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ITP March 2013 - James Florence - WVS Presentation
 

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  • My name is James Florence Quick show of hands for anyone that has heard of WVS? I ’m going to tell you a bit about what we do at WVS, give you some example charities that we work with and then how we can help you. Before I talk about the charity, a quick background on me: Firstly - I ’m not a vet I was actually an IT Project Manager, before I saw the light and realised how boring a job like that really is. I did what any normal person would do and went to Africa.
  • I signed up for a 3 month wildlife conservation programme in Zambia in the second largest national park on the continent, kafue national park
  • 3 months turned to 2 years and I was now working in a wildlife sanctuary, still in Zambia, rescuing animals from all over the country.
  • 2 years turned to 8 years and I had now established the countries only elephant orphanage to rescue baby elephants orphaned when poachers kill the mothers for their tusks. We set up anti-poaching patrol teams and whole education unit as well.
  • In October 2009 I met the WVS founder Luke Gamble during the filming of Vet Adventures, which some of you may have seen on TV. While in Zambia, Luke offered me a job and
  • and by Jan 2010 I was back in the UK and had started with his charity WVS.
  • Focusing on the Vet trips and the Disaster Emergency Response Teams, as these are likely to be the areas you may want to get involved in.
  • We are a small team based in Cranborne in Dorset and we provide veterinary assistance to over 400 animal welfare charities all around the world. A lot of these charities are in developing countries that either don ’t have access to vets and veterinary supplies, or it’s incredibly expensive to do so.
  • I ’m sure this is the part that most of you are thinking you may be able to get involved. I have some example trips to show you, but here is a good example of what you may be doing on one of our trips.
  • Spay neuter campaigns / rabies prevention Community farm animal clinics / disease prevention Wildlife - TB testing / health checks Team of 7 people (including 1 student) 1,598 - birds vaccinated against Newcastles Disease 1,072 dogs vaccinated against Rabies
  • In 2007, there was political unrest in Kenya, resulting in 2 months of bloodshed. 1,000 people were killed and 500,000 were displaced, flooding to IDP camps, along with their livestock that they depend on for their livelihood.
  • Haiti - We were looking to send a team to do a mass vaccination of the livestock for the farmers, just after the disaster had happened. Rather than sending a WVS team, it was better for us to support a vet team from the Dominican Republic who speak the language, are close by and able to comitt to long-term support. Hungary Toxic Spill - Had the expertise, but couldn ’t get the burn cream in Hungary. We put out an appeal and kept supplies filtering over to them. Australian Bush Fires - Support with wound dressings, burn cream and other veterinary aid Egypt -
  • WVS sent our first Disaster Emergency Response Team - The mission was to vaccinate, worm and treat as many animals as possible. - Animal welfare to help human welfare. (Internally displaced person)
  • Visit the WVS website - video from this trip is there.
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