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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:

  • desexings - both chemical and surgical
  • anti - parasite treatment
  • education and discussion of future strategies

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 and contribute to an improvement in human health by improving the health of companion animals in the community, reducing the transmission of disease from animals to people, educating people about parasites and disease in companion animals, and consequently expanding people’s concepts regarding their own health and disease prevention 
  • provide a means of managing a large, relatively uncontrolled dog population, with the associated problems of noise, scavenging and attacks on humans
  • to empower Indigenous communities to maintain, improve or develop animal health and welfare standards 
  • provide the knowledge, training and resources to enable the community to take responsibility for and manage animals, animal health and welfare, and related issues such as responsible pet ownership


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