From the 14th-21st September we carried out a training course at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (IAAS) in Chitwan, Nepal, in collaboration with the Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART).
The courses were run at the university to give veterinary students the chance to gain practical experience conducting surgeries, something that many of them have never had the opportunity to do before.
A total of 23 participants were taught both theory and practical which covered a variety of topics, from how to confidently spay/neuter a dog, to protocols in anesthesia and how to monitor it.
The courses were also a great opportunity to raise the students’ awareness of the importance of responsible administration of antibiotics, humane animal handling, euthanasia and general ethical practices.
The courses focused on anti-rabies work, where students learnt about the importance of humane dog population control in limiting the effects of the disease and how to set up effective Animal Birth Control programmes.
This is the third year in a row that we have run the week long courses with the university that follow the practical surgery and anesthesia protocols used by our ITC, which is renowned in India and Internationally for providing training to vets in best practice techniques. The courses were organised by one of our volunteers, Maiju, who has previously worked at our ITC and who ran last year’s course. Maiju was assisted by three Nepalese veterinarians, all of whom have participated in courses at our ITC based in South India.
We will be working closely with the university over the coming years, running student training courses as well as supporting HART on an on-going bases, who have been a long-term supported charity of ours.