Worldwide Veterinary Service
Luke set up Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) in 2003. WVS is a registered UK charity whose emphasis is on providing a sustainable veterinary resource to help animal organisations around the world.
We work with all species and our volunteer teams are aimed not only at improving animal welfare but also at benefiting the local communities in which they work. By reducing feral dog populations for example, we can help control zoonotic (infectious to humans) diseases such as rabies and leishmaniasis. By helping train equine paramedics in developing countries we benefit communities that depend on working equines for the mainstay of their economy.
Luke works for WVS on a voluntary basis as Chief Executive of the charity. Luke's main focus is in relation to developing special projects, such as the international training centre in India, disaster emergency response teams and Mission Rabies in India.
To find out more information about the WVS click here to visit their website.
Over 99% of cases of human rabies are caused by an infected dog bite. Once symptoms of the disease develop, it is always fatal.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of healthy dogs are inhumanely killed for fear of this deadly disease. However, this doesn't halt the spread of rabies to people, and India remains the world's hotspot for the disease with over a third of all deaths reported to occur here.
Vaccinating dogs against rabies has been proven to stop the spread of the disease to people and saves the lives of humans and dogs. This September, Mission Rabies will travel across India with the world's most high-tech, all-terrain mobile veterinary hospital, vaccinating 50,000 dogs in just 30 days, in 10 rabies hotspots.
But that's just the start.
- The truck will continue travelling around India running surgical training courses and teaching vets the skills required to run neutering and vaccine campaigns
- We will be back with a mass vaccination campaign every September thereafter, to coincide with World Rabies Day.
- We will set up the first India National Rabies Network – not only to distribute nationwide subsidised quality vaccine, but also to record where the vaccines are being administered and who is administering them.
- We will target the vaccination of 2 million dogs over the next three years in the key rabies areas – our pledge is to ensure sustainability in our endeavour to make a long term difference.
For more information on Mission Rabies click here to visit the website.
WVS India - International Training Centre
Launched in September 2010, the International Training Centre provides a series of modular training courses for vets, para-vets, kennel hands and shelter workers, focusing on education and practical training in a wide range of animal health and welfare related topics.
The ITC aims to bring together animal charities and sanctuaries to pool resource and create a community focused on teaching best practice techniques and providing advice and support.
The Centre is run by the Worldwide Veterinary Service, a UK registered charity.
To find out more information about the ITC click here to visit their website.