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Our Mission

A bush plane flying in over the Kenyan countryside. Cattle and grass huts are in the foreground.

Our mission is to work for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us.

A volunteer and a Kenyan dairy cooperative employee look over some paperwork.

One Planet, One Health

Using a One Health approach, Veterinarians Without Borders Canada works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us.

We work in Africa and Asia to improve the living conditions of the most disadvantaged rural populations through veterinary and agricultural services, sustainable animal production, training, value chain development and sustainable natural resource management.

Additionally, we support remote Northern Canadian communities to improve animal health through temporary spay and neuter clinics, reduce the spread of rabies, and work to create the conditions for long-term, community-led sustainable animal health services.

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Our Vision

Healthy People, Healthy Animals, Healthy Environment

  • To ensure better living conditions for the most vulnerable populations.
  • To promote food and nutrition security and safety through veterinary care and knowledge.
  • To support agroecological production models, promoting a healthy and sustainable relationship between humans, animals, and their environment.

Our Belief

The healthy and sustainable relationship between humans, animals and their environment is of the utmost importance for the livelihoods and living conditions of all people. Food and nutrition security and food safety through veterinary care and knowledge are crucial for improving the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

Our Guiding Principles

  • One Health
  • Local Ownership
  • Global Community
  • Partnership
  • Respect
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Integrity

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Accessibility Statement

At Veterinarians Without Borders North America/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Amérique du Nord, we are committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards.

Conformance Status: We are continuously working towards conforming to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 level AA, the standard used by the federal government for digital accessibility.

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Ecohealth Training Manual

Learn more about how we're operating through an Ecohealth approach.

Read our Ecohealth Trainer Manual

Our commitment to truth, reconciliation, and decolonization

Learn more about our commitment to decolonize our understandings and approaches.

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Your Support Means Everything

Veterinarians Without Borders North America/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Amérique du Nord couldn't do the work we do without your support. Whether it's a financial donation or a donation of your time, by improving the health of animals you will be working to improve the health and quality of life for people throughout the world.

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Stories From Around The World

Seeds of Change: San Davy's transformation with AGROW in Cambodia

Seeds of Change: San Davy's transformation with AGROW in Cambodia

San Davy's inspiring transformation from labor migrant to community leader underscores the importance of targeted support, like AGROW in Cambodia, for women in rural economies.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Brewing Success and Empowerment in Laos

VETS Volunteer Voices: Brewing Success and Empowerment in Laos

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This blog (part 2 of 5) was contributed by Izabela Wlodarczyk, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Laos (Feb-June 2024).

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Climate change in the face of war: Ukraine’s complex crisis

Climate change in the face of war: Ukraine’s complex crisis

Ukraine’s crisis isn't about the conflict alone; it has also created devastating ecological impacts that continue to threaten people and animals within and beyond its borders.

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  • My voluntary assignments in Ghana for the past three years have dramatically improved animal production in terms of reducing mortality and increasing the size of the herd/flock.
    - Joseph Ansong-Danquah

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