In 2013 we stopped having clinics for animal care.  After 3 years training for the local vet techs the decision was made to end support of this ministry.  In making this decision we determined that the training of the local vet tech was a great success!  Any future donations to the Animal Care in the Creve area will be used to purchase medicines for the vet techs who continue to practice what they learned from AFDC vets! 

2013 Animal Care Update

By: Dr. Paul Smith

Health Clinics, for the treatment of domestic food producing animals, and the further training of four animal technicians were held in Creve, Haiti under the continuing sponsorship of AFDC.

Community animal health clinics were conducted at Bar Figure Gaguerre (The fig tree) on Monday; Rochefort (Wednesday); and at Fort Jax (Friday) in the Creve Community.

The principal or primary purpose for the clinics continue to be twofold . First, to treat all animals with disease and secondly, to train animal technicians to perform simple treatments and to properly vaccinate and prevent diseases in food producing animals.

Our initial plan was to vaccinate cattle, sheep and goats against anthrax and clostridial diseases; hogs against hog cholera; chickens against New Castle Disease; castrate pigs, horses, donkeys and mules and subsequently protect them against tetanus and deworm all animals as needed.

We were unable, through our local veterinary contacts, to procure all these vaccines from the Haitian Agriculture and Animal Industries Department. Fortunately we were able to obtain an adequate supply of anthrax and hog cholera vaccines.

Fun Fact

Dr. Paul and his team saw the following;

Goats………..69             Cows…………52

Donkeys………52             Chickens……..50

Pigs …………..27             Horses………..14

Guinea pigs…14             Dogs…………..5

Rabbits………..3            Guineas……….2

                                        Turkeys……….2_

For a Total of  323 patients!

 

2012 Animal Care Update

By: Dr. Paul Smith

The Vet section of the AFDC mission project to Creve, Haiti expanded its initial effort to include a major shift toward more training. Though this is not new it is a major thrust to improve our traditional “A HAND UP NOT A HAND OUT” policy.

The decision to shorten our free animal clinics and expand the training of the Veterinary Technicians was well received. The evidence of the impact that has been made in the animal health of the local animals is becoming more obvious every year. An excellent example of the changes we see was obvious in the reduced numbers and severity of Saddle Sores or Galls in the donkeys, mules and horses. The effort to teach better padding for the locally made pack saddles and the cause and care of the pressure sores is apparently having a positive effect.

In addition to our usual de-worming treatments, we emphasized the importance of vaccinations to prevent anthrax and clostridial induced fatalities in cattle, sheep and goats in the animal clinics this year. We also vaccinated all hogs for swine fever or Hog Cholera and chickens for New Castle Disease. Though these diseases are rare in the USA they are still a major cause of death in farm livestock in Haiti. Veterinary Missionaries in Port-Au-Prince were gracious enough to secure these vaccines for us to use from the Haitian Agriculture Department at a nominal cost.

During the two days of animal clinics we treated a total of approximately 250 donkeys, mules, horses, cattle, sheep, goats and swine. On Saturday the local Vet Techs and Thad Moore, DVM, our very capable “first trip” veterinarian from Auburn, walked to many homes in Creve and vaccinated approximately 200-250 chickens against New Castle disease.

Our three days of Vet Tech training focused on veterinary obstetrics dealing with the effective measures to be used in dystocias or difficult births in farm animals using ‘hands on” models for demonstrations. The other major training effort was to teach the value of castrations in farm animal husbandry and to demonstrate proper castration techniques. Each Vet Tech was urged to castrate animals such as donkeys, mules, cattle, and swine.

 

2011 Animal Care Update

Our animal clinic was another success! We had a great team of helpers this year and treated about 800 animals; donkeys, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and roosters. We did see some practices that were suggested last year therefore reducing some of the medical issues. However, the news spread fast!! We had people from all over bring their animals!

Most of the animals continue to be in a poor state of nutrition and carry intestinal parasites. Saddle sores are prevalent; as the donkeys are used for carrying supplies.Some of those supplies are for building, such as rock, brick, wood etc. A few other interesting cases were, near term abortions, and Brucellosis (a retained placenta).

A local resident asked us to remove the teeth (tusks) from two large boars. A few patients needed surgery on this trip; one of which was a donkey with an intestinal leakage through the abdominal wall. This surgery was performed with the help of the medical team and team doctor who was a surgeon. (he learned that when you have a license to practice…your practice field in Haiti can be very broad!!)

We worked with a few Vet Techs, helping them get the experiences they needed. Dr.Paul Smith showed them how to make their own ‘lip-twitch’; used to restrain unruly donkeys and mules while administering the appropriate medications or making the necessary assessments.

Spiritual needs were also being met at the clinic. We had a great team of interpreters that were also fired up for the Lord! The gospel was shared to those that came and prayers were uplifted. What a great outreach!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Animal Care