MEDIA RELEASE: Major grant investment in Northern Animal Health Initiative from Kim and Stu Lang

 

Remote northern communities and veterinary volunteers work together to reduce incidents of rabies, provide spay and neuter surgeries, and animal care training.

OTTAWA, ON (February 3, 2022) – Veterinarians without Borders (VWB) is delighted to announce that a grant of $3M (CA) has been received for the expansion of the Northern Animal Health Initiative. This outstanding grant has been provided by Canadian philanthropists Kim and Stu Lang via their Angel Gabriel Foundation.

The Northern Animal Health Initiative launched as a pilot program in 2019 and has since administered more than 630 vaccinations, spayed and neutered close to 200 animals, and provided other necessary surgeries and examinations.

Dogs are loved and valued in Northern communities and have deep cultural and community significance. However, in 2017, a study conducted on behalf of VWB found 54 remote communities of 100 or more people in Canada’s three northern territories had little or no access to veterinary services.

Animals in the northern regions of Canada tend to live shorter lives, dying from diseases and causes that are either treatable or preventable.

Veterinarians without Borders supports communities by offering temporary veterinary clinics in a growing number of under-served communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Once invited, we work to identify needs and build a plan with community representatives to build local capacity to address animal care needs year-round.

Programming will integrate the One Health approach, recognizing that the health of animals is strongly interconnected with that of people and the environments they inhabit. Using this interdisciplinary and integrated approach is recognized as the most effective method of creating positive and sustainable health outcomes for both people and animals.

A bursary program will be offered to assist young people in the Territories in pursuing an education in veterinary medicine and/or animal care. This is with the goal of building Northern capacity and expertise within the communities.

“The Lang’s support will enable VWB and our northern community partners to build a sustainable framework that will create the conditions for lasting, community-driven animal health,” said Charmaine Brett, Executive Director of Veterinarians without Borders. Brett continues: “VWB places a significant focus on building partnerships with local communities. Kim’s vision for creating positive change, and her passion for the One Health approach, will allow us to help more animals in need, and it will elevate the voices and impact of our northern community partners. Kim and Stu Lang’s gift is transformational in its scope, and it is a very personal reflection of their deep love for animals and their desire to do a lot of good in the world. It’s philanthropic leadership at its best.”

“It is so meaningful for us to be involved in launching the expansion of such a special project, the Northern Animal Health Initiative,” said Kim Lang. “Our gift is a heartfelt expression of our life-long love for animals and our hope that this program makes a positive difference in the world. I hope it will have lasting beneficial impacts on animals in the north and the people who love them, by vastly improving access to life-saving veterinary care for animals who mean so much to their families and their communities.”

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Resources: Short Video - Local Perspective on rabies in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories

 
Media Contact:

Charmaine Brett
Executive Director
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M: +1-613-880-1655


Veterinarians without Borders acknowledges and recognizes that our headquarters office in Ottawa is on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation.

 

Special Message from our Executive Director

Thank you - you have made all the difference!

Over the last twelve months, you have had an indelible impact on the lives of thousands of people, families and their beloved animals by ensuring access to animal health services through a One Health approach.
 

  • In Africa, you helped us reach more than 80,000 people.
  • In Asia, you helped us train 7,000 trainers who, in turn, trained many thousands more.
  • In northern Canada, you helped provide over 340 animal health services in our remote clinics.
  • And you provided support to 420 Community Animal Health Workers with training and supplies to teach COVID-19 prevention, while these same workers still performed their usual duties administering vaccinations and treating sick and injured animals.


Those figures are not just numbers. They are actually about the health of individual animals and people, and the environments in which they live.
 
Your support is helping to improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized people, and supporting smallholder farmers - particularly women - to reduce poverty by improving family income and nutrition principally through improved production of livestock and crops.
 
As evidenced by the photo above of young Miss Hillary from the Canadian north, it really all comes down to the bonds we share, and how we care for each other.
 
Over these last many challenging months, I have been deeply moved and inspired by the resiliency of those living through this pandemic, in the middle of civil conflict, or with the upending effects of flooding and the ravages of climate change, and by those living remotely without access to even basic critical veterinary care for their animals.
 
