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July 30, 2016

Andhra Pradesh veterinarians successfully complete training for a community spay/neuter program

Humane Society International/India and Blue Cross of Hyderabad train more than 100 veterinarians on effective handling of a spay/neuter program

Humane Society International/India

  • Street dog eating food Lily Montalbetti/istock

This week, 113 government veterinarians concluded a spay/neuter training program that began in April 2016. During this practical surgery training, teams treated 1,865 dogs from different locations of Hyderabad by sterilizing them and vaccinated them against rabies.

The intense two-week program included hands-on training in not only the surgical procedure but also in humane handling and in kennel and program management. The program’s aim is to build capacity at the grassroots levels by diffusing high-quality skills in spay/neuter right down to the district level and in turn, improve the reach of enriched animal care. HSI/India, Blue Cross of Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh Animal Husbandry Department collaborated on the training.

Mrs. Amala Akkineni, chairperson of Blue Cross of Hyderabad adds, “It has been an honour and privilege to partner with HSI/India and Government of Andhra Pradesh to train 113 veterinarians in the spay/neuter techniques. The results are already visible as hundreds of animals are benefited in the districts. The feedback is overwhelming and the vets believe they have progressed 20 years ahead. Dr. Sanjay, Dr. Anubhav and all the trainers were extraordinary in their efforts. We look forward to providing this service to Government of Telangana and others in future.”

Rahul Sehgal, Co-Director, Companion Animals and Engagement at HSI said, “HSI has conducted such trainings in Asia, but this is the first time that we have done such a large training program with the support of the Government and a local partner. We are thrilled with the outcome and we wish the trained vets the very best and hope that they will help their state deal with street dogs in a humane and scientific manner. We also hope that this paves the way for other governments to initiate such programs for their veterinarians”.

Dr. Jagdishbabu, veterinarian from the first batch of the program said, “This is the first time in my 18 years of Government service that we were trained on spay/neuter surgeries with such solemnity. There was tremendous effort put by the training team in ensuring that we get the details of the training right. As I take the lessons from this training program to Guntur district, I feel confident that I will be able to perform any ABC surgery with precision.” 

HSI/India plans to conduct similar trainings with government veterinarians across India that will enable them to perform spay/neuter surgeries efficiently and create a positive impact on numerous communities by making the environment safer and healthier for both dogs and humans.

Media Contact: Navamita Mukherjee +91 99854 72760, nmukherjee@hsi.org   

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