On a service trip to Kenya, participants will have the experience of a lifetime all while helping with the overpopulation of dogs in country. A combination of spay and neuter clinics, visits to amazing locations in Nairobi followed by a safari provides a well-rounded trip to Africa.

Vet Treks is very pleased to be collaborating once again with African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW). The Kenyan government has undertaken a massive campaign (called “Rabies 2030”), to eradicate the domestic incidence of rabies by 2030. As a strategic partner in this effort, they will be working with ANAW in Machakos County, where rabies is endemic, and where sadly, human deaths from this preventable disease still occur

The goal is to vaccinate 4000 or more animals and sterilize 400 or more dogs and cats! They need help for all of these service needs. Volunteers of all varieties are welcomed to join them: veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and hard-working animal lovers of all other varieties

The program includes:

  • Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya and the starting point for many Kenyan tours and safaris. Nairobi, which means ‘cool water’ in the language of the Maasai is a major hub for all of East Africa. Today the city’s skyline bristles with skyscrapers, but don’t be surprised to see camels in amongst the throngs of cars on Nairobi’s busy streets – and they often move faster than the cars! Visits will be made to the David Sheldrick wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage and have the opportunity to put an orphan to bed alongside their trainers; the Blixen Coffee Gardens, home of Karin Blixen who wrote Out of Africa; the Giraffe Center to visit the endangered Rothschild Giraffes and other notable destinations.
  • An important visit while in Nairobi is to spend time in discussions with Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) about the important work that they are doing to improve the status of animals in Africa. Participants will accompany them on some of their work projects. This might include a visit to one of the many schools where they sponsor Animal Welfare Clubs, or a walk in the wild with the Kenyan Wildlife Service to remove snares that have been placed by poachers
  • Machakos County-this day is used to set up the spay-neuter clinic as well as to train local veterinarians in high volume surgery model and do a walk through with all stakeholders to prep for the next few days of the campaign. Local vets who attend the training will receive continuing education (CE) credits.
  • Over the next four days, Vet Treks will conduct a 3 ½ day community spay-neuter and mass rabies vaccine campaign, alongside the ANAW partners. Kenyan veterinarians and students who attended the CE session the day prior will join in this collaboration. The goal is teaching and sustainability so this work can carry on after Vet Treks leave.
  • Upon the return to Nairobi, participants will have a free day to rest, pack or to visit other places of interest in this bustling city.
  • Option of Safari add-on departs from Nairobi

 

 

About Vet Treks Foundation

The mission of Vet Treks Foundation is to support the establishment of sustained veterinary services in underserved areas of the developing world. In the short term, we do this by assisting local veterinarians and animal welfare agencies with urgent needs., such as rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter to control overpopulation. We specifically recruit veterinarians and animal lovers in the US for this service. Over the longer term we contribute to sustainable veterinary services by providing continuing education, equipment and supplies to veterinarians in areas of need. The One Health philosophy that the health of animals, humans and the environment are linked underpins our efforts. The knowledge, talent and passion that veterinarians and animal care workers bring to efforts to improve all of these areas is invaluable. Vet Treks Foundation projects welcome the participation of all animal lovers – not just veterinarians and technicians, but anyone involved in or concerned about animal welfare and the humans who are affected by the animals around them.

Vet Treks Foundation is the culmination of founder Dr. Lisa McCarthy’s belief in the mantra that, “The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away.” You don’t have to travel with Vet Treks to help make a difference. Vet Treks welcomes tax deductible contributions from anyone who wishes to be a part of the Vet Treks vision to improve animal’s lives by purchasing the medical equipment and supplies which are donated to.

The One Health philosophy that the health of animals, humans and the environment are linked underpins our efforts. The knowledge, talent and passion that veterinarians and animal care workers bring to efforts to improve all of these areas is invaluable. Vet Treks Foundation projects welcome the participation of all animal lovers – not just veterinarians and technicians, but anyone involved in or concerned about animal welfare and the humans who are affected by the animals around them. Vet Treks Foundation is the culmination of founder Dr. Lisa McCarthy’s belief in the mantra that, “The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away.” You don’t have to travel with Vet Treks to help make a difference. Vet Treks welcomes tax deductible contributions from anyone who wishes to be a part of the Vet Treks vision to improve animal’s lives by purchasing the medical equipment and supplies which are donated to the veterinarians working in Kenya. Learn more and donate at: https://veterinarytreks.org