One of our registered veterinary nurses, Becky, has been in Sri Lanka for several weeks working as a volunteer with World Veterinary Services. This excellent veterinary run charity works in many jurisdictions around the world and has two principal areas of care. Few people realise the World Health Organisation figures indicate that there are SIXTY thousand human deaths a year from Rabies and there may well be many times this number that go unreported due to lack of medical facilities in the areas where the disease is rife. WVS provide Rabies education to the population and vaccination programs for the local dogs. If a high percentage of domestic dogs (they are the conduit for the disease) can become vaccinated, then Rabies can be effectively eliminated from an area. WVS also runs many neutering and training clinics in Africa and Asia. Local vets are trained in procedures and techniques and the local population is educated in the importance of responsible dog ownership and care. Becky has worked with WVS for several years and if you would like to find out more, please check their website at www.wvs.org.uk.