Vet visits India to help tackle rabies problem

Veterinary Surgeon Jo Iddon, from Heath Veterinary Clinic in Burgess Hill, visits India to help tackle rabies SUS-150412-105145001

Veterinary Surgeon Jo Iddon, from Heath Veterinary Clinic in Burgess Hill, visits India to help tackle rabies SUS-150412-105145001

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Veterinary Surgeon Jo Iddon, from Heath Veterinary Clinic in Burgess Hill, recently took a trip to India to aid the work of charity, Mission Rabies.

She raised money for her charity visit by a pub quiz fundraiser in September. Her work involved vaccinating stray dogs against the disease and marking them with a red spot so people are aware they’ve had the immunisation.

India is the world’s hotspot for rabies, with an estimated death toll from the disease of 30,000 deaths a year. However, the charity has various projects to combat the issue, including teaching vets the skills to run neutering and vaccine campaigns and distributing educational materials to schools so children can learn how to prevent being bitten. The project Jo was involved in is the monthly mass vaccination drive, which has been successful in vaccinating over 60,000 dogs so far.

Sarah Solomon, owner of Heath Veterinary Clinic, says: “We are so proud of Jo for going to India to use her expertise for such a great cause. She raised over £750, which is fabulous and found her visit to India an eye opener.”

Jo adds: “I was really looking forward to visiting India to help this great charity and offering them my skills as a veterinary surgeon. I’m very appreciative of all the support I’ve received from my work, friends, family and people in the local community. The trip was very interesting and I’m glad I’ve gone a little way towards helping the rabies problem in India.”

Report and picture contributed by PMW Communications.