Exciting new pilot project commencing September 2023

Exciting new pilot project commencing September 2023

Seeking experienced vets and nurses

Vets Beyond Borders is establishing a new program in Vanuatu that will result in a manageable dog population, compatible with good health of both islanders and dogs.

This project is designed to mitigate the animal and community health risks associated with the overabundance of dogs and build the community’s capacity to sustainably manage these risks, which include:

  • Potential ingress of rabies
  • Dog bites
  • Infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans
  • The mistreatment of dogs
  • Insufficient resources to manage the health and wellbeing of individual dogs
  • Environmental damage and negative impact on local native wildlife
  • Negative impact on tourism, leading to economic hardship

VBB is seeking experienced vets and vet nurses for a pilot program which will begin to address these risks by working with local partners to deliver:

  • A surgical desexing program to control the dog population
  • A vaccination and disease prevention control program to reduce the risk of rabies and other diseases
  • Clinical training of local veterinary personnel
  • Training in humane dog capture and handling
  • Community education on health, disease and husbandry of dogs

Volunteers will be provided with:

  • The opportunity to be part of an exciting new program
  • Airport pick up/drop off
  • Local orientation and hospitality
  • VBB t-shirt
  • Professional indemnity and public liability insurance

Thanks to the Petbarn Foundation, VBB is  currently able to cover the cost of flights, equivalent to return economy fares from Brisbane to Luganville, and accommodation to the value of $50 per night during the clinic.

Visas are not required but volunteers will need a passport with six months validity and evidence of a return, or onward, ticket.

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