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Vet Beyond Borders celebrates veterinary professionals on World Veterinary Day

Vets Beyond Borders celebrates the contributions of veterinary professionals on April 27 ...

Vets Beyond Borders is an Australian-based, international charity that deploys volunteer veterinarians, nurses and other animal welfare workers throughout the year to deliver animal health and community awareness where they are desperately needed.

On World Veterinary Day (April 27), Vets Beyond Borders celebrates the contributions of veterinarians and veterinary nurses to the health of animals and communities around the world.

“Since 2003, VBB volunteers have made a measurable contribution to the health and welfare of animals and people in developing communities around the world. They have carried out extensive rabies vaccination, public education and animal birth control measures to assist prevention of the spread of zoonotic diseases in the population,” said VBB CEO Maryann Dalton.

VBB VetMatch Program in India - Photo Credit: Edwina Kearney

In the last financial year, VBB desexed more than 7,000 animals, administered nearly 36,000 doses of anti-rabies vaccine and 290 doses of distemper vaccine, in addition to the medical, surgical and hospital care volunteers provided to hundreds of sick and injured domestic animals and wildlife¹.

Through its VetMatch and VetTrain programs, VBB provides the volunteers and facilitates clinical skill development of local vets.

VBB volunteer Dr Victoria Bondin, a veterinary surgeon in Malta, travelled last year to Ladakh, India, where she was involved in desexing and vaccinating street dogs for rabies.

“I want to make a difference, however small, in the suffering that stray animals endure,” she said. “I know there is a big stray dog problem in India, which brings with it a huge rabies problem. I look forward to the day when this disease can be eradicated for good.”

Providing vet students experiences of a lifetime

VBB also provides invaluable experiences for veterinary students, through its new partnership with the University of Sydney, to volunteer in Cambodia. 
(lead image: Sydney Uni vet students - Photo Credit: Pnom Penh Animal Welfare Society).

Emily Bidgood, final year vet student at Sydney University, said, “The opportunities for veterinary students to help in Cambodia are endless, including sharing their academic knowledge and gaining practical experience. It opens your eyes to the difference within the world and makes you appreciate the extremely high level of veterinary care we have in Australia.”

VBB’s VetTrain program also offers training to veterinarians in developing countries on various clinical disciplines to allow appropriate treatment of the myriad of diseases and injuries that afflict animals struggling for survival on the streets of towns and cities around the world.

VBB VetTrain volunteer and veterinarian Dr Luke Michel of NSW said he always enjoyed teaching and finds that it helps him to continue learning and reminds him of important principles that he needs to use in his day-to-day work.

“I’ve been very lucky to work with some terrific vets over the years who have taught and mentored me, and I’d love to be able to pass on what they’ve shown me,” he said. “To stay passionate about my job I need to have new experiences that I enjoy and highlight how lucky we are to work in this industry.”

Much needed donations for local vets - Photo Credit: Edwina Kearney

VBB volunteers are priceless! 

Ms Dalton said Vets Beyond Borders is grateful for the continued generosity of volunteers throughout the year. After all, volunteers pay for their own travel expenses.

“We need funds to purchase medical equipment and vaccinations to treat street dogs for distemper, parvo and rabies. We encourage animal lovers to support VBB volunteers in giving animals in developing communities access to basic veterinary care and training local vets to make a difference, too,” she said.

¹Eliminating Dog-Mediated Rabies in Sikkim, India: A 10-Year Pathway to Success for the SARAH Program. Frontiers in Veterinary Science Journal (March 2017).

About Vets Beyond Borders

Vets Beyond Borders (VBB) is an international animal charity based in Australia that is operating since 2003 to help improve the lives of animals and humans in developing communities around the world. 

Through its VetMatch and VetTrain programs, VBB deploys volunteer veterinarians, veterinary nurses and other animal welfare workers across the globe to deliver quality animal health and education/community awareness programs where they are desperately needed. Our volunteers provide desperately needed veterinary treatment and are actively involved in anti-rabies immunisation (ABC-AR) projects and efforts to humanely control the population of homeless dogs and cats by surgical sterilisation (animal birth control surgery) across the globe. 

In Australia, VBB’s AVERT (Australian Veterinary Emergency Response Team) program has volunteers standing ready to deliver prompt treatment to animals affected by natural disaster or outbreak of exotic disease.

For more information about our programs and how you can help, please visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 18th April 2019

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