№ 239/2014 from Jun 26, 2014
The Vets with Horsepower, the motorcycle-crazy veterinarians led by Prof. Derek C. Knottenbelt from the universities of Liverpool and Glasgow, will be stopping at Freie Universität Berlin on July 5, 2014. At the Department of Veterinary Medicine they will give talks on the latest findings in equine internal medicine, orthopedics, neurology, treating colic, surgery, and equine influenza. Their fourth charity trip starts July 2, 2014, in London. A total of twelve renowned horse specialists will travel about 4350 kilometers from London to Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Copenhagen. In their luggage they have interesting lectures dealing with all aspects of progressive equine medicine that they will hold at nine universities in Northern Europe in exchange for donations to charity. The proceeds this year are designated for two social projects: the Smile Train organization in India and the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. The lectures will be given for free and are open to the public. Donations for the charity projects will be welcomed. RSVP by June 30, 2014, at: www.vetnowledge.de/registration/
The Smile Train is the world's largest charity for children with cleft lip, jaw, or palate. Due to this deformation the children can hardly speak, eat, or drink, and they are often socially excluded. A simple operation can correct it, and the Smile Train project treats affected children and also trains medical doctors in the respective countries.
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust works to protect the lives and health of working animals in the Gambia. In addition to veterinary care for horses and donkeys as well as the maintenance and development of stationary and mobile clinics, emphasis is placed on the conscientious and respectful treatment of working animals. Those involved in the project work to teach the animal holders, above all, as early as possible the children, what appropriate and proper care of the animals means. They also teach the holders and their families about the possible effects of overburdening the animals and the first signs of disease.
The Vets with Horsepower, also called Equine Health Angels, want to collect more than 100,000 pounds to cover 500 cleft palate operations and to expand a new training and clinical center devoted to working animals in the Gambia.