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Virbac are pleased to confirm their continued support to Wildlife Vets International in their campaign to reduce the risk of population decline in African painted dogs, who are impacted by diseases contracted from domestic dogs. The African painted dog is classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species so the work being carried out is vital to their survival.

Wildlife Vets International (WVI) provide veterinary support to ‘Painted Dog Conservation’ (PDC) by delivering a neutering and vaccination programme to increase the health and welfare of domestic dogs. Part of a larger disease surveillance programme, the scheme fits in with PDC’s community conservation programme by helping to reduce the threat from domestic diseases which are potentially lethal to the painted dogs.

“Virbac have supported WVI since the beginning, in 2004, with both product and financial support. They have helped painted dogs in Zimbabwe, Amur Tigers and leopards in Russia and pine marten translocations in the UK. We are delighted that our partnership continues to support the conservation of endangered species”, says Olivia Walter, Executive Director, WVI.

Domestic dog clinics are run on community lands on the outskirts of Hwange National Park, near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. WVI has gathered sponsorship for a veterinary team to undertake the neutering part of the programme and Virbac have kindly provided the necessary anaesthesia and pain relief for the programme. The clinical work comes under the jurisdiction of the local State Veterinary Department. The WVI team left for Zimbabwe on 20th September.

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For more information on WVI Painted Dog project visit https://www.wildlifevetsinternationa...n-painted-dogs