So many of our beneficiaries have demonstrated a willingness to make life better for their animals and for their communities. We celebrate their every success and remain committed to providing transformative options to their everyday lives and survival.
 
I am so proud of the work of our passionate volunteers, the commitment of our community partners, and the dedication of our small and highly effective staff team.
 
Despite this unrelenting pandemic, Veterinarians without Borders is on the ground right now in some of the most at-risk places in the world. And we will continue to be there working with community partners to administer life-saving care, and providing the tools, resources, and training to accelerate our One Health vision as a sustainable way forward for their healthy future.
 
It is because of you that we can look toward 2022 knowing we have your generous support.
 
It is because of you that we have been able to, and will continue to, provide hope and an optimistic outlook, a brighter future, and change so many individual lives for the better.
 
Thank you for supporting the essential work of Veterinarians without Borders.
 
I look forward to sharing with you some exciting announcements about our new and expanding programs in the coming weeks.
 
Until then, I send you my most heartfelt wishes for a peaceful, gentle, and healthy entry into the new year.

 
 
 
 
Charmaine Brett
Executive Director

 

MEDIA RELEASE: Major grant investment in Northern Animal Health Initiative from Kim and Stu Lang (2)

 

Remote northern communities and veterinary volunteers work together to reduce incidents of rabies, provide spay and neuter surgeries, and animal care training.

OTTAWA, ON (February 3, 2022) – Veterinarians without Borders (VWB) is delighted to announce that a grant of $3M (CA) has been received for the expansion of the Northern Animal Health Initiative. This outstanding grant has been provided by Canadian philanthropists Kim and Stu Lang via their Angel Gabriel Foundation.

The Northern Animal Health Initiative launched as a pilot program in 2019 and has since administered more than 630 vaccinations, spayed and neutered close to 200 animals, and provided other necessary surgeries and examinations.

Dogs are loved and valued in Northern communities and have deep cultural and community significance. However, in 2017, a study conducted on behalf of VWB found 54 remote communities of 100 or more people in Canada’s three northern territories had little or no access to veterinary services.

Animals in the northern regions of Canada tend to live shorter lives, dying from diseases and causes that are either treatable or preventable.

Veterinarians without Borders supports communities by offering temporary veterinary clinics in a growing number of under-served communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Once invited, we work to identify needs and build a plan with community representatives to build local capacity to address animal care needs year-round.

Programming will integrate the One Health approach, recognizing that the health of animals is strongly interconnected with that of people and the environments they inhabit. Using this interdisciplinary and integrated approach is recognized as the most effective method of creating positive and sustainable health outcomes for both people and animals.

A bursary program will be offered to assist young people in the Territories in pursuing an education in veterinary medicine and/or animal care. This is with the goal of building Northern capacity and expertise within the communities.

“The Lang’s support will enable VWB and our northern community partners to build a sustainable framework that will create the conditions for lasting, community-driven animal health,” said Charmaine Brett, Executive Director of Veterinarians without Borders. Brett continues: “VWB places a significant focus on building partnerships with local communities. Kim’s vision for creating positive change, and her passion for the One Health approach, will allow us to help more animals in need, and it will elevate the voices and impact of our northern community partners. Kim and Stu Lang’s gift is transformational in its scope, and it is a very personal reflection of their deep love for animals and their desire to do a lot of good in the world. It’s philanthropic leadership at its best.”

“It is so meaningful for us to be involved in launching the expansion of such a special project, the Northern Animal Health Initiative,” said Kim Lang. “Our gift is a heartfelt expression of our life-long love for animals and our hope that this program makes a positive difference in the world. I hope it will have lasting beneficial impacts on animals in the north and the people who love them, by vastly improving access to life-saving veterinary care for animals who mean so much to their families and their communities.”

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Resources: Short Video - Local Perspective on rabies in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories

 
Media Contact:

Charmaine Brett
Executive Director
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
M: +1-613-880-1655


Veterinarians without Borders acknowledges and recognizes that our headquarters office in Ottawa is on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation.

 

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