This program is multifaceted with focuses on teaching, providing services, facilitating new programs, and improving animal welfare.
In October we travelled to Veracruz Mexico to participate in the second equitarian workshop hosted by the universidad of In October we travelled to Veracruz Mexico to participate in the second Equitarian Workshop hosted by the UniversidadNational Autónoma de México (UNAM), The American Association of EquinePractitioners (AAEP) and the Donkey Sanctuary. We helped treat tumors andsaddle sores in horses and burros, showed Mexican veterinary students field anesthesia and castrations, and met some truly incredible people from all over the world. This will allow us to expand our international projects in the future.
This fall RVETS made a substantial investment of time, money and supplies to help get a new program, International Veterinary Outreach (IVO), started and on its way to providing quality veterinary care to under served communities. Students from the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine founded IVO in 2011. The RVETS veterinarians and technicians traveled with them to a small fishing village on the west coast of Nicaragua, where we participated in their first adventure. IVO is currently planning toreturn to Nicaragua twice a year. The students also want to start a regular domestic trip to provide spay/neuter and preventative health services for dogs and cats in rural northern California. We are always excited when we can contribute to the solid foundation of another sustainable program!
The RVETS year started with a one day equine castration clinic in Red Bluff, California. Un-castrated horses are far more likely to become a part of the current unwanted horse population, and we are happy to be able to provide these services in the hopes of reducing the number of unwanted horses.
Both Eric Davis and Cindy McClinn have spoken several times at the University of California Davis this year and participated in a suture lab hosted by the Equine Medicine Club. We are currently working to put together an on line teaching module to help students from everywhere learn good suture techniques. As always, our on-line teaching materials are presented for free and without copyright.
The web site has received hits from the USA, Mexico, Italy, Egypt, SriLanka, China, Russia, Pakistan, India, Australia, England, New Zealand, Portugal, Canada, Nicaragua, South Africa, Ireland, Bulgaria, Thailand, Romania, Germany, Lebanon, Belgium, Sudan, Nigeria, Estonia, Iran, and 42 other countries. RVETS is serious about education and the more animal health professionals we can train and learn form, the better.