It is a long established fact that programs that promote humane education by teaching people to respect life by caring for animals has a direct impact on reducing the levels of’ violent behaviour in society as a whole.
The SA Veterinary Association has established a National Community Veterinary Clinic (CVC) project, which has been running since 1998.
The project is a system of co-operation that harnesses the skills and existing infrastructure of vets in private practice, AWO’s committed to education and training in pet care as a means to stop animal abuse, and donations from the public and private sector earmarked for animal welfare /healthcare purposes, are utilized to provide access to primary veterinary health care to the whole South African community, with an emphasis on sterilisation and vaccination.
The SAVF regularly donates to the CVC through sponsoring reviewers of The Journal of the SA Veterinary Association who donate this money to the CVC.
Unless we solve the problem of delivering these two basic necessities to our indigent communities, veterinary involvement in animal welfare will be, at best, palliative.
For more information and for donations go to http://www.communityvet.co.za