We are so happy that our VETS UNITED program is continuing to impart new skills and knowledge to budding veterinarians in Malawi. Recently thirteen students from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)-Bunda college have been trained to operate an ultrasound machine.
At first, these students never had an idea what an ultrasound machine looked like- let alone how to operate one. The only knowledge they had of an ultrasound machine was from their books. Now things have changed; the students are now familiar with basic ultrasound techniques. They will continue to practice under the supervision of our vets, until they can make diagnosis on their own.
Ultrasound is used to help diagnose a variety of conditions and often used by veterinarians during surgeries. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce inside pictures of an animal’s body.
LSPCA with support from the WTS-Germany is a focal point in Malawi for veterinary training and animal welfare education. Studies have shown that Malawi has a few number of qualified vets compared to other countries in the region. LSPCA together with WTS-Germany is helping the government of Malawi to build the veterinary sector in the country.
Through a signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), LSPCA offers 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.
Since 2015, LSPCA together with WTG-Germany has been offering hundreds of veterinary practical lessons to LUANAR and NRC students.