the dick white charitable foundation holds conference for Cuban veterinarians to help improve their expertise and skills
April 2013 - The Dick White Charitable Foundation (DWCF) organised an International Conference on Small Animal Medicine & Surgery in Havana in April 2013 to help improve the expertise and skills of Cuban veterinarians. It was held in conjunction with the Cuban Scientific Veterinary Council in support of a charity named Aniplant who are dedicated to caring for and reducing the street dogs and cats in the capital.
Professor (Dick) White first became involved with the Cuban vet profession in 2010. He visited Havana in 2011 and spent time with the Director of a charity named Aniplant which is dedicated to caring for and reducing the street dogs and cats in the capital. Their main focus is on sterilisation clinics, believing that the most important and effective means of tackling the problem of street dogs and cats is to reduce the number of animals able to breed. So far this strategy has proved to be successful.
Dick identified that the greatest need was a permanent sterilisation clinic. Up to that point, the volunteer vets had been carrying out sterilisation programs in friends' houses at the weekend.
Over the next 12 months, the Dick White Charitable Foundation paid for the conversion of a derelict building and this was opened as a clinic in 2012.
Photo (above right): Conditions in which Aniplant's volunteer vets were previously working (Kindly provided by DWCF)
During Dick's first visit, he lectured to vet students close to Havana. In 2012 they organised the first conference for Cuban vets. Another Conference on 'Small Animal Medicine & Surgery' with different speakers and covering more topics was held in Havana in April 2013, and HSI is proud to have been able to contribute to it.
Photo (above): Conference delegates visiting the Clinic (Kindly provided by DWCF)