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Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB/VSF)

Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB)/ Vétérinaires

Sans Frontières (VSF)

 

Veterinarians Sustainably Improving Animal, Human, and Environmental

Health

 

Description

 

Multiple organizations from different countries exist under the same general

title of Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) or Vétérinaires Sans Frontières

(VSF). These organizations are generally non-governmental, non-profit

organizations that share a common mission to improve the health of animals,

people, and the environment in developing countries in a sustainable fashion.

This mission is accomplished by working for and with local communities (e.g.,

community animal health workers, farmers, veterinarians) to improve animal

husbandry and veterinary care. Activities of VWB/VSF organizations include

advancing veterinary knowledge through training and education; supporting

community-based animal health programs, local veterinary services, and

capacity building; working toward preventing, controlling and eliminating

priority diseases; assisting with natural resource management, forage

production, and conservation; promoting food sovereignty and market access

for small scale farmers; supporting income generating activities and economic

growth; and, providing emergency relief and preparedness expertise.

 

Purpose

 

To enhance human health by improving animal health and productivity, all

while promoting animal welfare and human rights, protecting the environment,

respecting local culture and laws, increasing awareness, and aiming for

sustainable development.

 

Scope International

 

Primary Funders

 

Individual donations and support from partner organizations (primary funders

vary by organization).

 

Participants & Key Collaborators

 

Individual volunteers, public and private organizations, academia, government

agencies, and local populations in developing countries.

 

Definition of One Health

 

None. VWB/VSF organizations generally all recognize that animals, people,

and the environment are inextricably linked and their work intends to improve

the health of all.

 

Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy

 

Many organizations provide project updates and summaries on their websites;

some provide annual reports. No formal monitoring and evaluation strategies

appear to be available online.

 

Sources of Information

Multiple VWB/VSF Websites: http://www.vwb-vsf.ca/english/index.shtml

http://www.vetswithoutbordersus.org/index.html

http://www.vsfe.org/cgi-bin/twiki/bin/view/Public/Members

Contact See individual VWB/VSF organization websites

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