Team Pre-Vet have been doing some amazing work in rural Eastern Cape communities as a part of the VA32 Pre-Vet Project where as well as taking part in exciting African wildlife captures, assisting with veterinary work and studies, we also focus on helping the thousands of neglected domestic animals in local townships. Find out what the team have been up to this month...
We pre-vets have just returned from an extended outreach mission in the former-Transkei, South Africa. For those of you who don’t know, this area is a huge territory with thousands of cultural villages and was one of the "homelands" of apartheid South Africa.
|Traditional thatched rondavels at Bulungula|
We were working in an area called Bulungula, where a non-profit organization called the Bulungula Incubator has done some amazing work for the surrounding communities including several educational, health and infrastructural development projects. The backpackers we stayed at is called Bulungula Lodge and is one of the Incubator’s biggest projects as the community owns 40%. You can read more about this amazing place and their mission here: www.bulungula.com.
Recently the pre-vet project was approached and asked to come to the lodge to do what we could to treat the domestic animals and educate the people in the area. We didn’t know what to expect when we got there but were happy to find a warm welcome and a lot of pet owners that were genuinely interested in the health of their animals. We even got to attend a village meeting where we could answer some of the questions and concerns of the community. By the end of our stay we had examined, dipped and treated over 100 dogs!
|Treating dogs with the help|
of their owners
|The village meeting where the community|
could chat to us about the best care for their animals
The positive response and interest from the community was extremely encouraging and it was clear that we were improving the quality of life for every dog we saw. There is a lot more work to be done up there and we are very excited to go back and do more!
Thanks team vet! Can't wait for your next update :)