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Avian Influenza Overview: What You Need to Know and Where to Learn More

Avian Influenza Overview: What You Need to Know and Where to Learn More

In this article, wildlife health specialist and VWB/VSF Board Member, Jolene Giancinti (BHSc, DVM, PhD) answers common questions and reviews best practices around Avian Influenza Viruses (AIVs). The goal is to provide you with a technical overview and spark your interest in learning more.

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Ask an Expert: "How can we work with northern communities to strengthen access to animal health care?" with Dr. Trace MacKay

Holding over 21 years of veterinary experience, Dr. MacKay has volunteered her time with VWB since the formation of VWB Canada in the early 2000s.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Building Capacity for a Better Tomorrow

VETS Volunteer Voices: Building Capacity for a Better Tomorrow

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This blog (part 3 of 3) was contributed by Izabela Wlodarczyk, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Laos (Feb-June 2024).

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150 animals and counting: Visiting Ukraine's Patron Pet Center

150 animals and counting: Visiting Ukraine's Patron Pet Center

Recently, Veterinarians Without Borders North America's (VWB) Ukraine Program Manager, Daria Kuznetsova, visited the Patron Pet Center in Kyiv.

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Ask an Expert: How can we help animals during disasters and emergencies?

Ask an Expert: How can we help animals during disasters and emergencies?

Our latest expert is John Peaveler, VWB's International Companion Animal & Humanitarian Response Specialist. With over 19 years of global experience, John specializes in the fields of free-roaming animal management, disaster response, and animal handling and capture. He shares lessons learned in organizing emergency response efforts for animals and communities in crisis.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Promoting Gender Equity in Northern Ghana

VETS Volunteer Voices: Promoting Gender Equity in Northern Ghana

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This blog was written by Karissa Gall, a Gender Advisor Volunteer in Ghana who worked with our partner, SEND, in January 2024. 

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Sustaining Our World: Reflecting on International Day for Biological Diversity

Sustaining Our World: Reflecting on International Day for Biological Diversity

As we mark the International Day of Biological Diversity on May 22nd, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the links between human, animal, and environmental health. In this article, VWB/VSF Board Member, Dr. Anna MacKay (DVM, MSc) discusses climate change, zoonoses, and the critical need for biodiversity.

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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 3) 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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Reflections from the Red Soils: My VETS volunteer journey in Ghana

Reflections from the Red Soils: My VETS volunteer journey in Ghana

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This reflective blog was contributed by Maria Stanborough, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Ghana in February 2024.

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Nurturing Mother Earth: Transforming Kenya's Dairy Sector through Composting

Nurturing Mother Earth: Transforming Kenya's Dairy Sector through Composting

As we mark International Mother Earth Day in 2024, we explore how composting is revolutionizing the dairy sector in Kenya, fostering sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change.

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South Sudan Program Impact: Resilience and Community Transformation in Torit County

South Sudan Program Impact: Resilience and Community Transformation in Torit County

As phase one (March 2023-March 2024) of our resilience and livelihood program in South Sudan completes, we share key activities, achievements and program impacts. Building upon success, phase two of our critical work in the region is already underway.

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Ask an Expert: How has the animal health landscape changed in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion?

Ask an Expert: How has the animal health landscape changed in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion?

Born and raised in Ukraine, VWB's Daria Kuznetsova has witnessed, first-hand, the impacts of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. She tackles the current state of animal health in Ukraine and how things have changed since the start of the war started in 2022.

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Bridging Science and Tradition: VWB bursary recipient, Jessie Olson’s, work on caribou health

Bridging Science and Tradition: VWB bursary recipient, Jessie Olson’s, work on caribou health

Across northern Canada, Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) collaborates with remote communities, responding to their invitations to address animal care needs. Together with community representatives, we develop comprehensive plans to enhance local capacity, organizing temporary veterinary clinics staffed by dedicated volunteers.

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VWB Partner Spotlight: Meet the courageous animal health champions helping Ukraine's animals

VWB Partner Spotlight: Meet the courageous animal health champions helping Ukraine's animals

Across Ukraine’s frontlines, one extraordinary group of animal health experts are risking their lives to bring urgently needed care to animals that have been caught in the crosshairs of the war.

