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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).



Swiss Veterinarian training

A projekt of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation and Kompanima

Knowledge and skills for animal welfare operations

Neutering feral cats and dogs at home and abroad is an extremely important service for all affected animals and their unborn offspring. Many young veterinarians sign up for animal welfare missions in the hope of being able to work and learn practically on the animal. However, it is questionable if insufficiently trained beginners perform actions on animals in need, which they have not yet learned enough.

A solid basic training prior to an animal protection operation is therefore mandatory and is the subject of this further training. This includes a theoretical part in which the veterinarians learn valuable information about the operation in animal protection. Especially abroad, the external circumstances are often adverse, there is a lack of narcotics, sutures and drugs. The knowledge of alternatives is then decisive.

In the same way, hygiene regulations must be observed despite a lack of materials. Neutering is the most important veterinary activity in the protection of animals abroad. For this purpose, the animals must first be checked manually for pregnancies or possible uterine inflammations. At the same time, however, it is important to assess the entire animal and to initiate any further treatments, such as the application of antiparasitics or a wound toilet for injuries.

We also offer interested veterinarians the opportunity to learn the practical work with veterinarians who are experienced in animal protection. In the context of an open practical course all important skills, in particular also the neutering at dogs and cats, are practiced, so that the trained veterinarians become applicable in the future in animal protection actions at home and abroad.

Since the practical training places are limited, applicants must apply for such a training place.


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