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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Communities of Ivanhoe and Wilcannia receive visit from Indigenous community dog health program

Date posted: 18 November 2013

Veterinarians from the RSPCA's Indigenous community dog health program were kept busy this week as they de-sexed, microchipped and vaccinated pets in Wilcannia and Ivanhoe, located in far west New South Wales (NSW).

Vet Dr Ann-Margret Withers says they've been attending to all kinds of dogs, cats and even a few sheep. 'We had a lot of pets come in and we can usually de-sex up to 30 or so animals a day and we've hit that now pretty much.' 

'People here in Ivanhoe and Wilcannia have limited access to this service so to provide it is really helpful,' said Dr Withers. 

The Indigenous community dog health program is run by the NSW branch of the RSPCA, and aims to improve the health and safety of Aboriginal children and families by providing veterinary services to communities who might otherwise not be able to access them, as well as teaching issues relating to human and animal health and well-being.

Source: ABC Rural, RSPCA NSW


Last updated: 26 November 2013
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