AMRRIC’s key focus for education throughout 2016 and moving into 2017 has been education training and delivery for key staff who already provide animal management support to remote communities in some capacity. One example of this is a recent trip Education Officer (EO) Courtney Falls made to Tennant Creek to conduct an education training program with vet nurse Jacqueline Hingston, from the Barkly Vet Practice.
During the visit Jacqueline received training in the use of AMRRIC’s Education Resource Kit, resource development and community education. This support will enable Jaqueline to assist people in remote communities in the Barkly Region to manage the health and wellbeing of their companion animals. The education also includes increasing awareness of the veterinary services being offered in the region, including desexing procedures and parasite control, to increase their uptake by pet owners.
With this support Jaqueline successfully delivered seven dog education lessons to the Tennant Creek High School that were extremely well received by both the students and the teachers. The presence of two local community dogs who were recently desexed played a key role in assisting Jacqueline to explain the method of desexing procedures and the resulting health benefits to both the dogs and the community, as well as providing information about the types of parasites that can affect dogs in remote communities. The lessons were so well received that the high school has requested further education sessions from Jacqueline.
A BBQ was held in the local park to support education and to raise awareness of the impending dog health program in Tennant Creek. Cheeky Dog, provided aprons for the event and with the support of the Barkly Regional Council and the Barkly Vet Practice, it was an extremely successful day with local community members taking the opportunity to ask questions, view materials on the information boards and celebrate healthy dogs and communities.
This initiative was made possible with the support of the Barkly Regional Council and Dr Dave Hall, Principal Veterinarian of the Barkly Vet Practice and the Walwa Veterinary Practice. AMRRIC looks forward to continuing these relationships in 2017 so that ongoing support for education delivery can be provided.