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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

If you'd like to find out more about other the Specialist Education & Training projects of SUST, please access the German version of the website using your browser's translation extension.
The activities of the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation are financed exclusively by donations and legacies (no public support).



Trainee program for young veterinarians of SUST and Kompanima

A report by veterinarian med. vet. Gina Steiner, who is currently in an internship at the SUST Animal Orphan Hospital in Bucharest, Romania

"I am  here in Bucharest & closer environment for 3 weeks and experience daily the working everyday life of the SUST veterinarian Dr. Irina Corbu. Every day, cats and dogs are neutered and normal consultation hours are held. I can learn all important skills for the practical activity as a veterinarian in the animal protection employment here. Among other things, this includes: consolidating the current castration techniques, getting to know anaesthetics and medicines and how to comply with hygiene standards despite a lack of materials. The idea of the practical course is is it that one is usable in the future as veterinary surgeon in animal protection employments at home and abroad. I am very grateful to SUST and Kompanima for this offer".

Animal-friendly operation training for young veterinarians

Castrating feral cats and dogs at home and abroad is an extremely important animal welfare service. For many young veterinarians this seems to be the ideal opportunity to learn practically on animals. However, it is questionable if insufficiently trained beginners perform actions on animals in need which they do not yet really master.

Many young veterinary surgeons announce themselves for animal protection employments in the hope, to be able to work practically on the animal and to learn. It is however questionable, if insufficiently trained beginners make actions at distressed animals, which they did not learn yet sufficiently. A solid training before an animal protection employment is compelling also for veterinarians. In a common project the Susy Utzinger Animal Welfare Foundation and Kompanima form this basis for animal protection/castration at home and abroad.

In addition to a theoretical introduction day and practical exercises with partner veterinarians in Switzerland, the animal protection organisations also offer accompanied internships for selected applicants in the SUST animal orphan hospitals. In 2017, four young veterinarians are expected to benefit from this offer.

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Trainee program for young veterinarians of SUST and Kompanima
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