British vets and veterinary nurses were at the forefront of a charity’s animal welfare work across the globe on World Veterinary Day.

Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), based in Cranborne in Dorset, supports more than 600 animal welfare organisations all over the world with vital veterinary supplies and teams of volunteer vets, VNs, students and members of the public with no veterinary experience.

The charity made the most of World Veterinary Day last weekend to highlight its work in India, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

In northern Thailand, WVS charity support and projects manager Denise Laughlin, who is a vet nurse, has been working alongside a British vet and two Thai vets at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES).

The shelter was set up to help rescued elephants, but has seen an increasing number of other animals brought in. Many were in need of veterinary care, but the sanctuary was without the facilities and supplies to provide it.

Now it has been named winner of WVS’s Animal Champions Award for 2014, and the Dorset charity has built it a new veterinary clinic.

The clinic was launched on World Veterinary Day last weekend and the Denise led a team that carried out a neutering and vaccination campaign for both locally owned and feral dogs.

World Veterinary Day also saw WVS teams working in India. The WVS International Training Centre in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, ran a training course for Indian vets in best practice surgical techniques. Five Indian VNs assisted. A Mission Rabies team is in Goa on a six-month campaign to vaccinate and neuter 28,000 dogs.

British VNs are also working on WVS projects in Botswana and Carriacou, a dependency of Grenada.

WVS managing director James Florence said the work showed the charity was making a real difference.

“At WVS, we like to make the most of World Veterinary Day and really spread the word about the importance of providing veterinary aid to animal welfare charities all over the globe,” he said.

“This is a vital resource they all need and, in many countries, it is just not available.”

The Animal Champions Award will be made annually by WVS, with the winner provided with support to tackle an animal welfare project of its choice.

For more information on WVS and to find out how to support its work, visit

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