funds or material donations allow, VBB endeavours to assist in the supply of desperately needed clinical materials and equipment to VBB-Affiliated Organisations.
If you have post-graduate qualifications or training, or experience in clinical teaching, and are interested in volunteering as a VetTrain instructor, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
VetTrain continues to expand its scope, offering post-graduate training in a range of clinical disciplines, to improve animal welfare in areas of great need.
India has a large population of street-dwelling animals, mainly dogs. These animals are frequently involved in road accidents, sustaining serious injuries, often including limb fracture.
On the 2nd and 3rd March 2019, a VetTrain workshop in small animal orthopaedic surgery was held at Bangalore Veterinary College, in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru. This was arranged as a satellite event of the Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference.
Australian specialist small animal surgeon and VetTrain volunteer instructor, Dr Philip Moses delivered training on several topics including management of limb fractures utilising intramedullary pinning in combination with external skeletal fixation, patellar instability and anterior cruciate disease.
Twenty-three local veterinarians attended this workshop. Feedback has been extremely positive; participants have already indicated their strong desire that a second VetTrain session be held in 2020.
A VetTrain team visited Phnom Penh in November 2018, providing postgraduate instruction to an enthusiastic group of veterinarians working with a range of animal welfare organisations in Cambodia.
VBB’s team of volunteer veterinarians were in Cambodia for two weeks, providing instruction on clinical techniques in aspects of small animal anaesthesia, surgery, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging to local veterinarians working to improve the welfare of animals in Cambodia.
Training was held on the premises of Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS), a longstanding VBB Partner Organisation.
Attendees included veterinarians from various organisations including our host PPAWS, Cambodia Pony Welfare Organization – CPWO, AVSF – Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, Animal Rescue Cambodia (ARC), Animal Mama Veterinary Hospital & Pet Wellness Center (AM), Forestry Administration (FA) and Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (PTWRC) – Wildlife Alliance (WA).