Dodging in support of Vet Books for Africa

On Wednesday, 24 July, Vet Books held their very first Dodegball event at Onderstepoort.

The day was a great success with 17 participating teams and even more spectators. It was amazing to see the kind of support we have from the students at OP and we look forward to hosting an even bigger Dodegball day next year!!

A big thank you to all those that got involved and showed their support and a HUGE thank you to Hills Pet Nutrition and Red Bull for their sponsorship of some fantastic prizes that we were able to provide several teams at the event!

We look forward to next year =)

Roots & Shoots Kenya, here we come!

A great partnership has been formed with Roots & Shoots Kenya, an initiative of the Jane Goodall Institute. We will be visiting them on our trip and working together with the Chief Veterinary Officer, Dean of the Veterinary Faculty, the Kenya Veterinary Association and Kenya Wildlife Services (the doctor of whom is a past OP student and University alumni member themselves =D)! Our involvement with them will take us to the local Maasai Mara community lands where we will partner up with volunteer students from the faculty and aid with vaccination programs of the livestock and domestic pets in the area!
An amazing opportunity has presented itself and we feel that much closer to achieving our goal of international cooperation  with veterinary faculties across Africa.

Exciting upcoming events!

Vet Books for Africa is entering a team to ride in this years Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge! (www.cyclechallenge.co.za)

If any of you are avid cyclists we invite you to join our team. Your participation will go towards raising funds for Vet Books for Africa. You don’t have to be a professional cyclist to compete- the cycle race is known for it’s participation of cyclists of all levels and ages. Anyone and everyone is welcome to ride for our cause!

Contact Kelsey Skinner on kelcskinner@netactive.co.za for more information.

Bryanston High School Annual Charity Golf Day! (www.bryanston.com)

Bryanston High in Johannesburg has agreed to run this event in support of Vet Books for Africa. A portion of the day’s profits will be donated to our project. The Golf Day will be held on 19 September 2013 at Leeuwkop Country Club. To any golfers out there, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day on the golf course with some great prizes up for grabs, all for a good cause.

Contact any of the committee members for information on how to enter teams to play on the day!

We have a new 2014 committee

Congratulations to the new committee members!!!!

We know these next two years will prove to be both challenging and rewarding at the same time. We are all very honoured to have been chosen for such a prestigious adventure and will do our utmost to uphold the great standards set by the previous committees.

(to view the details of the new committee members click on the “about” link)

Charity Wishlists

Alongside visiting the veterinary libraries during our outreach, the Vet Books for Africa team would also be stopping by a number of charities, donating time as well as some items of need!

Reaching out to Schools and Charities is part of our mission

 Below is a compilation of the wish lists of those charities- Should you like to make a contribution of any of these items for us to deliver through, it will certainly make a great difference!

 The charities we plan to visit are:

 The KSPCA (Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals)
Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust
Wildlife Action Group
LSPCA (Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals)
Mamoli Mission Mozambique
AWARE (Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation)
Tanzania Animal Welfare Society

Wishlists:

  •  Dog toys
  • Cat toys
  • Bedding for cats/dogs
  • Treats for cats/dogs
  • Blankets
  • Collars and leads
  • Water and food bowls for cats/dogs
  • Pencil cases
  • Pen
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Sharpeners
  • Colour pencils
  • Deflated footballs
  • World maps
  • Guide books (trees, mammals, birds, reptiles)
  • Binoculars
  • School bags
  • Quality clothes/shoes (age 5 – adult)

 

  • Sleeping bags
  • Battery chargers
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • External hard drives
  • GPS
  • Army hats
  • Backpacks (brown)
  • Torches

 

  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots and Pans
  • Mosquito nets
  • Fitted and flat single sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillow cases
  • First aid kit
  • Fishing equipment (reel / wire)
  • Beads
  • Colouring books
  • Paint brushes
  • Art paints
  • Colouring pencils
  • Lego
  • Educational toys

 

  • Centrifuge
  • Blood testing equipment
  • Microhaematocrit reader
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Otoscope
  • Refractometer
  • TB Hauptner calipers

 

All you need to do is simply drop off said item into a donation box which can be found:

1. At the library of the Arnold Theiler building

2. In front of room 829, Old Res building of the Onderstepoort Residence (Ben Muller)

3. In front of room B2-146 of the Onderstepoort Residence (Jacqui Stafford)

Or contact us at:

Ashleigh Knowles

smashof08@gmail.com 072 157 5522

Ben Muller

rofti18@yahoo.com 073 280 7875

Jacqui Stafford

jaxxy_89@yahoo.com 082 744 8763

The Vet Books for Africa Team would like to take this opportunity to thank all students and faculty members for all contributions, big and small, thus far in ensuring the success of our outreach. Our anticipated date of departure is the 29th of October 2012.

Partnering with The Silent Heroes Foundation

Vet Books for Africa has recently gained the support of the Silent Heroes Foundation, whom has graciously made us one of the many sponsored projects of 2012. They will be contributing to the provision of veterinary textbooks and educational materials which will be distributed throughout the veterinary faculties of Southern Africa.

Silent Heroes Foundation is a small grassroots foundation whose aim is to provide their sponsored projects with some of the various supplies needed to continue their work in the field of wildlife conservation and veterinary medicine. SHF currently supports 11 projects in 8 African countries, and focuses on a One Health perspective, taking into consideration the importance of supporting a variety of health projects throughout the region.

Besides that, SHF and VBFA also share a common vision, in our reaching out to veterinary universities across Africa to enhance veterinary education. They have successfully forged partnerships with Makerere University in Uganda as well as with Umutara University in Rwanda, and have been looking for opportunities to spread their support. Our hope is that through this joint venture, much more study material would reach the universities throughout Southern Africa than previously managed.

The VBFA 2011/2012 committee would like to take this opportunity to again say a big THANK YOU to SHF for your making us one of your 2012 projects. We truly appreciate it and look forward to a long term collaborative effort with you!

For more information about the good work that SHF does, visit their website at http://www.thesilentheroes.org/

 

 

 

Hypnotist Show Fundraiser

On Wednesday the 25th of July the team hosted a fundraiser for the trip. by getting Troye the Hypnotist to come and entertain the students of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Campus.

Jacqui organised the event and, with the help of the rest of the committee, it turned out to be  great fun for everyone and earning us some of the needed funds for out Trip in October.

Dr. Guy Fyvie from Hill’s Pet South Africa attended the evening to hand over veterinary books to our committee to hand over to the Veterinary Science faculties up in Africa  we will be visiting. Hill’s Pet Nutrition also sponsored a portion of the evening and Onderstepoort House Committee generously supported us al well.

Drikus (Chairman) receiving the onation of books from Dr. Guy Fyvie of Hill’s Pet Nutrition South Africa.

Volunteers sleeping deeply.

 

Welcome!

Welcome to the official Onderstepoort Vet Books for Africa website! This site functions as a platform through which the public can get a better idea on the work this veterinary student run committee does. It also acts as a gathering point at which students from previous trips can talk and maintain communication between the students, universities and other institutions visited.