African ve­teri­nary school be­gins new chap­ter thanks to coun­ter­parts in Fife

Sup­port: Staff from Dun­fermline vets send text­books to Malawi stu­dents

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A Dun­fermline-based vets is help­ing to trans­form the fu­ture of young ve­teri­nary stu­dents in Malawi.

Staff from Inglis Vets Hos­pi­tal despatched more than 100 text­books, lab coats, boiler suits and sta­tionery to the ve­teri­nary school at Li­longwe Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources in Malawi’s cap­i­tal.

Sev­eral text­books and other items were also do­nated by stu­dents and staff from the Royal Dick Vet School.

The ges­ture was co-funded by Inglis Vets and Li­longwe So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion and Care of An­i­mals.

As a mem­ber of the Scot­land-Malawi Part­ner­ship, Inglis first de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship with Li­longwe SPCA in 2012 when chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Tjolle and col­leagues con­verted a very ba­sic and ill-equipped clinic into a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity.

Since the part­ner­ship be­gan, the Inglis team has been back to help.

Qual­ity as­sur­ance man­ager Au­drey Kelly said: “Books are par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant in Malawi, where in­ter­net ac­cess is slow and ex­tremely patchy.

“Even some­thing as ba­sic as the sup­ply of elec­tric­ity can­not be guar­an­teed there.”

Li­longwe pro­fes­sor Me­laku Te­fera was “hum­bled” by the sup­port of the Scot­tish vets.

He said the Malawi school of Ve­teri­nary Medicine was es­tab­lished in 2014, the first in its coun­try’s his­tory, with a few old edi­tions of ve­teri­nary books.

“This was un­til we met Adam and the team at Inglis who kindly sent us emer­gency books for our stu­dents,” he added.

Adam said: “When we forged our re­la­tion­ship with Li­longwe SPCA Malawi, which has a pop­u­la­tion of 14 mil­lion, they had only nine reg­is­tered vets and it’s great to see progress in de­vel­op­ing an in­fra­struc­ture to im­prove that sit­u­a­tion.”

Au­drey Kelly, left, phar­ma­cist Deb­bie Miller and CEO Adam Tjolle of Inglis Vets Hos­pi­tal.

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