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Education and Training

Education and training of specialists

The Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation's guiding principle is "Let's tackle the root of the problem". In addition to the optimisation of animal shelters and neutering campaigns in Switzerland and many other countries, the training and further education of veterinarians and animal protectionists is an important pillar of this philosophy: The SUST veterinary training courses are known for their quality and efficiency.
Animal welfare activists learn elementary principles for the handling and care of animals and for the management of animal shelters, veterinarians are brought up to date with the latest neutering techniques by internationally recognized colleagues and experience new and important things for the implementation of such campaigns.
This lays the foundation for further successful neutering campaigns to meet the quality standard demanded by SUST: This means that countless unwanted young animals do not have to be born and suffer in the first place. It has been proven that the overpopulation of dogs and cats can only be contained in the long term and animal-friendly by neutering campaigns.

This is what we have set ourselves the goal of our animal welfare work: the problem is being tackled at the root!

The pillar "basic and advanced training of specialists" includes

- Courses at the SUST Academy
- Veterinary training in different countries
- Animal welfare seminars in different countries
- ERFA events in Switzerland
- Internships for veterinarians, students and veterinary assistants in different countries
- Trainee programme for young Swiss veterinarians of SUST and Kompanima
- personal training of experts during SUST operations
- Co-financing of training centres
The activities of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation are financed exclusively by donations and legacies (no public support).



Education and advanced training for the service teams

Animal welfare through proper action

In an animal welfare operation, the animal welfare activists of SUST can face any conceivable task. The better the individual team members are trained and prepared, the more the teams can do to protect and rescue animals.

For this reason, SUST conducts a detailed oral briefing before each assignment abroad (supplementary to the written briefing and the accompanying documents) and also organizes ongoing training courses on various topics.

During 2016, in addition to the courses at the SUST Academy, the animal welfare assistants of SUST also benefited from the following training modules:

06.02.2016 SUST volunteer training (lecturer: Dr. Janina Werner Heer and Susy Utzinger)
07.05.2016 Handling couse (lecturer: TierRettungsDienst)
27.08.2016 Handling course (lecturer: TierRettungsDienst)
15.09.2016 Handling course (lecturer: TierRettungsDienst)
09.11.2016 Volunteer training for cat neutering campaigns

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Education and advanced training for the service teams
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