NOW IN ITS EIGHT
YEAR, Vets Beyond Borders (VBB) continues
to increase its effectiveness and reputation
internationally, evidenced by the steady
increase in memberships, and the development
and success of new and ongoing VBB projects
benefiting both animals and people in developing
communities in the Asia/Pacific region.
As to latest news, in a recent recognition of the organisation's work,
VBB founder, Catherine
Schuetze was hosted at
Vet2011 Reception on 23 March at
Parliament House in Canberra to launch World Veterinary
Year in Australia.
In fundraising news, VBB was excited
to receive $US5000 from the
Million Dog Search,
and to be again partnering with World Expeditions
for a ‘Charity Challenge’ to Ladakh later this year.
To join us on this trip see feature at left.
In this newsletter VBB announces its new project in
Bylakuppe (South India) and VBB’s President, Peter
Howe reports on his recent trip to Bodhgaya in
Bihar, India. There
are also updates from VBB projects in Sikkim and
Ladakh, and the Animal Humane Handling Training
Programme, as well as news of our volunteers and
So please enjoy our newsletter, and thank you for your
Jenny O’Donnell, Executive Officer, VBB
Peter Howe has returned from Bihar state in
India where he was offering his veterinary skills
whilst based at a major leprosy and
tuberculosis hospice in the ancient centre of Bodhgaya.
Read more of his story ...
Borders has a NEW ADDRESS
Please send all mail for VBB to:
Level 3, 40-44 Gloucester Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Phone +61 (0)2 8003 3691 Fax +61 (0)2 9261 4033
looking for VOLUNTEER VETS
Are you ready for a challenge that will not only
hone your surgical skills but also deliver a truly
unique personal experience?
Vets Beyond Borders projects need volunteer
vets with at least two years' practice experience.
So, make 2011 the year to do what you've been
meaning to do for ages - VOLUNTEER!
THE VBB PROJECTS
Dr Helen Byrnes.
Welcome to our
Dr Oliver Walkinton (right)
first report here
first Humane Animal Handling Programme has
been completed in Rajokri, India
Since the update to the Vets Beyond
Borders website, we now have an online membership
management system that sends renewals notices by
email when membership subscriptions are due. This
email contains instructions on how to securely renew
online using a credit card, making it easy and efficient.
The VBB board has approved an
increase in ordinary membership fees (now A$60 incl
GST) and introduced an organisational category
(A$120 incl GST).
If you have any queries on membership
- either joining or renewing - or on any aspect of
VBB administration please
the front line ...
The people who volunteer for Vets
beyond Borders are extraordinary individuals -
whether they are the veterinarians, vet nurses or
vet students who travel at their own cost to our
projects, or the people at home who run the
organisation, fundraise or support VBB in a range of
Here is an
opportunity to read one volunteer's
story. Veterinarian Alan Sherlock (pictured
at a project carrying out surgery below) has been to India
three times to work on VBB projects and now shares
with us his experience of one of these stints on the
Sikkim project in north-east India.
Read another VBB volunteer's story
about her project's location
... the AQIS Eastern Creek Social Club,
in NSW, Australia,
which nominated VBB for a recent fundraising
... the Novartis company
in the US who sent
us the cheque for our partici-pation in the Million Dog
Search campaign (as mentioned above);
... our long-term supporter David
Darcy continues to offer VBB use of his amazing
photographs of VBB project work and animals in
India. David also donates all profits from sales
of his charming book, A Little Help For Our
Friends. He has recently opened a gallery in
the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia - if you're in the
area drop in and see him -
details are here.
Special thanks for ongoing support
from the Fondation Brigitte Bardot, Australian
Veterinary Assn (AVA), Provet, Cenvet, Centre for
Veterinary Education (Sydney University) The
Veterinarian magazine, and all our
volunteers, members, sponsors and donors - without
whom Vets Beyond Borders could not provide
assistance to needy animals and their communities.