With the poor access to veterinary care in most part of Vietnam, and with such low standards of care even in the big cities, a mobile veterinary clinic that is able to reach animals where they are is the only solution. Most pet owners are unable to afford safe sterilization procedures and the local clinics rarely have supplies of vaccinations against infectious diseases. By bringing mass sterilization and vaccination along with top notch veterinary treatment to the animals, we stand a good chance of finally being able to reduce pet overpopulation, rampant infectious diseases, and neglect/abuse cases that leave animals in need of rescue.
Preventing is the best medicine for the animals of Vietnam and our international veterinary project manager will be teaching our Vietnamese veterinary interns how to perform clean and safe surgeries that will really make a difference in the quality of life of these animals.
We are buying a van to hold the equipment, staff, and some kennels, and we will also have a small base clinic in Quang Nam Province for more local treatment when the mobile clinic van is not out of the road. The first year for the project will cost close to $150,000 with equipment, medications, staff, and a car and small clinic.
VAAR has previously run mobile clinics in several parts of the country and we also had our own veterinary training clinic for close to three years. We learned many valuable lessons from this and we look forward to restarting this lifesaving work.