VWB/VSF is pleased to announce an on-line summit set for September 23 to discuss animal health in Canada’s North. The goal of the summit is to generate an open dialogue about challenges and opportunities related to animal care, particularly in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Advancing One Health in Canada’s North Through Improved Access to Animal Care will include presentations by Northern community members, wildlife officers, veterinarians, educators and others on topics such as First Aid for Dogs, Raising a Healthy, Happy Dog, Careers in Animal Care and Management, and the Historical Use of Working Dogs in Canada’s North.
The summit is one element of the Northern Animal Health Initiative, a program funded in part by PetSmart Charities of Canada that is working on several fronts to improve animal care in the North. It brings together activities initiated by VWB/VSF over the past decade into a single cohesive program. Among them are temporary veterinary clinics in remote, underserved communities, the creation of a database of the organizations and individuals providing animal care in the north, an examination of veterinary policy and regulations, and bursaries for two students – one from Nunavut and one from NWT – pursuing post-secondary education in animal sciences, wildlife management, marine sciences, or environmental science in 2020-2021.
As with all of VWB/VSF’s work, the Northern Animal Health Initiative is structured around the concept of One Health which brings animal health practitioners together with people from other disciplines to address the health of animals, people, and the physical environment from a holistic, interconnected perspective.
The summit is free of charge and is open to anyone with an interest in the topic. Space is reserved for people from Northern communities and for students from the North.
Advancing One Health in Canada’s North Through Improved Access to Animal Care
Wednesday, September 23
8:30 am to 4:30 pm MDT (Yellowknife)
10:30 am to 6:30 pm EDT (Ottawa)
As a member of VSF International, Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières is pleased to share the network’s 2019 annual report highlighting the impressive collective results achieved by members. In 2019, the members of VSF International ran projects and programmes in 35 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, improving the livelihood of over 2.16 million households, with an overall budget of € 51.1 million. Together, we treated more than 27 million animals, supported over 6,000 animal health professionals (including 4,850 Community-based Animal Health Workers), and distributed over 42,000 animals to vulnerable households.
Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières is part of a group of Canadian organizations and scientists calling on the federal government to work toward a global ban on wildlife markets. A “wet” market selling live and dead wildlife in Wuhan China is widely considered to be the source of the COVID 19 pandemic. The groups says that shutting down such markets worldwide, as well as other avenues through which wildlife are marketed around the world, is essential if we are t prevent future catastrophes like COVID 19. Executive Director Monique Charron signed the letter on behalf of VWB/VSF. Board Chair Dr. Katie Clow, and founder Dr. David Waltner-Toews are listed among the scientific experts who contributed to the letter. To read the full text, click HERE.
VWB/VSF is looking for individuals with interest/experience in animal health and international development to join our Board of Directors. In particular we are looking for people with finance experience, who have worked at a senior level in government, or have a background in communications or marketing.
For details please follow the link below.
Our latest financial statements are now available. Click HERE for the audited statements for 2018-2019.