brooke Veterinary Care
A significant part of our programs to improve equine welfare involves our veterinary work, which aims to provide access to preventive and treatment services both in the short- and the long-term.
We have our own dedicated veterinary and animal health teams in the countries where we work. They provide free emergency, general, and preventative treatment to working horses, donkeys, and mules through our static and mobile veterinary clinics; relief of pain is always our priority.
We provide this short-term relief where no other veterinary services exist and where animal owners or other practitioners do not yet have the required level of skill.
This direct hands-on approach is an important part of our work to improve the welfare of animals with acute pain, injury, and disease and these teams strive to attain high quality levels of veterinary care using locally available medicines and equipment as much as possible.
Sustainable care in communities, changing lives
Our long-term aim is to hand over responsibility to local veterinary services, so we also work to develop the abilities of local government veterinarians, private veterinarians, and community-based animal health workers (CBAHWs) to provide good quality care. We also work with communities owning horses and donkeys to increase their demand for these services.
These measures and activities all help to ensure animal-owning communities can access sustainable, quality veterinary services, and build up treatment alternatives in communities.
Our Approach to Training
Our approach consists of developing practical, field-based training based on local needs and resources and innovative methods are used to great effect
Vets are encouraged to keep up to date with changes in advances in veterinary medicine and surgery (called Continuous Professional Development or CPD) and we believe that this is equally important for Brooke vets in all of our programmes.
We strive to ensure that all our clinical staff and those they train have relevant and up to date veterinary knowledge and skills which they can then pass on to others.
Senior veterinary training teams in India, Egypt and Pakistan, assisted by our UK veterinary training team, train vets and animal health workers within their programmes and outside; this includes providing training courses for new vets and also refresher training (CPD) for others. Through this we hope to have all our veterinary teams at a similar high level of knowledge and skills.
Much of our work now aims to improve the accessibility of quality veterinary services for poor communities. This means that we also focus on providing training to these service providers, whether they are government or private vets, animal health technicians or community based animal health workers (CBAHWs).
Our community approach means we train local people as animal health workers so they can diagnose common problems and provide first aid with supplies of basic equipment.
The Brooke also trains local healers, vets, farriers, saddlers, feed sellers, harness and cart makers.
We also place a very high importance on scientific research to ensure that we are providing the best training, services, and care possible. Read more about our scientific research.