Students of veterinary medicine should achieve basic professional competences required to practice their profession. A main focus of veterinary education is on developing clinical skills.
As part of WTS-Vet programme, Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) recently trained Bunda College students studying for their veterinary medicine on basic veterinary clinic techniques with special focus on administering of fluids using Intravenous Injections (IV) and inserting IV catheters.
Under the supervision of our vets, these students managed to insert a catheter into an animal vein and administered some fluids. Usually a catheter allows vets to give multiple doses without having to poke sick animals now and again. IV fluids and medication can be delivered by an IV push, pump infusion, or drip infusion.
Dr Razemba, vet manager at LSPCA highlighted on the need for budding vet students to acquire specific clinic skills such as fluid administration when treating animals. Administering IV fluid is useful when a pill/tablet/liquid can’t get into the bloodstream fast enough or to avoid some medications from being broken down in the stomach.
Vets United Programme from WTS-Germany is a specially designed training curriculum targeting the need for practical learning platforms among budding veterinarians.
Through a signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), LSPCA continues to offer weekly veterinary practical lessons to Bunda and Natural Resources College (NRC) students. LSPCA believes that education is crucial to bringing about meaningful change in the way animals are treated in Malawi.