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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 complete our request for assistance form.

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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Darwin NT 0801