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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).



Vet Trainee Program of SUST and Kompanima

"Thanks to the support of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation and Kompanima, I was given the opportunity to complete a 3-week internship at the SUST Animal Orphan Hospital Bucharest under the direction of Dr. Irina Corbu. The main aim of this internship was to strengthen my surgical skills in the field of neutering dogs and cats. Other important topics included first aid for animal emergencies, common anesthesia for surgery and how to do good with little equipment. 
The SUST Animal Orphan Hospital Bucharest is specialized in the neutering of dogs and cats. These are often animals from the street, wild animals - but also more and more animals in human care. The daily number of animals to be castrated is accordingly large. In addition to the daily operations, normal consultation hours are held and emergencies are treated. The young bitch 'Yuka' will remain in my memory: rescued from the street by a veterinary medicine student, she was brought to the clinic for first aid after the removal of massive numbers of ticks. During the first two days she was in a critical condition as she had a parvovirus infection and needed intensive support. Gradually her condition improved. In the end she recovered so well that she could romp around as a healthy young dog again. 
In my first internship week I concentrated on the castration of queens, tomcats and males. It was not only about the correct surgical technique, but above all to become faster without sacrificing quality. In addition, I supported the TPA's in preparing the animals for the operations (anaesthesia, scissors, washing). In the following two weeks I also neutered bitches. Irina is a great coach and with her calm, but concentrated manner she always stood by my side when I had questions or problems. In these 3 weeks we additionally carried out several castration actions in the countryside and on the coast of the Black Sea. These missions helped me to gain additional routine. During my stay I could not only improve my surgical skills, but also gain self-confidence and security. 
At this point I would like to thank the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation und Kompanima for this great experience. During my internship I could not only improve my surgical skills, but also work together with very nice people".
med. vet. Gina Steiner, May 2019

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5 Pillars:
  • Education and Training
Vet Trainee Program of SUST and Kompanima
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