The WVS team on board the truck has been working with local organisations to target specific areas for the dog sterilisation and vaccination campaign. The team carry out the surgeries while training local government vets in best practice surgical techniques, so they can continue the work when the WVS vets move on to the next location. This gets repeated on a yearly basis, so follow up courses can also be held.
September 2013 saw the launch of the WVS/Mission Rabies mobile veterinary clinic in India. This all terrain 6-wheel drive truck is fully equipped with the latest surgical and diagnostic equipment and has a built in operating theatre with digital x-ray capabilities.
Over the past 3 years the truck has been working in multiple locations conducting outreach clinics and veterinary training courses for Indian vets. One of these locations is the city of Ranchi, in the east of India. This is the most populous city in the state and home to thousands of dogs.
There have been many achievements from this work, from inspiring a new wave of Indian vets to support ongoing sterilisation campaigns, to increasing the range of the Mission Rabies work throughout the country. It’s a project that excites young and old in the cities we work in and has a massive impact for years to come.
The truck will remain in Ranchi until 17th September, before moving on to Goa and linking up with the Mission Rabies team for World Rabies Day.