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Meet the Junior Vet on the WVS India Working Equine Project

Tue 8th May 2018

Our Working Equine Health and Welfare Project in Tamil Nadu, southern India has been progressing well, thanks to support from WTG and the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust, and a dedicated team of veterinarians steering the project forward. Alongside helping animals in need, the training of vets is an important aspect of our work. We're pleased to announce Dr Tvesa Ranganath has joined the team, assisting our work as a new junior equine vet. We've been catching up with her to find out how she's getting on...

How did you get in the role?

I volunteered with WVS in Goa last year and loved the work environment, but I knew small animals weren't my calling. I have always wanted to be an equine vet and was super excited when WVS opened up a position for a junior equine vet, thanks to funding received from WTG. I began in March 2018!

What has been the highlight of the project so far? 

During the last equine course the WVS team helped rescue a pregnant pony that was stuck in mud and severely dehydrated. That was quite an adventure! I also love that the majority of the work we do is outdoors and that we go to the patient rather than the patient coming to us.

What have you learnt so far?

When I started working here, I had very minimal knowledge about horses. Over the last two months I've learnt how to approach an equine case and most important of all, how to deal with difficult owners who do not realise the difference veterinary care can make to their animals.

What is the most challenging part of the job?

Dealing with owners who think they are equine experts, and also making do with the few resources that we have to treat the horses and donkeys. It shows how much can be done to help animals even with limited resources.

How would you explain WVS to someone new?

WVS is more like a large family than a workplace, where everyone is dedicated to helping animals in need.