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VetTrain

Delivering free clinical training courses to regions where it's not readily accessible or affordable

Delivering free clinical training courses to regions where it's not readily accessible or affordable

The VetTrain Program was launched by Vets Beyond Borders in 2009, in collaboration with the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Ministry of Environment & Forests (Government of India), to provide clinical training to veterinary personnel working with animal birth control and anti-rabies (ABC-AR) projects in India. Since that time, hundreds of veterinarians, veterinary nurses and humane animal handlers have completed VetTrain courses in India and several other countries in the region.

The VetTrain model is now widely respected and acknowledged as being the most successful training initiative of its kind in India. VBB is delighted that the format has been adopted by other organisations active in India. VBB recently broadened the scope of VetTrain, so that it is positioned to offer training in a range of clinical topics of relevance to veterinary personnel working with animal welfare projects around the globe. It also assists veterinary colleges that have difficulty sourcing and retaining teaching staff, due to location or financial constraints.

 

Delivering much-needed training to improve the health and welfare of animals in developing communities

VetTrain offers clinically focused courses in a range of disciplines, including surgery, internal medicine, dermatology and diagnostic imaging. When funds or material donations allow, VBB endeavours to assist in the supply of desperately needed clinical materials and equipment to VBB-Affiliated Organisations.

Shivamogga, India

February, 2020

VetTrain Cattle Workshop

Vets Beyond Borders’ VetTrain volunteer instructors, traveled to India to present at an International Workshop on advances in diagnosis and treatment of ruminal disorders of cattle.

The workshop was organised by the Indian Buiatricians Association and the Commonwealth Veterinary Association in collaboration with VBB and held at the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University in Shivamogga, in the Indian state of Karnataka.

VBB VetTrain presented a series of lectures to Indian cattle vets on anatomy, anaesthesia and surgery of the abdomen of cattle, and ran practical workshops on rumenocentesis, nasogastric intubation, abdominocentesis, rumen fluid examination, rumenotomy and abomasal displacement correction.

Shivamogga, India

VBB have established a pool of volunteer trainers, with the support of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists

If you have post-graduate qualifications or training, or experience in clinical teaching, and are interested in volunteering as a VetTrain instructor, we would be delighted to hear from you
Bangalore Veterinary College, India

Bangalore Veterinary College, India

March, 2019

VetTrain Orthopaedics Workshop

VetTrain continues to expand its scope, offering post-graduate training in a range of clinical disciplines, to improve animal welfare in areas of great need.

India has a large population of street-dwelling animals, mainly dogs. These animals are frequently involved in road accidents, sustaining serious injuries, often including limb fracture.

On the 2nd and 3rd March 2019, a VetTrain workshop in small animal orthopaedic surgery was held at Bangalore Veterinary College, in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru. This was arranged as a satellite event of the Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference.

Australian specialist small animal surgeon and VetTrain volunteer instructor, Dr Philip Moses delivered training on several topics including management of  limb fractures utilising intramedullary pinning in combination with external skeletal fixation, patellar instability and anterior cruciate disease.

Twenty-three local veterinarians attended this workshop.  Feedback has been extremely positive; participants have already indicated their strong desire that a second VetTrain session be held again.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November, 2018

VetTrain Small Animal Clinical Techniques and Diagnostic Imaging

VBB’s team of volunteer veterinarians were in Cambodia for two weeks, providing instruction on clinical techniques in aspects of small animal anaesthesia, surgery, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging to local veterinarians working to improve the welfare of animals in Cambodia.

Training was held on the premises of Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS), a longstanding VBB Partner Organisation.

Attendees included veterinarians from various organisations including our host PPAWS, Cambodia Pony Welfare Organization – CPWO, AVSF – Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, Animal Rescue Cambodia (ARC), Animal Mama Veterinary Hospital & Pet Wellness Center (AM), Forestry Administration (FA) and Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (PTWRC) – Wildlife Alliance (WA).

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