News Date : 24 February, 2019
BUAN students took pleasure in participating at the community outreach programme organised by Botswana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) for Gabane community from February 23rd to 24th 2019. The event was intended to assist communities to care for their pets and other animals and was held at the main Kgotla in Gabane. Such outreach programmes are conducted regularly by BSPCA in villages in the vicinity of Gaborone with Thamaga and Molepolole being previous beneficiaries. Public education is of paramount importance in educating our nation on animal welfare issues especially in our rural settings. The Gabane community responded very well by bringing lots of animals mostly dogs and cats for either castration or spaying (removal of female reproductive organs, ovaries and uterus). These pets were also vaccinated with “5 in 1” vaccine (5 organisms in one shot), given rabies shots, dewormed and given hamper foods.
Current Pet management students and former BUAN Animal Science students volunteered to assist on the massive exercise where a total of 125 animals were operated upon. The students were hands on and interacted with clients and patients alike. They were mostly involved in the registration of patients, conducting physical examinations, assisting in post-operative care and distribution of food hampers for pets.
Veterinarians, through the invitation of Botswana Veterinary Association in partnership with BSPCA also assisted in performing surgeries on voluntary basis. The event was an overwhelming success as it exceeded the BSPCA target of 100 animals. We thank BSPCA for inviting BUAN to partake in such an event which exposed our students to real life situations that exist in our communities.
Dr K. Tlotleng (Pet Management Lecturer-AVS)