The Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) has recently trained 20 lecturers, technicians, farm managers, and animal handlers from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), and Central Veterinary Lab on animal welfare.
The training is the first of its kind and comes at the right time when both LUANAR institutions (Bunda College and Natural Resources College) are currently reviewing their animal health-related academic curricula. The aim of the review is to integrate animal welfare as a cross-disciplinary topic to all relevant courses. In order to prepare all trainers for this new approach, LSPCA, with support from WTS-Germany is offering comprehensive animal welfare training both theory and practical.
During the training, Dr. Madeline Nyamwanza, LSPCA’s veterinarian who is also Vets United Programme coordinator for LUANAR, and Dr. Kholiwe Mkandawire, head of clinical studies from the veterinary department at LUANAR introduced the fundamentals of animal welfare and encouraged the participants to identify and discuss situations in their everyday work, where animal welfare should be considered.
In the near future, LSPCA together with WTS-Germany aims to conduct more training of a similar nature where the participants will learn more about specific topics; animal welfare in practice, and how to pass on this knowledge to Malawi´s future vets and para-vets.
LSPCA with support from the WTS-Germany is a focal point for veterinary training and animal welfare education in Malawi. LSPCA is helping the government of Malawi to build the veterinary sector in the country. Through a signed 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.