An update from team Spay n’ Play (warning - some graphic content): After our first placement in South Africa, we packed our bags and headed for Phuket, Thailand to spend two weeks at Soi Dog Foundation. It was such a rewarding and enriching experience working alongside their extremely dedicated team to improve the health and welfare of Thailand’s stray dog and cat populations. While there, we were lucky to assist with morning treatments (wound management, ear/eye cleaning, administration of medications, etc.), and spend our afternoons shadowing and assisting the veterinarians in surgery, sterilization, imaging, and physiotherapy. We also joined their team once a week to visit a large government pound where we performed routine husbandry tasks and socialized with the dogs in an effort to improve their overall welfare. This was a truly eye opening and rewarding experience, and we are so extremely grateful for the incredible work that Soi Dog does for Thailand’s animals in need. We’re heading back to Canada now after an unbelievable experience with Global Vets. Thank you to everyone who supported the Global Vets team this year!
An update from team VR: Our first placement at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia had an exciting start when we had the chance to assist Robin, the resident veterinarian, with the sedation of a lion. After she was darted we were able to help with blood collection, vaccination and monitoring of anesthesia. Moments later she was awake and back to her wild self! We were also thankful to learn so much about cheetah conservation and how changes in farming practices, like providing Anatolian shepherds for protection of livestock, can support the cheetah population as well as the community.
An update from team Sub-Saharan Conservation and Community Outreach:
Olivia, Nicola and Kaylyn have just completed a two week placement at Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Providing low cost veterinary care to the surrounding impoverished township, Mdzananda Animal Clinic works in the community and for the community to foster animal care and welfare. The clinic is involved in education outreach initiatives to bring information and resources to township members, creating a community that cares for animals. During their time at Mdzananda, the girls were involved in sterilization procedures, stray animal care and re-homing initiatives, building dog kennels for the community and much much more. In addition to involvement in daily care and management of hospitalized patients, the team helped to provide low cost vaccination and parasite control services to community pets. Next stop for this team is some work alongside wildlife veterinarian Rowan Leeming within game reserves including the Hulhluwe Imfolozi, Mkhuze, and Ithala Parks!
An update from team Spay n’ Play: It’s been about a week since we finished up our first placement with Waterberg Wildlife Vets in Vaalwater, Limpopo South Africa. Our two weeks with Dr John van Zyl provided us with so many amazing opportunities to explore the profession, broaden our knowledge, and enhance our skills. We were privileged enough to see a wide range of cases dealing with small domestic species, production animals, and lots of wild game species native to South Africa. Some of the highlights included assisting with sterilizations on a tiger and wolf for a local private collection, routine testing for reportable diseases on a herd of buffalo prior to relocation, a cesarian section on a pregnant sheep, and so many more. We are so grateful to Dr van Zyl for making this such an incredible learning opportunity. We had so much fun and will carry these experiences and skills with us through our next placement, and our veterinary careers beyond.
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Another update from Team Ready. Vet. Go! The majority of South African wildlife reside on game farms or national parks to reduce illegal poaching and overhunting of wild populations. Game Farms have been established to assist in creating stable breeding populations of a range of native species, including antelope, rhinos, and even giraffes!The team assisted Dr. Van Zyl in routine procedures such as micro chipping, DNA sampling from tail hair, ear tagging, measuring horn length, and analyzing fecal samples on a game farm. Photo 3 shows a severe eye injury in a sable antelope bull after suspected trauma from a tree branch. Dr. Van Zyl cleaned and flushed debris out of the eye and gave the bull injectable and topical anti-inflammatory and antibiotics to avoid further damage.