Virbac are pleased to confirm their continued support to Wildlife Vets International in their campaign to reduce the risk of population decline in the African painted dog due to disease. Also known as African wild dogs, these animals have disappeared from much of their former range in sub-Saharan Africa and are classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Domestic dog clinics are run on community lands on the outskirts of Hwange National Park, near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. WVI has gathered sponsorship for a veterinary team to undertake the neutering part of the programme and Virbac have kindly provided the necessary anaesthesia and pain relief. The clinical work comes under the jurisdiction of the local State Veterinary Department. Other support include grants from Painted Dog Conservation UK, Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation, Securos Surgical, product provided by animal health companies and donations through the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018.
The team left for Zimbabwe on 20th September, led by Jane Hopper, Head of Veterinary Services at Aspinall Foundation. She was accompanied by:
Dr Clive Munns, Director and Veterinary Surgeon, Montgomery Veterinary Clinic
Lucy Toombs, Head Vet Nurse, Montgomery Veterinary Clinic
Beth Dixon, Veterinary Surgeon, Spire Vets Chesterfield
Ashley Clayton, Veterinary Surgeon, Chestergates Veterinary Specialists (Twilight vet) and RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre (part time intern).
Gareth Jones, Veterinary Surgeon, Tyldesley Veterinary Clinic