In 2020, the AZEVN will be continuing our support of Wildlife Vets International (WVI).

Whilst we would love to be able to support all the great work that Wildlife Vets International (WVI) do, the AZEVN has chosen this year to specifically support the Tiger Health Programme, that currently operates with partners in Russia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and India.

Why not have a read below on exactly how our funds raised in 2020 will help this fantastic project.

The WVI Tiger Health Programme provides vital veterinary input to local tiger conservation efforts.

Our access to a wealth of expertise and experience in this area means WVI is in a unique position to help tigers, and those working to save them, wherever they are found.

The demand for this kind of specialist veterinary support has grown considerably in recent years, and in response we are committed to developing a comprehensive, coordinated, support programme for those who work in wild tiger conservation and management, via our Tiger Health Programme (THP).

Often this means working in coalition with other wildlife veterinary experts – an approach that we think is essential if tigers are to benefit from the very best expertise available.

Since 2013, the AZEVN has raised a fantastic total of £1924 for WVI and thank you to all of our AZEVN Members who have helped us in this brilliant cause.

How will our AZEVN Funds help..?

WVI believes that targeted training of local vets and field biologists working with tigers is one of the most important aspects of supporting any tiger conservation programme. Local training in anaesthesia and clinical examination techniques is often rudimentary, and knowledge of disease investigation and prevention can be very basic, so effective training is crucial to ensuring real and long lasting improvements in the veterinary aspects of any programme.

WVI is also engaged in developing ways to analyse and ultimately mitigate the risk of disease to tigers. This is essential work illustrated by the emerging threat of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) to wild tigers. It is time consuming and long-term work, and therefore one of the more expensive elements of the THP, but absolutely essential if the long- term survival of the tiger is to be guaranteed.

To read the full project outline of how the programme works and the full extent to how our AZEVN funds will help, click on the link below:-

www.wildlifevetsinternational.org/projects/tiger-health-programme