Mobile clinic helps control dogs in outback WA

December 12, 2017

Give a dog a home: Murdoch's mobile regional vet clinics helped control dog populations and found new homes for these little pups

Murdoch University mobile veterinary clinics have helped control unwanted dog populations and protect community health in rural and remote Western Australia.

Murdoch sent out four mobile clinics in 2017 which saw the university cover a massive area of Western Australia and visit 16 towns in East and West Kimberley, the Midwest and the Goldfields. They treated more than 640 dogs, sterilising 374 and providing health checks for another 270.

Most recently, a group of students and veterinarians from the College of Veterinary Medicine spent two weeks visiting Leonora, Laverton, Sandstone and Burringurrah Aboriginal community inland from Carnarvon.

They sterilised 81 dogs, performed health checks on another 80 dogs and found new homes in Carnarvon for seven unwanted puppies from Burringurrah.

Veterinary surgeon Dr Mark Newman said de-sexing dogs was important to help stop the spread of infection from dogs to humans, especially parasites and skin rashes.

The program also reduced the number of aggressive and neglected dogs which pose a danger to community members, especially children.

“For final year students, the mobile clinic gives them the opportunity to perform multiple surgeries and in make-shift facilities,” Dr Newman said.

“We set up operating theatres in whatever outback facilities we can find so it’s a good experience for students to work without high tech equipment and rely on their own judgement.

“Another important aspect to our work is providing public health education for children to help them understand the role of hygiene in preventing the spread of disease.”

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