Rabies is one of the oldest diseases on the planet, and claims the lives of an estimated 59,000 people every year. However, rabies is 100% vaccine-preventable. A dedicated team work tirelessly to deliver these lifesaving vaccines and protect countless communities.
Mission Rabies is a UK charity committed to changing this horrifying statistic by spearheading the global operation to eliminate canine-mediated human rabies deaths by 2030.
Teams of vets, vet nurses, international volunteers and animal handlers all come together with local charities to vaccinate as many dogs as possible. Every vaccine can be lifesaving, but it’s not all about the dogs. By educating communities about dog behaviour, rabies symptoms and, crucially, the actions to take if they are bitten, Mission Rabies is reducing bite incidence, saving lives and improving the relationship between dogs and people. In Goa for example, the charity’s largest project, human rabies deaths have reduced from 17 in 2014, to zero in 2018. Globally, Mission Rabies has now vaccinated over one million dogs and educated more than three million people!
Mission Rabies began working in Blantyre, Malawi following a worrying report from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the district, which in 2012 recorded the highest incidence of child rabies deaths from any single institution in the whole of Africa. Mission Rabies’ expert team in Malawi has identified an urgent need to expand their project to the south, into Thyolo district. With over 24,000 dogs living here, and 80,000 children at risk, this community is in desperate need of protection. With your help, our team can deliver a targeted vaccination drive and protect thousands of lives in the coming weeks. Please donate today !
These projects wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated vets and volunteers who join Mission Rabies’ international projects. If you are looking to use your veterinary skills to help eliminate the world’s deadliest disease, take a look at the volunteering opportunities available throughout the year: www.missionrabies.com/volunteer. Who knows what an impact your veterinary career could have!
10th September is World Suicide Prevention day
Studies published over the last few years show a higher suicide rate in veterinarians in the US, UK, Norway and Australia, compared to the general population. I suspect this statistic is not confined to just these countries and instead reflects where the research has taken place. We don’t fully understand all the reasons for the higher suicide rate in the profession but we do know it is multifactorial. Check for more >>>
Chair, FECAVA Mental Health & Wellbeing Working Group
Romanian Prison Dogs Program
The idea of rehabilitating penitentiary inmates through human-animal interaction programs is not new; but given the situation in Romanian penitentiaries and animal welfare in Romania, this kind of project was almost unthinkable in the spring of 2016 when it all started. Though there had been some attempts before, things could simply not get off the ground. The breakthrough came with the initiation of a collaboration between Pet Stuff Universe Veterinary Hospital (PSU), The State Penitentiary Bucharest Jilava (PBJ) and two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), The Utility Dogs Club (Clubul Cainilor Utilitari, CCU) and Big Heart Society (BHS).
The 68th IVSA Congress was held from 21st of July until 1st of August, 2019 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. With its slogan "Many vets, one path" it gathered 143 delegates from 32 countries.
The congress included an academic, scientific, cultural and social program, which provided students opportunities to discuss important veterinary related issues and to learn more about each other’s cultures and countries, thereby improving their knowledge and veterinary skills and setting up a network of international relations that will benefit them tremendously in future.
FECAVA vice president Denis Novak gave an overview of FECAVA activities during one of the GA meetings and addition to that lectured on: "Successful Small Animal Consultation and Diagnostics: How Not to Panic" and "Small Animal Radiography: Welcome to The World of Shades".
Overview report on Measures to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance through the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials in Animals
European Commission has published a final report which summarises the second part of a DG Health and Food Safety project regarding antimicrobial resistance (AMR), in particular the efforts to encourage the prudent use of antimicrobial in animals, as advocated in the relevant Union guidelines. The report shows that that the majority of countries have implemented specific measures to promote prudent use of antimicrobials. Encouragingly, the approaches are already showing results. Check for more>>>
MSD/FVE – 2019 Veterinary Student Scholarship Program
MSD Animal Health and FVE are providing $5,000 scholarships for 36 European veterinary students from the 2ndor 3rd year. Students should be studying in a veterinary establishment accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and be a citizen of a European country.The applications are available at the FVE website or Facebook page and should be sent by October 30 to email@example.com. Check for more >>>
Polish campaign “Do you love your Pet? Health and care.”
Polish Association of Small Animal Veterinarians and the Society for the Care of Animals in Poland have launched educational campaign for pet owners “Take care of your pet. Health and care.” Owners can find information about pet health and care in the articles, that were released on July 6 in an online version at wpunktozdrowiu.pl. The topics cover effective protection against parasites, selecting a proper diet, how to prepare for the holiday season, the importance of responsible adoption and more.
This May, a group of volunteers in the Czech Republic launched “Red Paw” (Červená tlapka), the country's first online register of potential dog blood donors. The founding of the platform was a consequence of a constant shortage of dog blood, needed for urgent transfusions. Its goal is to facilitate the search of a nearby donor to the owners of a dog that needs a transfusion. The search is based on the postal code.
Seven years of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study
More than 3,000 golden retrievers are enrolled in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which was launched in 2012 by the Morris Animal Foundation, a global leader in supporting studies, so as to find solutions to serious health threats to animals. The Study reached its 7th anniversary in August and is one of the largest and most comprehensive prospective canine health studies in the United States. Its purpose is to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. Findings will be used as a launching point for multiple health studies in dogs. Check for more >>>
Study shows: High-intensity TNR is the most effective way to stabilise feral cat populations
A study led by the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D) compared the impacts and associated costs of seven different management strategies for reducing cat populations. It was discovered that TNR can most effectively reduce preventable deaths and the population of community cats over a 10-year-period. TNR or Trap-Neuter-Return is the method of trapping feral cats and kittens, so that they can be neutered or spayed by the veterinary surgeon and returned to their territories. Most TNR programs also vaccinate, feed and provide care for free-roaming cats.
In its August edition, the Dog's Today (UK's largest magazine for dog owners) published an article on Dutch prohibition of the breeding of dogs with too short muzzles. FECAVA has welcomed this news and made a statement that was included in the article.