WILDLIFE VETS INTERNATIONAL – Who We Are
Wildlife Vets International is a British charity set up in 2004 to help provide critical veterinary support to wildlife and conservation projects around the globe.
We ensure local conservation organisations battling to save endangered animals get the specialist wildlife veterinary help they need so wildlife can survive and thrive.
What do we do
Improve both human and animal welfare
Our work can help improve the lives of animals and the people around them. For example, mobile distemper and rabies vaccination clinics in Zimbabwe protect African painted wolves, while local domestic pets and their owners are safer as well.
Provide veterinary expertise
When we visit a conservation project, the veterinary team give as much clinical assistance as they’re able to, demonstrating critical veterinary procedures, such as anaesthesia, and providing the knowledge and training in other crucial aspects of conservation.
Increase local capability
We help to develop the capacity of field staff, wildlife and forestry departments, local vets and diagnostic facilities wherever we can, ensuring that our veterinary professionals will have specific skills and experience suited to the needs of the particular species targeted by any conservation activities.
Build recognition that veterinary expertise is core to successful conservation
We believe that developing knowledge of local wildlife disease threats, along with the capacity to survey for disease, are all key aspects in making sure that conservations efforts are sustainable in the long term.
How Animal Friends has helped us
We’re not only committed to supporting welfare and conservation efforts that have an immediate and positive impact, we also want to encourage sustainable educational programmes that ensure the welfare of animals and their ecosystems well into the future.
The funding we have provided will directly help three threatened turtle species – the Endangered green turtle, the Vulnerable loggerhead turtle and the Vulnerable leatherback turtle. It will also enable the vets and staff at three rehabilitation centres – Fundaçion CRAM in Barcelona (Spain), ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Athens (Greece) and Local Ocean Conservation just outside Malindi, Kenya – to benefit directly from the specialist knowledge made available to them by the wonderful team from WVI.
how you can help
It is only with the support of organisations like Animal Friends and the generosity of the public, that we can continue our conservation work. Donations of any size can make a big difference, with £30 providing food and medication for a sick turtle for seven days or £5 will buy a pack of sterile swabs for treatment of wounds in the field.