Volunteer veterinary teams are continuing their efforts in Nepal in the wake of the two devastating earthquakes.

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Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) sent two teams to the Himalayan country after the first earthquake working alongside the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

World Animal Protection (WAP) also has teams working in Nepal. It said Nepal is a country reliant on agriculture, which employs more than 70% of the population.

WAP disaster communications manager Scott Cantin said: “With this new tragedy, our already urgent and critical delivery of relief becomes truly a difference between life and death for animals and their owners.

“Our work protecting the animals affected by the earthquake will also help to protect the future livelihoods of the people of Nepal.”

WVS team has a team based in Kathmandu and another travelled overland from India to get into the rural areas that were hit worse. They helped to deal with livestock injured when makeshift shelters collapsed on them.

WVS also sent out and key veterinary supplies, and CVS, the corporate veterinary practice group, gave the charity a significant volume of products, including anaesthetics and consumables such as bandages.

WVS chief executive Luke Gamble said the support from the veterinary community and the public for those animals and people affected by the Nepalese earthquakes had been phenomenal.

“Many of the Nepalese vets who have attended our training courses in India or the annual September training courses we run with the Nepalese vet association in Nepal, linked with our teams and we were able to target our resources and aid under the direction of local knowledge and with local vets,” he said.

“IFAW sent a team to Kathmandu and we dovetailed under them, supporting in a veterinary capacity with their general disaster management strategy and ongoing programmes surrounding Kathmandu.”

He said it had been a “brilliant” example of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) pooling together and working for the greater good.

“On behalf of WVS, a massive thank you to the profession for being so supportive, resourceful and compassionate in helping with this recent crisis,” he said.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to receive so many offers of help from so many altruistic individuals and groups.”

To find out more about the aid efforts, go to www.wvs.org.uk or www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/

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