A vet is set to swap Blantyre in Scotland for Blantyre in Malawi to lend her expertise to UK charity Mission Rabies.
Vet Fiona Thompson, who works with the Pets’n’Vets group in Scotland, will set off on the adventure of a lifetime in June, during which she will assist with the Mission Rabies programme, which works to eliminate rabies by combining global outreach vaccination programmes with education to improve human and animal health.
The veterinary services provided by Mission Rabies is reliant on a large team of dedicated volunteers from around the world.
Miss Thompson said: “Mission Rabies wants to make a real difference and have fun, and this, combined with working with animals in Africa, will be emotionally challenging at times, as well as immensely uplifting. I can’t wait to get out there for what is sure to be an experience of a lifetime.”
Mission Rabies chief executive Luke Gamble said: “The fact Fiona is volunteering is fantastic and we are hugely grateful for her help. This project is one of the flagships of the Mission Rabies programme. The central hospital in Blantyre, Malawi annually records the highest incidence of child rabies deaths from any single institution in the whole of Africa and the altruistic support of a vet like Fiona and the Pets’n’Vets family means we have a greater chance of changing that.”
Pets‘n’Vets partner Oliver Jackson said: “As the area targeted by Mission Rabies in Malawi is Blantyre, we thought this represented an ideal opportunity for Pets’n’Vets – which has a local community practice in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire – to contribute to this exceptionally worthwhile cause. That’s why we’re sponsoring Fiona to travel to Blantyre to make a real difference to human and animal health in Malawi.”
Blantyre, the capital city of Malawi, is named after David Livingstone, the medical missionary regarded as one of the most important explorers of the 19th century, who was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland.