Projects

Vetwork UK's overseas experience has been to provide technical support ranging from best-practice field implementation and impact assessment, through to policy reform for community-based animal health services and livestock interventions. We’ve also developed training materials, and supported development education initiatives in the UK and overseas.

Livestock Emergency Standards and Guidelines
LEGS originated in early 2000 when various agencies and individuals involved in livestock relief work began to question the quality and professionalism of their interventions. For example, inputs such as emergency veterinary care often arrived too late to be of any value and when delivered to people free-of-charge, undermined local service providers. In these situations, although some animals may have been saved in the short-term, the capacity of local services to provide more long-term support was damaged by the relief response.
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People and Animals in the UK
The impact of the Human Companion Animal Bond on the lives of homeless people was vividly described in a dramatic documentary video, Sleeping Ruff. Vetwork and Walking Pictures used cinema verite techniques to interview 'street people' in Scotland and capture their attitudes about pets in a stunning exploration of the HCAB in the lives of a marginal population.
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Short term projects
Since its establishment Vetwork has provided support to organisations ranging from Governments, International Agencies and Non Government Organisations (NGOs). Advice, design and back up has been at global, regional and national levels. The key areas of support include:-

  • Policy and Best Practice
  • Training, Capacity Building and Project Support
  • Project Design, Reviews, Evaluation and Assessment
  • Educational Activities

Vetwork is currently carrying out an evaluation of USAID funded community based animal health delivery systems in the Horn of Africa. Vetwork carried out a similar review in 1998 for USAID.

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Wildlife Conservation
Vetwork UK has provided a grant to the RSPB Vulture Safe Zones Project (under a consortium called SAVE) to re-establish Gyps Vulture populations that declined dramatically due to the veterinary use of a drug called diclofenac, which is very toxic to vultures. The grant runs from November 2015 until April 2017. Information about the SAVE Programme can be found at http://www.save-vultures.org/what-is-save & http://www.save-vultures.org/conservation/

 

Community level animal health and welfare services