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Ethiopia,United States : ETHIOPIA to accomplish Animal Health Project jointly with the US.

The Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP) was organized jointly by the Ethiopian Food, Medicine, and Health Authority, Oromia Province veterinary professionals, and the U.S. Army s 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team from Combined Joint Task Force on the Horn of Africa to help the local residents to improve their endeavors for sustainable livestock. The VETCAP was held recently in the town of Hirna, which is located in the highlands facing the Rift Valley of Ethiopia.

During this recent four-day event, the district-based animal health personnel were given sustainable veterinary education. Moreover, the domestic animals of the local farmers were checked, treated, and immunized against infections.

The 448th CA BN FSP veterinarian and officer-in-charge - Captain Heather Stone has stated that the support in the ongoing education of the local animal health workers has a vital place for the mission s accomplishment.

The animal health service providers were given classroom instruction during the weeklong training and they were taught on a range of subjects including veterinary epidemiology, animal examination, collection of specimen, and treatment of endemic illnesses which cause sufferings to the local livestock population. These animal health helpers will use their knowledge in the countryside in order to save and provide treatment to the local herds.

The 448th CA BN has also delivered the district with veterinary provisions and drug to help augment local endeavors. Over 600 animals of local farmers were scanned, treated, and immunized for free in one day of live animal check-up round.

The services provided during this week are of great importance to the locals, stated the Head Veterinarian in the Oromia district s Dr. Solomon Biruk. The knowledge shared and bonds built between the Ethiopian people and the United States will have a long-lasting effect, and we look forward to further partnerships together.

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Date:Nov 6, 2012
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