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WVS Australia - Our First Project at Bung Yarnda

Wed 22nd Jul 2015

WVS Australia launched its first project that involved providing free veterinary support to the indigenous community of Bung Yarnda​. 

Dr Stewart Ryan (Senior Lecturer, Head of Small Animal Surgery Service at The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Veterinary Science) and Dr Thierry Beths (Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anesthesia & Pain Management also at The University of Melbourne) supervised eight DVM students whilst delivering the project in Australia – providing shelter medicine to animals in an indigenous community on Lake Tyers, in Gippsland, Victoria.

‘Bung Yarnda’ is the name of the mission known as Lake Tyers in Victoria‘s Gippsland region,  and it is originally the land of the Gunai/Kurnai people. 

Last week, despite shivering through the coldest week for Victoria in fifteen years, the team provided free veterinary health checks, vaccinations, micro-chipping and de-sexing surgeries to approximately 38 animals in the community.  There were also a couple of unexpected tumour surgeries, one of which took about four hours to complete.

We want to thank everyone in the team who contributed to the delivery of this project – supervisors Stewart Ryan and Thierry Beths, and students Cally, Aparna, Tegan, Ash, James, Kate, Nicole and Andrew.

We also want to acknowledges the following sponsors whose amazing support enabled us to make this trip happen– 3M, Welch Allyn, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck and BBraun.

Thank you so much to the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust who were so wonderful to work with.  We look forward to seeing you again next year!

WVS Australia was launched last month with brand ambassador and National Geographic Channel personality, Matt Wright, the Outback Wrangler.