An invitation has been issued for vets and nurses to volunteer for outreach projects in Africa in September 2014.
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has launched WSAVA Global Outreach, an initiative to help share the knowledge and experience of its members more widely around the world.
It will operate through a programme of outreach initiatives as an extension to its annual world congress, which takes place in Cape Town.
As part of Global Outreach, the WSAVA is calling for volunteers for two initiatives around the world congress:
The WSAVA-animal wellness and welfare committee (AWWC) programme and the WSAVA-SAVA volunteer community veterinary clinics programme.
The AWWC is offering the opportunity for up to 10 veterinarians registered to attend world congress to volunteer for Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW), an animal welfare organisation whose work is supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
Volunteers will carry out a six-day placement from September 8 to 13 assisting CLAW personnel running mobile veterinary clinics, which provide basic health care and education for the animals of impoverished communities and their owners.
The WSAVA is also offering the opportunity for 10 veterinarians registered to attend world congress to volunteer for a five-day placement working with the South African Veterinary Association’s Community Veterinary Clinic (SAVA-CVC).
They will assist with activities including running mobile veterinary clinics and providing basic care such as vaccination and parasite treatment.
WSAVA president Colin Burrows commented: “WSAVA Global Outreach is a vehicle to enable us to create a lasting legacy in every region which hosts the world congress because if we all work together, we can help to build a better future for everyone in the profession.”
Further details on how to apply can be found at www.wsava.org