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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 a seven-year 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

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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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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Empowering Livestock Keepers: How and why VWB/VSF is combating Antimicrobial Resistance

Empowering Livestock Keepers: How and why VWB/VSF is combating Antimicrobial Resistance

VWB/VSF is actively working to mitigate the risks associated with AMR. Our primary focus is on training Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs).

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Regan in Vietnam, October 2023

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Regan in Vietnam, October 2023

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Dr. Regan McLeod, a volunteer with VWB/VSF's VETS Program, who spent time in Vietnam.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Kavitha in Vietnam, October 2023

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Kavitha in Vietnam, October 2023

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Kavitha Sriparamananthan, a volunteer with VWB/VSF's VETS Program, who is currently placed in Vietnam.

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  • The most rewarding part of my placements was helping others and seeing the many lives that are impacted along the way.
    - Nikki Sheedy

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