By Gordon MacBean (Brooke staff)
05 Mar 2013
I went with Dr Dinesh Mohite to the Brooke offices at Bhagput. Just around the corner another Brooke Vet was providing emergency treatment to a mare whose owner had called the emergency number.
While he was doing this, another owner came with a gelding with what seemed like respiratory problems. The vet treated this horse as well.
Both animals were given water first and were being kept in the shade while waiting for treatment. They were properly harnessed and kept calm during the vet’s assessment.
The horses were fitted with harnesses and gently restrained. The first had colic issues and was not passing properly. Her gut was distended and she was lethargic. You could see very clearly the owners concern and worry but he was very gentle in moving her.
Both animals received excellent care and were also given follow on treatment in which the owners were clearly instructed.
In the afternoon we went to the Brick Kilns where a Brooke para vet explained how they have nutured the kiln owner’s cooperation in ensuring good animals welfare.
This means animals get more frequent stops for water and lighter loads as well as the use of a nearby field which is farmed for green feed.
This particular kiln only opened again on 4th March, after the Indian government closed a number of kilns due to concerns over pollution, so we saw it on the second day of operation.
However they had already stacked up a phenomenal quantity of bricks as the photo's testify
I met a local community group later, where I was impressed at how much responsibility they had taken on board. They had a volunteer who gave emergency first aid from a kit that they all funded.
The local community volunteer was first port of call for treatments. A Brooke Vet would give training and advice on what treatment was required for specific ailments, but would only be called out for emergencies
The Brooke has also helped them put together a recording tool to monitor animal welfare.
Initially this was graded on a list with green (good) or red (bad) dots.
However, after using the model for a while, the owners adapted it to a numerical system which they felt delivered a clearer recording system.
The women’s group are equally involved running a collective bank account, to which they all make regular contributions. The money can then be borrowed to pay for animal welfare, treatment, fodder supplies and the purchase of stock.
Melissa This whole program sounds amazing, and I do have one question. How do you get involved in terms of actually helping and becoming apart of your team. I am a Veterinary Technician and im just curious how one becomes a member of your team