By Dr. Lizanne Meiring
Botshabelo is a very big area and our clinic is about 79km from Bloemfontein. There are currently no veterinary clinics nearby and we are excited to provide this essential service to the community. The clinic is held on the first Wednesday of every month in section “N” and we use our vehicles as mobile clinics. Currently we are Drs Marike Badenhorst and Sune Ferrerira working on this programme and EJ Swart and Philippa du Toit are valuable volunteers assisting on a regular basis. We are lucky to have a CCs vet helping out full time and we have expanded to Dewetsdorp and Wepener and also started reaching out to communal farmers and upcoming farmers.
Botshabelo CVC provides primary health care services which include vaccinations, deworming, tick and flea control, treatment of sick animals and basic education. It is encouraging to see that generally the animals are in very good condition and it is clear that the owners really love them. Things were really slow in the beginning but more and more people are bringing their animals to be vaccinated or treated.
A community member approached us for assistance in another area in Botshabelo. He is now assisting by coordinating with the community to make this possible. By providing a service at two locations simultaneously we can reach even more animals and families. A key success element to the clinic is long-term sustainability. Owners bring their pets every month and thereby we can monitor and treat the animals regularly.
We would not be able to do any of this without our sponsors. A big donation of Frontline was received and we could treat many animals free of charge. Eukanuba regularly sponsors food, which makes a big difference. An overseas company, Silent Heroes, blessed us with instruments, drapes and some drugs. Dr. Badenhorst also sponsored rabies vaccines, which is very important as many animals still need to be vaccinated. Companies like Medpet and Cipla also sponsor specific products. When purchasing a product from them, they match the amount of product with sponsored product. To all of these companies a big thank you. Every donation helps.
Our aim is to reach as many animals and families as possible, thereby promoting the health and wellbeing of both animals and humans. We provide pet owners with information on the basic care of their pets and also run spaying campaigns. I believe that having a pet or animal is not a right but a privilege and we are put on earth by God to love and care for them to the best of our ability.
For any queries or donations, please contact me,
Dr Marike Badenhorst 0833563294 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.