As you may have see, the Ste-Rose Veterinary Hospital has recently been involved in a great project in partnership with the Foundation for Veterinary Aid International (FVAI). Indeed, Leane and I will fly to Africa with FVAI, for 3 weeks, to hold neutering clinics of cats and dogs.
Foundation for Veterinary Aid International is a quebec based foundation dedicated to animal aid in foreign countries. Dr. Marie-Josée Simard and Dr. Martine Nadeau are the two veterinarians behind all these beautiful projects.
Their mission is to promote access to veterinary care, where people are poor and ecosystem is fragililized by overpopulation of pets such as cats and dogs. During their travels, the volunteer team also try to raise awareness and educate people on how to care for these animals. The passage of the foundation across different countries, helps to control long-term pet overpopulation by holding neutering clinics. In addition, de-worming are administered as early as possible, because the animals are often infested with parasites of all kinds.
The team assembled for each project is never the same, because it's always made up of volunteers. Teams are made up of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students in veterinary medicine and animal health technology, but also people with no special training in the field and willing to help. In such projects, all volunteers are essential.
Since all of these services are free, donations are critical to the FVAI, mostly to pay for the necessary equipment. For its part, the Hôpital Vétérinaire Ste-Rose as agree to give a percentage of all nails trims and emptying of anal glands which will be made by the end of January 2015 to finance part of our trip.
Do not hesitate to consult the website of the FVAI, to see all their projects!
Catherine Lapierre, Certified Veterinary Technician
Edit: During their time in Botswana, in February 2015, the FVAI team neutered a total of 287 cats and dogs in 11 days !