Improving remote veterinary surgery safety
Many remote, Indigenous communities have an over population of dogs and cats who carry zoonotic diseases, such as scabies and worms. These diseases easily transfer to the local human populations and put them at risk. However, remote, Indigenous communities often do not have the benefit of a veterinarian in close proximity.
Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities Inc is an organisation that assists remote Indigenous communities and shires with animal management by coordinating veterinary programs which focus on de-sexing and anti-parasite treatment. AMRRIC provides the veterinary equipment for veterinarians who often travel thousands of kilometres to the community from their practice.
With the support of The John T Reid Charitable Foundation, they were able to purchase five, portable oximeters that are essential to measure blood oxygenation levels and pulse rate during companion animal sterilisation procedures and other treatments, especially when treatments are done outside an operating theatre. These procedures are usually conducted in make-shift locations, such as someone’s verandah, on an ironing board, making basic veterinary procedures challenging.
In 2019, these pulse oximeters were used in remote veterinary programs in Pipalyatjara and Kalka (SA), Kiwirrkurra (WA) and Papunya, Mt Liebig, Kintore, Haasts Bluff, Wadeye and Lajamanu in Northern Territory. The project improved community health and wellbeing in an immediate and tangible by helping to rid the animals from their diseases and their ability to breed.