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Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS)

The goal of the VETS project is to improve the economic and social well-being of the world’s most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, in six countries in Africa and Asia.

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VETS Program

Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) is a seven-year initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada that will see 190 Canadian volunteers take on international assignments on behalf of Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontiers.

The goal of the project is to work to improve the economic and social well-being of the world’s most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, in six countries in Africa and Asia.

The project will use the skills of Canadian volunteers to support smallholder farmers, primarily women, to reduce poverty by improving family income and nutrition, principally through improved production of livestock and crops.

The project is built around the One Health concept which recognizes that the health of animals, people, and the natural environment are interconnected.

VETS & COVID-19

During the first year of the VETS program, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made international travel essentially impossible. 

Despite that, work moved ahead. VWB/ VSF and our local partners, with the help of local experts, were able to complete community needs assessments, as well as specific assessments into gender relations and the environment in the target communities.

Training then began in the communities, both in-person and over radio sessions, with the assistance of volunteers already in-country. 

The project also developed COVID-19 risk communication messages and training tools designed to help people protect themselves. Preparations were also made to install handwashing stations at local schools.

Read More About the First Year of The Vets Program

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View the Countries Benefiting From the Vets Program 

Vietnam

Vietnam

Our work in Vietnam focuses on remote rural areas where unproductive land and childhood malnutrition have a damaging impact on community health. 

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Senegal

Senegal

In Senegal, Veterinarians Without Borders provides training to pastoralists on herd health, flock management, and climate-smart agriculture practices.   

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Cambodia

Cambodia

Our work in Cambodia focuses on climate-smart farming and agricultural best practices as well as supporting related income-generating work for women in rural communities. 

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Laos

Laos

Veterinarians Without Borders works in Laos with local partners with a focus on nutrition, empowering women, food security, and disease management.

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Kenya

Kenya

The Kenyan dairy industry contributes to the livelihoods of many farmers who lack formal economic opportunities and are subsistence farmers, wholly relying on livestock for income and nutrition.

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Ghana

Ghana

Since 2015, VWB/VSF has been working in Ghana to provide skilled volunteers to assist local partners in improving the nutrition and livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

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  • The most rewarding part of my placements was helping others and seeing the many lives that are impacted along the way.
    - Nikki Sheedy

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