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The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education aim is to strive towards improving the quality of life for all animals through education, training and by influencing policy at the highest level.
Monday, 24 March 2014
University – NGO collaborations support veterinary students
Last weekend the Liverpool University Veterinary Zoological Society
help their annual symposium, inviting speakers from Chester Zoo, the British
Veterinary Zoological Society. The Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), and the
Jeanne Marchig international Centre for Animal Welfare Education. The JMICAWE
work with WVS to support and promote humane dog management and rabies control
strategies in India, and has also offered expertise in mass dog rescue, and in
brown bear veterinary care.
At the symposium, Heather Bacon of the JMICAWE outlined the challenges
of veterinary work overseas and highlighted her work in collaboration with WVS
and Animals Asia to address medical issues in captive bears rescued from the
dancing bear trade in Serbia.
“Overseas work can be extremely
challenging – there is often a lack of specialist equipment and expertise.
Whilst our intentions in undertaking challenges overseas may be good, it is
vital that we consider the experience of the animals receiving
‘well-intentioned’ treatment and ensure that we are not inadvertently creating
welfare problems. It is easy for enthusiastic students to find themselves in
difficult situations, and whilst volunteering overseas can be hugely rewarding,
charities like WVS also offer students the support they need when venturing
into overseas veterinary work.”