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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).



Veterinarian Training in Budapest, Hungary

October 2017

With the leadership of the disciples of the world-famous surgeon, Jeffrey Young a „Dog and cat neutering workshop” has been organised by the Swiss Susy Utzinger Stiftung für Tierschutz, and the Rex kutyaotthon alapítvány on 15th of October, in Hungary.

The Hungarian training for vets was organized for the 6th time by the Swiss Susy Utzinger Foundation in collaboration with the local Rex Foundation. The organizers also received essential instruments and medicines from the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) that contributed significantly to the success of the training.

The workshop provided a complex theoretic and technical overview of population control of dogs and cats. During the morning presentation Dr. Péter Kiraly spoke about the veterinary and animal welfare aspects of the overpopulation of dogs and cats, that is a world-wide problem. He highlighted that euthanasia cannot be a tool for population control, and the only efficient solution to handle this situation is neutering. The second speaker Dr. Balazs Bence introduced the latest surgical techniques with the help of slides and tutorial videos. The participating vets -who came from all over the Country- could actively join in the surgical practice, and could peer into the alternative methods like „early age” operations. The organizers are committed followers of pre-pubertal neutering, which technical knacks were shared with the participants in theory and in practice, too. During the surgical workshop in the afternoon the collegaues could make themselves certain of the fact, that the operations can be carried out even at the age of 4 weeks with complete safety. Moreover -after obtaining some routine- prepubertal neutering has several advantages through the significant reduction of surgery complications, costs, length of time, etc.

21 dogs and cats of different ages has been neutered during the professionally organized surgical workshop in the afternoon. The surgeries were conducted by 3 skilful surgeons paralelly at three operation tables.

According to the unanimous feedbacks of the participants, the workshop proved to be particularly useful.

  • Hungary
5 Pillars:
  • Neutering Campaigns
  • Education and Training
Veterinarian Training in Budapest, Hungary
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