Wednesday 19th June 2013
The Vetwork Image Galleries aim to reflect how animals fit with people into a whole interdependent community. This photo is taken from an exhibition showing life in a pastoral society from Southern Sudan in the 1990s.
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While much of our work has been outside Britain, Vetwork is also active in the UK. Here are some pages that show some of the work that we do:
In addition we have contributed photographs and exhibitions for development education projects and programmes.
Much of Vetwork's experience has been in projects involving community animal health workers. However, these are not the only projects working within communities to improve animal health and welfare. People and animals live and work together in diverse ways and various animal health and welfare services available reflect this diversity. Yet many useful lessons can be learnt across these different services or projects.
In the late-1980s we, a group of mainly veterinarians with an interest in animal health and welfare, particularly with community-based projects, started sharing ideas and field experiences on an informal basis. Promotion of local skills, and the social and environmental aspects of animal keeping, particularly in poor or marginalised communities, were of particular interest. Though much of our experience at that stage was outside Britain, many of the issues were equally relevant in the UK.
Together we founded Vetwork to share this experience more widely and to do small, useful pieces of work. Vetwork projects tend to be self-administering so we do not need to employ core staff.