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.
ITP March 2013 - James Florence - WVS Presentation
James Florence Managing Director
About WVSBased in Cranborne, Dorset,but……We work all over the world
Our aimTo assist animal welfare charitiesand sanctuaries around the worldwith a sustainable veterinaryresource:
What WVS provides• Free veterinary drugs, supplies and equipment• Vet and non-vet volunteers, both long and short-term• Disaster Emergency Response Teams• Veterinary training
WVS Stats• Over 500 associated charities• In 2012 we: Sent 63 veterinary teams Helped 214 charities Treated over 15,593 animals Sent 600 veterinary aid parcels
Veterinary Supplies• Supported by pharmaceutical companies and vet practices• Wish list - the more you tell us, the more we can help• Tick & flea treatment is normally top of the list
WVS Volunteers• Planned one-off trip• Ongoing placements• Vets / vet nurses / non vets• Type of trip: Neutering campaigns Mobile clinics Combined trip Education
WVS Volunteers• WVS forwards on the applications to you. You decide if they are successful• What they will pay for: Flights Travel Insurance Vaccinations• WVS helps the volunteers with travel arrangements
WVS Volunteers• What you need to consider: Permissions Facilities Equipment (Trapping) Supplies Accommodation Transportation
International Training Centre• Training facility in southern India• Training vets and charity workers• On-site clinic, kennels, classrooms, library and accommodation• Regular ABC (TNR) courses
International Training Centre• Regular ABC courses – Veterinary neutering techniques – Dog catching – Setting up a neutering campaign – Effective anti rabies campaigns
International Training Centre• Specialist courses – Farm animal diagnostics – Small animal anaesthesia – Small animal infectious diseases – Wildlife and exotic animals
International Training Centre• Launched in Sept 2010 – 20 ABC courses per year – Training over 200 vets/assistants – Neutering 3,000 dogs per year – Vaccinating over 5,000 dogs against rabies per year
A child dies of rabies in India every single hour• Launching with 50,000 rabies vaccinations in just 1 month• Working with local organisations in 10 rabies hotspots• Recording rabies vaccination data• Providing training and equipment
• Around 50% of all rabies bites in India are from domestic dogs• Trialling ‘Door to door’ campaigns – Minimal costs for charities, as no need for dog catching teams – Include education on rabies – 400 in 3 days – resident ITC Vet
What next ?• Visit www.wvs.org.uk• Fill in a charity registration form• Give as much detail as possible• We will give you a freemembership login• We will set up a charity page Keep in contact !!
Want to know more about WVS?www.wvs.org.uk The official WVS website www.wvsitc.org The official ITC websiteSign up online to receive our email updates. @wvscharity@jamesflorence