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August 19, 2010

Training Veterinarians in Cancun, Mexico

Encouraging initiatives to help street dogs

Humane Society International

  • Training in progress. Alexandra Rothlisberger/HSI

  • Lecture/discussion. Alexandra Rothlisberger/HSI

HSI works around the world to increase the veterinary response capacity of local groups through outreach, training, and direct response initiatives. In April, HSI hosted a veterinary training in Cancun, Mexico. During this two-day event, we worked in conjunction with veterinary representatives from the three largest municipalities in the state of Quintana Roo. As the number of street dog-related humane initiatives in this region continues to grow, HSI will work to encourage the sustainability and efficacy of these efforts. At this training, we were pleased to have been able to bring together and comingle the efforts of five groups and veterinarians from the local municipalities.

It is very encouraging to see the level of interest and dedication of local groups and civic agencies in addressing the problems related to increasing street dog populations. Identifying groups both government and private who are interested in pursuing a humane approach to addressing these populations can pose a challenge. Additionally, limited access to continuing education as well as financial and medical resources are some of the most immediate obstacles to the success and longevity of such initiatives.

Over the course of this training, we worked on implementing more standardized protocols to be applied in future spay and neuter clinics. In addition, our vets worked directly with the more than 15 local veterinarians in attendance on issues ranging from “best practice” surgical techniques to safe drug protocols and post-surgery pain management. Although 48 hours is a limited time frame in which to address the needs of the organizations and individuals that we work with, providing a source of support and opportunity to network can play a vital role in the development of spay/neuter initiatives globally.