COMMUNITY VET SERVICES

Animal welfare through improving animal health.

Community Veterinary Services

This is by far the biggest and most critical strategy in promoting animal welfare in Africa. The programme includes all field veterinary interventions (except the mass rabies vaccination). It includes interventions across companion, farm and wild animals. Specific activities here include; spay and neuter clinics, livestock welfare clinics (including ECF vaccination), donkey welfare and wildlife interventions.


In the promotion of animal and community wellbeing, ALL CREATURES recognizes animal health as one of the greatest challenges in upholding animal welfare and ensuring optimum community livelihoods especially in locations where specialized veterinary extension services is missing on the continent. Therefore, our community veterinary outreach is our strategic approach for ensuring that good animal welfare brings benefits to underprivileged communities in both our target areas and sectors.


Livestock Welfare in Mzuzu

We hope to make this world happier.


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And our wildlife strategy

is to care for the domestic animals around the park in support of the communities to benefit from their livestock while at the same time, for us to ensure that animal welfare is upheld. ALL CREATURES hopes that this long-term engagement in livestock development will reduce the dependence on game or bush meat but at the same time provide a deeper appreciation of compassion in conservation of their heritage.

Spay and Neuter Clinics


World Animal Day in Lilongwe

Spay and neuter clinics are just one of the three strategic community veterinary programmes targeting the wellbeing of companion animals. Through the community clinics we are also able to engage veterinary students and international volunteers in community and animal welfare work. Beyond the individual animal wellbeing and household benefits, the strategy seeks to cause a reduction in stray dogs and prevalence of human rabies.


Through this programme is also associated with the annual international World Spay Day in February of every years. This is a global campaign to promote spay and neuter as the primary dog population control. Through this campaign Lilongwe was compelled to stop the shooting of dogs as a control measure and adopt spay and neuter in 2014 through a City Council Resolution and now we are working with the City of Mzuzu to institute the same. In commemoration of world spay day, we carry out a lot of publicity through social media, news print and other various channels and therefore this campaign invariably attracts bigger crowds, more dogs and more logistical requirements. We appeal to the public and volunteers to contribute towards this day through providing material support, funds, their time and indeed veterinary and nursing skills. Those individuals that wish to join us in World Spay Day 2018 should contact worldspayday@allcreaturestrust.org to start discussions on how you may support us and other associated logistics like work permissions for vets. 

Spay and Neuter Clinic in Chinsapo

This is a free professional veterinary service to a targeted community, involving surgical sterilization of predominately dogs, although cats are not turned away. The programme assists family owned dogs in underprivileged communities with free surgical sterilization of their pets. The wavering these fees presents significant saving to the household finances by offering a service that would otherwise neither be affordable nor available in their community. These are characteristically arranged through the local traditional chiefs/leaders to first buy into the idea before they can mobilize their subjects. This is an efficient model that allows us to spay or neuter up to 30 dogs in a day. Apart from Lilongwe, we have also held this free program in Kasungu, a district 124.7km away from Lilongwe and now we have moved into Mzuzu.


Its one of the most sought after volunteer opportunity which provides an attractive African Veterinary Experience and the ability for one to sharpen their basic soft tissue surgery skills and at the same time experience Africa in its rawest form while contributing to community. Individuals interested in a volunteer placement in this programme should contact volunteer@allcreaturestrust.org


This program was conducted with funding from HSI  along with Alice Morgan Wright Edith-Goode Foundation.


Welfare of Draught Animals


Animals in Lilongwe get sterilised

While it is evident that donkeys play a very significant role in the community livelihoods especially in the developing countries, there is negligable attention given to these animals in many of the government production and veterinary systems. In many parts of the country, donkeys are a source of income and trade; they are often used as ambulances for expecting mothers; they can be used for ploughing and recently have been of great interest as food in some communities.


While the above list does not exhaust all benefits communities derive from donkeys, they are unfortunately either neglected or simply perceived to be hardy and stoic animals that warrant little attention. This attitude coupled with the generally passive animal care particularly on the African continent, condemns donkeys to the worst level of welfare throughout their lives. It is therefore imperative to draw the communities’ attention to the plight of the donkeys, to address some of the most obvious welfare concerns and bring the donkey back to the attention of the extension and veterinary officers that serve the community.


ALL CREATURES supports donkey welfare as a strategic through engaging the communities and transferring beneficial technology to allow them serve the community more comfortably, reduce many of the animal welfare issues to an ethically acceptable level and engage government in the establishing a conducive policy on draft animals that recognises their role to the country as well as the need for more adequate extension services to donkey farmers. 


Specific activities include the training of farmers in appropriate donkey husbandry tailored to existing conditions; the provision of veterinary services for those that need critical care, lobbying for the implementation of the World Animal Health Organisation terrestrial code for donkeys but most importantly advance the introduction of proper donkey harnesses and carts and avoid the use of ox yokes which have negative implications to the donkeys. The process requires the engagement of the farmers and the extension staff at the village level and the district and Ministry at the national level. This programme clearly requires social works skills, community mobilisation, veterinary, agro-business and various other social and networking strengths.


Any individuals with a great passion and wishes to make a difference to the state of donkeys in Africa or feels that they have the right skills on how donkeys could best be utilised in the communities may contact richard@allcreaturestrust.org if you are interested in getting involved.