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Providing food security in Gaza: A note from our Executive Director, Charmaine Brett

Providing food security in Gaza: A note from our Executive Director, Charmaine Brett

At this critical time, Veterinarians Without Borders North America is announcing an important initiative in Gaza, in collaboration with our local partner.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: On and Off the Beaten Path in Laos

VETS Volunteer Voices: On and Off the Beaten Path in Laos

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This blog (part 1 of 3) was contributed by Izabela Wlodarczyk, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Laos (Feb-June 2024).

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In Memoriam: A Tribute to Our Beloved Board Member, Dr. Theresa Bernardo (DVM, MSc)

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Our Beloved Board Member, Dr. Theresa Bernardo (DVM, MSc)

Tribute to a cherished member of the VWB Canada Board of Directors, Dr. Theresa Bernardo (DVM, MSc). Dr. Bernardo passed away suddenly last week after a brief battle with ALS, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and dedication to the advancement of international veterinary medicine, animal health, public health, and teaching..

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Harvesting Hope: Empowering Women through Cricket Farming in Rural Cambodia

Harvesting Hope: Empowering Women through Cricket Farming in Rural Cambodia

In the heart of rural Cambodia, women are rewriting the narrative of rural livelihoods, harnessing the power of cricket farming to secure brighter futures for themselves and their families.

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Transforming Lives Amidst Crisis: Veterinarians Without Borders' goat farming initiative in war-torn Ukraine

Transforming Lives Amidst Crisis: Veterinarians Without Borders' goat farming initiative in war-torn Ukraine

In 2023, we implemented an agricultural program in Ukraine to help train small-scale farmers and other community members in raising goats. This not only is helping communities with limited access to resources due to the war, but also ensuring that goats are being cared for with best farming practices.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Making a Difference in Kenya

VETS Volunteer Voices: Making a Difference in Kenya

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! This story was contributed by K. Calahan, a Communications Volunteer with VETS in Kenya in February 2024.

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3 Veterinarians Without Borders volunteers share their northern experiences

3 Veterinarians Without Borders volunteers share their northern experiences

As teams arrive in Iqaluit for the first spring rotation of clinics in Canada’s Arctic, three volunteers reflect on their experiences.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Charmaine Brett, Executive Director, VWB North America

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Charmaine Brett, Executive Director, VWB North America.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Dr. Michelle Tuma (DVM), Northern Canada Veterinary Specialist, VWB North America

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Dr. Michelle Tuma (DVM), Northern Canada Veterinary Specialist, VWB North America.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Daria Kuznetsova, VWB Country Program Manager, Ukraine

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Daria Kuznetsova, VWB Country Program Manager in Ukraine.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Jennifer Ogeer (BSc, DVM, MSc, MBA, MA), Board Member & Chair, VWB North America

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Jennifer Ogeer (BSc, DVM, MSc, MBA, MA), Board Member & Chair, VWB North America.

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"Women of VWB": Introducing Esther Mburu, VWB Country Program Manager, Kenya

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Esther Mburu, VWB Country Program Manager in Kenya.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Dave in Kenya, January 2024

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Dave in Kenya, January 2024

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Dr. Dave Douglas (DVM), a volunteer with VWB's VETS Program, who spent time in Kenya.

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Northern Collaboration: Crafting Doghouses for Arctic Canine Comfort

Northern Collaboration: Crafting Doghouses for Arctic Canine Comfort

This past November, 10 doghouse flat packs embarked on a journey to the Arctic, bringing warmth and protection to dogs facing harsh winter conditions.

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Unleashing Hope in the North: Meet Jocelyn Skeard, northern community liaison with Veterinarians Without Borders

Unleashing Hope in the North: Meet Jocelyn Skeard, northern community liaison with Veterinarians Without Borders

As a longtime community member, community liaison, and key stakeholder in establishing the Veterinarians Without Borders North America (VWB) clinics, Jocelyn's impact is deeply rooted within the community, reaching into the realm of national animal healthcare platforms.

