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Veterinary programs

Toby and his dog in Galuwinku Northern Territory
AMRRIC assists communites and shires with animal management by coordinating veterinary programs which focus on desexing and anti-parasite treatment in remote Indigenous communities. Our programs include:

  • surgical desexing, in some cases chemical contraception
  • anti - parasite treatment
  • community and school education 

The effect of the desexing programs is tangible, immediate and practical. It improves community health, empowers the indigenous community members, raises self-respect and provides a significant return on the money spent. This work addresses an expressed need in a manner which is culturally sensitive and agreed upon by all parties.

AMRRIC does not support 'culling' as a single measure in controlling dog numbers. Evidence demonstrates the ineffectiveness of culling. This approach destroys relationships with dog owners and the future of programs.

Starting a dog program

If you are seeking assistance with establishing veterinary programs please contact AMRRIC.

For more detailed information read the Dog Health Program Guideline.

Objectives of dog health programs

  • improve the health and welfare of companion animals in the community
  • provide a means of managing a large, relatively uncontrolled dog population, with the associated problems of noise, scavenging and attacks on humans
  • contribute to an improvement in human health by reducing the transmission of disease from animals to people
  • to empower Indigenous communities to maintain or develop animal health and welfare standards 
  • provide the training and resources to enable community members to manage their pet's' health

 

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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 11:09

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