WVS launched our Australian office in 2015 with the aim of providing veterinary services to animal welfare and conservation charities and projects based in the Australian, Polynesian and Melanesian regions.
We are delighted to have a fantastic ambassador for WVS Australia, Chopper pilot and animal expert, Matthew Wright who has spent his life in the great outdoors drawn to creatures that most of us would run away from. Raised in the wilds of Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback, Matt became comfortable with wildlife, including deadly snakes, spiders and sharks, at a young age. Matt Wright is the perfect ambassador for WVS. One of our WVS volunteer vets, Prof. Thierry Beths, has appeared on Matt's tv show - The Outback Wrangler - as their veterinary expert.
Continuing on from the success of the Gippsland Indigenous Animal Health Program in 2015, WVS Australia will again deliver this programme in September 2016. Ten DVM4 students from the University of Melbourne, have been selected to participate and the project will be lead by Prof. Thierry Beths, head of the UoM Vet Hospital Anaesthesia service. This programme provides critical shelter medicine to community animals in the Indigenous community of Bung Yarnda, in Gippsland, Victoria.
WVS Australia has been working in collaboration with the National University of Laos towards the development of a new large and small animal clinic, that would also serve as an International Training Centre. Sponsorship commitments have been made to ensure the development of a sustainable veterinary service in this region, that would also serve to provide ongoing veterinary education to the community.
One of our sponsors, Vetcentric, is hosting a fundraising event this August in Melbourne for WVS. A link to ticket sales will be available shortly.
The University of Melbourne Graduate House, has nominated WVS Australia as their charity of choice for 2017.