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Expert to Improve Vet Services

  Animals Fiji has begun a six months feasibility test in a bid to ensure that veterinary services are available to all people. The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has hired an
22 Dec 2015 10:30
Expert to Improve Vet Services
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Animals Fiji has begun a six months feasibility test in a bid to ensure that veterinary services are available to all people.

The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has hired an American veterinarian Doctor Kevin Sanada to spend one week each in Labasa, Taveuni and Lautoka to carry out regular clinic for a period of six months.

Dr Sanada said these clinics were important to raise the standard of professional veterinary practice to a level that was currently not available in these areas.

“It is likely that some animals are suffering with problems that can easily be solved with a veterinarian’s knowledge,” he said.

When questioned why they chose to focus on Labasa, Taveuni Island and Lautoka, Casey Quimby, who is the co-founder and managing trustee of Animals Fiji, said these areas had desperate need for professional and expert veterinary services.

“Therefore, we want to ensure our services are available and used by all citizens and residents in the area– those that can afford our services and those that cannot, and need to be carried by those that can,” Ms Quimby said.

She said the most important part was getting veterinary care to as many animals as possible in Fiji with a huge focus on de-sexing and education.

“The one week clinic at the Labasa Town Council was a successful but it is sad to note that we have to find a new location to carry out our clinic.

“We hope that before early January we will have a space available in town to provide our services or otherwise we have to close the clinic in Labasa,’ Ms Quimby said.

She said Dr Sanada was in Taveuni yesterday and will be in Lautoka next week next.

 

Fee structure

Ms Quimby said Animals Fiji’s goal was to keep charges affordable to all Fijians.

“Currently de-sexing costs Animals Fiji $125 per animal in Nadi and thanks to donations they are able to subsidise it and charge the public FJ $25 per animal.

“But they ask those that can afford it to pay closer to the FJ $125 if possible.

It is a FJ $10 consult fee to see the veterinarian,” she said.

Edited by: Filipe Naigulevu

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