Closing date: 9th August 2019
Date: 20th-30th September 2019
Duration: 11 days (including travel)
The BEVA Trust is looking for one or two skilled Veterinarians/Vet nurses to travel to Lesotho, Africa to provide veterinary support during an annual equine veterinary clinic run by Semonkong Hospital project and University Pretoria.
World Horse Welfare and the National University of Lesotho (NUL) works together, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS), to enable the sustainable improvement of working equine welfare in five districts of Lesotho (Maseru, Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka, Mohales Hoek and Qacha’s Nek). The project encourages owners to address equine-related issues in the context in which they live and work, using a community approach and strengthening government extension systems and services. It is understood that equine welfare is part of a larger livelihoods system and that a more holistic approach is required. For this reason, the project collaborates with human development organisations, such as the Semonkong Hospital Project and Riders for Health to increase awareness of the contribution that improved equid health and welfare makes towards improved community health, welfare and livelihood security. The September clinic is run by the Semonkong Hospital Project and University of Pretoria to provide in the field care to livestock and other species owned by the rural communities of Semonkong. The World Horse Welfare project team has supported this clinic over the past two years to support in the care of the equids seen and would like to enhance this support by providing a trained veterinarian to assist in the more invasive procedures required. Semonkong forms part of the project area and so follow up care is provided during later visits to the communities. Support and training to the project team from a veterinarian in advising owners to provide rehabilitative care and in diagnosing illnesses would enhance the equine welfare care that the team can provide to project communities in the longer term.
Volunteers will be expected to provide training to World Horse Welfare and National University of Lesotho (NUL) project staff on equine primary health care, including wound treatment and after care. Volunteers will also help to supervise University of Pretoria final year veterinary students and NUL faculty staff during the clinic in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries observed in the field (this may include minor surgical procedures, geldings, wound treatment and other equine health issues). Travel and accommodation all covered.