The IPAN Veterinary Clinic in the Hill View Farm Animal Refuge is a simple clinic with 11 large in-patient kennels and a separate surgery and consultation rooms. The veterinary treatment given here is free of charge and the work relies only on donated medicine and supplies as well as on voluntary work. In an area with the nearest government veterinarian in duty often hours of travel away, this small clinic provides much needed care for injured and sick animals from the Masinagudi-Mudumalai area.
Most common cases are traumatic injuries (wounds and fractures) due to predator bites or traffic accidents. Skin infections caused by ectoparasites are also common and can cause severe suffering unless treated correctly.
Cows are often let to graze on the roadsides where they end up eating rubbish from the bins. This plastic rubbish accumulates in to rumen, one of the stomachs, and causes the animal to feel sick for long time before finally dying when not able to eat anything nutritious anymore. The only way to save an individual cow suffering from plastic impaction is to perform surgery to remove the plastic. Public awareness about waste disposal and law enforcement to handle the solid waste management properly is the key to the more sustainable change. For the cows on the roadsides, this is a painfully slow process of change…
In the past, IPAN has also been active in farmer extension activities, providing hands-on training for farmers and women-self-help groups in first-aid diarrhea in calves or traumatic injury wounds and simple preventative measures to help keep animals well and healthy. You can read one evaluation report of this ‘IPAN Animal Field Worker’ training concept from here.
In 2013 IPAN started a collaboration project with a Bangalore-based organistaion 'Lets Live Together' to run rabies vaccination drives and street clinic service for the dogs belonging to the people living in the slums of Bangalore. Team of Finnish vet volunteers from IPAN attended the first of these clinics in 1st-5th April 2013. Totally 250 dogs were treated for wounds and mange and vaccinated against rabies. This type of work to improve the health and welfare of dogs living among people who would not otherwise be able to afford veterinary treatment is exactly according to our motto ' Animal Welfare means Human Welfare'. Thanks to these rabies vaccination days - these communities are now protected from rabies. With your support we can sustain this work and make it an annual event. Please read more about how you can help by 'sponsoring a rabies free village'.