VetTrain Cambodia hits the ground running

By | 2018-11-10T12:03:41+10:00 November 8th, 2018|News|

Thursday 8th November 2018

Vets Beyond Borders’ VetTrain program enters an exciting new phase: From the 5th until the 16th November, a team of VBB volunteer veterinarians are in Phnom Penh, providing clinical training to veterinarians working with Cambodian animal welfare organisations.

VetTrain 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. Today, the program also offers training in other clinical disciplines to allow appropriate treatment of the myriad of diseases and injuries that afflict animals struggling for survival on the streets of towns and cities around the world.

For more information on VetTrain, please visit our VetTrain webpage.

VBB’s team of volunteer veterinarians will be in Phnom Penh 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 is being held on the premises of Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS), a longstanding VBB Partner Organisation.

Attendees include 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).

VetTrain volunteer Dr Gordon Corfield, a specialist in small animal surgery from Veterinary Specialist Services in Queensland, said, “This is an exciting opportunity to take VBB to Cambodia and to hopefully make a meaningful and measurable difference to the emerging veterinary profession there. I also look forward to learning from them; from their professional experiences and their experiences within their community.”

Dr Luke Michel, an experienced general practitioner from Greencross Vets, is also excited about seeing a country that he’s never visited before, meeting new vets and understanding how they practice veterinary medicine.

“I always enjoyed teaching and find that it helps me to continue learning and reminds me of important principles that I need to use in my day-to-day work,” he said. Luke became a vet for a number of reasons, including being involved in overseas projects like VBB’s VetTrain,” he said.

If you have post-graduate qualifications or training, or experience in clinical teaching, and are interested in volunteering as a VetTrain instructor, please contact us via: