June was a totally busy month, full of epic achevements in India!
In Ranchi, 2558 vaccinations and 1063 surgeries were implemented, this brings the total vaccinations in Ranchi for this year alone to over 24,193 dogs.
From an educational perspective, June’s Ranchi education drive was also phenomenal with 12,013 members of the community targeted through the rabies community education and awareness programme.
The team fell in love with Nelly, a rescued orphan foal, she has received veterinary treatment and has been transferred to the IPAN shelter. She has been renamed as 'Ariel'. She is making friends, settling in well and has made a staggering recovery.
We welcomed a group of students from Canada who spent a couple of days on a donkey clinic in Mettupalayam and then a week at the IPAN shelter clinic operating on dogs and attending rescue cases. They also completed a booster vaccination drive in Masinagudi followed by a post-vaccination suvey by ITC India's Dr Ashwin.
Talking of the ITC, two courses were run in June, each with 12 participants who provided very positive feedback about the course and the skills and experience they have gained from it. One course particpant took the time to provide us with the following feedback:
Words are not enough to express my heartfelt gratitude and respect towards you and your team .After attending this training programme which had ended on 3rd june, my concepts regarding animal welfare, asepsis, surgery and most important of all my attitude towards the silent beings has changed a lot.The confidence and knowledge this training programme has instilled in me is well beyond expression and I have understood very well the importance of team work and coordination in conducting such programmes. I salute you and your team of well trained doctors for your patience, commitment and untiring efforts to equip participants like us with all possible information. Your optimism and unwavering enthusiasm in patching things up is unique and a model to be followed. WVS ITC and IPAN are two organisations that has added a meaning to my life as a veterinarian. Thank you once again for all the help, love,care,support and cherishable memories rendered throughout these 12 days. Wishing you all the best for your future endeavours.
The WVS India team also participated in a couple of community runs (which provides epic training in chasing down street dogs). The Dogs Trust truck with 'WVS India 5 years for rabies-free Nilgiris' banner on it was on proud display. The entire team apparently felt that these runs were fun and that they were a good way to develop team spirit and to engage local publicity.
Dr. Navas (one of our vets in India) has prepared a protocol for the ITC’s in India and Thailand accordingly and Dr. Navas will now be able to lecture on this during the India ITC courses which is fantastic. This was as a result of Dr. Navas completing a two week long online CPD course in 'Practical infection control' - organised by ONCORE.