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Beyond the Frontlines: Dr. Vorotnikov's tale of compassion amidst war-torn Ukraine

Beyond the Frontlines: Dr. Vorotnikov's tale of compassion amidst war-torn Ukraine

In the midst of the war in Ukraine, Dr. Viktor Petrovich Vorotnikov, a seasoned Ukrainian veterinarian with over 40 years of experience, shares his incredible insights.

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A special note from VWB's Executive Director, Charmaine Brett

A special note from VWB's Executive Director, Charmaine Brett

Veterinarians Without Borders has expanded into the U.S.! Read a special note from our Executive Director, Charmaine Brett, about what this means.

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Safeguarding against zoonotic pathogen spillover: The vital role of wildlife health promotion and disease surveillance

Safeguarding against zoonotic pathogen spillover: The vital role of wildlife health promotion and disease surveillance

Today (Dec.27, 2023), as we mark the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness it’s the perfect time to reflect on the links between human, animal, and environmental health. In this article, wildlife health specialist and VWB/VSF Board Member, Jolene Giancinti (BHSc, DVM, PhD) discusses One Health, zoonoses, and wildlife disease surveillance.

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On the Path to Gender Equity in One Health Initiatives:  My VETS Volunteer Journey

On the Path to Gender Equity in One Health Initiatives: My VETS Volunteer Journey

#VETSVolunteerVoices: "In the world of One Health initiatives, my VETS volunteer journey with Veterinarians without Borders in Vietnam has been nothing short of transformative. Let me take you through the incredible story of how a collaborative effort is making significant strides in championing gender equity..."

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Breaking Barriers:  The “Gender Model Family” in Rural Ghana

Breaking Barriers: The “Gender Model Family” in Rural Ghana

Together with local VETS program partner, the Social Enterprise Development Foundation (SEND), VWB/VSF is implementing the innovative Gender Model Family (GMF) methodology in addition to One Health initiatives that increase animal, human and environmental health in Ghana.

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Advancing Poultry Farming with Biosecurity:  A Success Story from VETS in Vietnam

Advancing Poultry Farming with Biosecurity: A Success Story from VETS in Vietnam

In the tranquil village of Truc Mai, Lau Thuong commune, Vo Nhai district, Thai Nguyen province, Mr. Lam Van Thuan, a 55-year-old chicken farmer and the head of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front Committee, stands as a beacon of positive change in his community.

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Training to Transform Lives and Livelihoods: The Impact of VETS in Vietnam

Training to Transform Lives and Livelihoods: The Impact of VETS in Vietnam

Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB/VSF) has joined forces with the Institute of Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (IEHSD), our dedicated VETS program partner in Vietnam, to implement empowering One Health initiatives that increase animal, human and environmental health.

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Caring for the cattle—and supporting the people—of South Sudan

Caring for the cattle—and supporting the people—of South Sudan

With the generous support of our donor community and Global Affairs Canada, VWB/VSF is delivering critical care, supplies, programs, and training that strive to uplift animal health in South Sudan.

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Follow-up to our “One Health Day” Webinar:  Q&A with the Panel

Follow-up to our “One Health Day” Webinar: Q&A with the Panel

In this article, we present a summary of the Questions and Answers gathered after our live One Health Day webinar (which took place on November 3, 2023), because of the value in the continuation of such an important conversation.

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Stories From Around The World

Avian Influenza Overview: What You Need to Know and Where to Learn More

Avian Influenza Overview: What You Need to Know and Where to Learn More

In this article, wildlife health specialist and VWB/VSF Board Member, Jolene Giancinti (BHSc, DVM, PhD) answers common questions and reviews best practices around Avian Influenza Viruses (AIVs). The goal is to provide you with a technical overview and spark your interest in learning more.

Read more

Ask an Expert:

Ask an Expert: "How can we work with northern communities to strengthen access to animal health care?" with Dr. Trace MacKay

Holding over 21 years of veterinary experience, Dr. MacKay has volunteered her time with VWB since the formation of VWB Canada in the early 2000s.

Read more

VETS Volunteer Voices: Building Capacity for a Better Tomorrow

VETS Volunteer Voices: Building Capacity for a Better Tomorrow

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This blog (part 3 of 3) was contributed by Izabela Wlodarczyk, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Laos (Feb-June 2024).

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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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