Becoming a vet requires significant effort. The amount of schoolwork and hours spent as an intern is on the order of that to become a doctor. At the end of this education and training lies what could be a very profitable career. When the people of vetcharity donate their time it's a very serious donation indeed. They're not just donating the time they spend in surgery with the animals, they're donating all of the long nights studying and sacrifices they made to get to that point.
Vetcharity works across Southeast Asia and India. One of their major efforts is to control the populations of street dogs. Many of these dogs have rabies, a disease which is often fatal to humans. The volunteers from vetcharity capture, examine and desex these animals. It's a humane way to prevent the spread of disease and control the population of feral dogs.
From their website, here's a description of their Bali Street Dog Field Clinic.
The field clinic is a mobile field hospital that travels out to pre-arranged locations in the areas surrounding Denpasar. They work with the local banjar (community) and catch neuter and release both owned village dogs and captured true strays. Dogs are also treated for skin parasites and other problems.
They manage clinics in India as well.
Run in conjunction with Tibet Charity Denmark, this will be the first Animal Welfare project in this large state of North India. While starting this year with a small house based clinic, expansion over the next couple of years to a dedicated hospital, rescue facility and wildilfe centre is predicted. Dharamsala is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile, along with many Tibetan refugees and a large Indian community. The clinic will service outlying villages and Tibetan communities throughout this area of the Himalayas.
In addition to treating the animals, the vets are providing strong examples of Australian kindness and goodwill to the people they visit. They're helping spread a world of good across Southeast Asia.
Somehow, I'm not surprised.
As an aside, their website is an absolute joy to surf around. ScreenSaviour is a company that provides website design services and did an absolutely outstanding job on that site.
Photos from the vetcharity.org website reused without permission.
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