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Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS)

     

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VETS Program

Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) is an 8-year (2020-2028) initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada that will see 190 Canadian volunteers take on international assignments on behalf of Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontiers.

The goal of the project is to work to improve the economic and social well-being of the world’s most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, in six countries in Africa and Asia.

The project will use the skills of Canadian volunteers to support smallholder farmers, primarily women, to reduce poverty by improving family income and nutrition, principally through improved production of livestock and crops.

The project is built around the One Health concept which recognizes that the health of animals, people, and the natural environment are interconnected.

The goal of the VETS project is to improve the economic and social well-being of the world’s most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, in six countries in Africa and Asia.

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VETS & COVID-19

During the first year of the VETS program, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made international travel essentially impossible. 

Despite that, work moved ahead. VWB/ VSF and our local partners, with the help of local experts, were able to complete community needs assessments, as well as specific assessments into gender relations and the environment in the target communities.

Training then began in the communities, both in-person and over radio sessions, with the assistance of volunteers already in-country. 

The project also developed COVID-19 risk communication messages and training tools designed to help people protect themselves. Preparations were also made to install handwashing stations at local schools.

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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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View the Countries Benefiting From the VETS Program 

VETS page - camboda

VETS page - ghana

VETS page - kenya

VETS page - laos

VETS page - senegal

VETS page - vietnam

LATEST NEWS

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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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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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 5) was contributed by Izabela Wlodarczyk, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Laos (Feb-June 2024).

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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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"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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  • I have seen first-hand the benefits of capacity building and gender empowerment for smallholder livestock farmers, and stakeholders in the livestock sector.
    - Dr. Shauna Richards

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