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Collaborative Rabies Education and Dog Population Control Project in India with ResQ and Mission Rabies

Fri 7th Sep 2018

WVS has teamed up with our sister charity Mission Rabies and ResQ Charitable Trust in Bavdhan, Pune for a super project training Indian vets in correct Animal Birth Control procedures whilst helping the local animal population. 

An incredible 260 sterilisations were performed during this collaborative project and 12 new vets have now been trained, able to use their newly improved surgical skills to provide sustainable veterinary care in the region. 

Teams from the WVS Hicks ITC and Mission Rabies visited the ResQ centre to support this project, along with our mighty mobile veterinary truck. Students from the local veterinary schools were also invited on board to see the incredible facilities available and showcase how much can be done for animals here with this one-of-a-kind mobile unit. The truck spends its days travelling across India to different cities, providing on-board surgical training and treating dogs and cats in the area. Whilst stationed here in Pune, it was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase this unique tool and work together with other likeminded organisations to help the next generation of Indian vets. 

Education was a large focus in this project, and we also hosted a workshop about rabies elimination, what the disease is and how it can be prevented. India is one of the world’s worst hotspots for the disease and therefore it is even more vital that communities here know how to deal with the disease. 

We’ve loved the opportunity to work alongside so many other passionate veterinary professionals and to team up with ResQ for this project. Initiatives like this prove that together, we can be the difference!