Volunteer in Botswana: MAWS Veterinary Clinic

While staying at our campsite in Botswana, I met a group of Europeans that had been volunteering at the local animal clinic. I told them how I’m a certified veterinary nurse back home, so they invited me to volunteer with their furry friends for the day. 🐶 🐕

DSC_0645MAWS (Maun Animal Welfare Society) provides free veterinary services to low-income villagers across Botswana. DSC_0618Their clinic relies heavily on donations, and on the help of both long and short-term veterinary volunteers to work at the clinic. They have on-site accommodation for volunteers- a cute house with a kitchen, WiFi and on-suite bathroom.
DSC_0624Their facility is absolutely impeccable, and their stock of veterinary supplies is enough to provide adequate veterinary care for a wide-array of medical conditions. medsThe facility itself has dog runs to house the recovering animals, which is kept up very well. DSC_0626During my time at the charity clinic, I was able to see an animal with a ruptured tumor.DSC_0597 - Edited The dog had been scratching at the mass, so we were able to apply some healing cream and wrap the growth to protect it. DSC_0606 - EditedThe dog looked so lovely and proud with her red sash that we gave her the pageant nickname, ‘Ms. MAWS 2017.’ 😛DSC_0665We also saw an incredibly anorexic dog with a lame leg. Optimistically, she was more than eager to eat, so we started feeding her small, frequent meals of high-calorie dog food. DSC_0634 - EditedI was also able to play with three puppies that were recovering from Parvovirus.DSC_0657They’re obviously feeling a lot better now. 😀DSC_0646The most adorable case of the day was this giddy little puppy that had been previously treated for anorexia and lethargy. Now he is full of energy with a tiny little potbelly. 17192201_10106472419356607_7437433332272067068_o

Overall, if you have the time and are interested in volunteering with MAWS, feel free to follow the link below and contact them. They are more than interested in veterinary volunteers, as well as, all animal lovers that are willing to provide a helping hand. 🙂Screenshot 2017-03-10 at 17.46.24
http://www.maunanimalwelfare.com/

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9 thoughts on “Volunteer in Botswana: MAWS Veterinary Clinic

  1. Hello, I was referred to your site by a friend, Tracy Lazarus, who knows your mom. Thanks for sharing your adventures! I have been enjoying them 🙂

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  2. Hi Megan,

    It’s Arnie, we met at MAWS on the day that you were there. Thank you for helping out and it was great to meet you.

    A bit of an update since you left:

    The skinny brown dog has been named Buddy and is being looked after by the other vet nurse, Alex. He is putting on weight slowly but his eyes are bright and once he’s strong enough his left rear leg will be amputated. He should be fine and Alex is going to adopt him.

    Sadly Ms MAWS 2017 wasn’t so lucky. Her condition worsened very quickly and she was put to sleep a day or two later. Very sad but at least she died with dignity and not a slow death in the bush.

    As for the giddy little pot bellied monster, he’s coming to Europe in the next 3 – 4 months and we’ll either keep him or find him a great home via our rescue dog charity!

    Keep well, enjoy your travels and hopefully see you in Barcelona!

    Cheers,

    Arnie and Samantha

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much for the update. I’m happy to hear that Buddy and the puppy are doing so well. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that things continue on this positive note. Safe travels back to Europe. Hope to see you both in Spain. Take care. 🙂

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