Vets Beyond Borders
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Annual Report 2008
Vets Beyond Borders is an Australian-based, incorporated,
not-for-profit association. It was founded by vets committed
to improving animal welfare in developing communities and
fostering the spirit of volunteering amongst their profession.
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Vets Beyond Borders exists to improve animal welfare and
International Patron: public health in developing communities.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Vets Beyond Borders respects religious beliefs and is
non-political; members respect the cultures within which they
offer their veterinary skills.
Foundation Brigitte Bardot Our mission
Maria Norbury Fund for Animals Vets Beyond Borders aims to provide sustainable veterinary
services to improve animal welfare and community health in
Asia, Australia and the Pacific.
We aim to work in areas of greatest need to:
• establish, develop and support programmes dedicated to
improving the welfare of stray and domesticated animals
and wildlife, including Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies
Vaccination (ABC-AR) programmes and programmes
targeting the control of zoonotic diseases.
• provide veterinary support to local animal welfare
organisations in developing countries.
• coordinate the sourcing, placement and support of
veterinary volunteers seeking to assist the work of animal
welfare organisations nationally and internationally.
• develop and promote best-practice protocols for animal
• develop and promote education programmes designed to
encourage respect, care and responsibility for animals in
the global community.
• develop strategic alliances with similar organisations in
Australia and worldwide.
• develop and promote training programmes to increase the
skills of local veterinary and animal welfare staff.
• assist in the provision of volunteers and veterinary support
services for disaster relief, where and when possible.
• promote veterinary input to wildlife conservation
• secure ongoing funding for the governance of Vets Beyond
Borders and the programmes with which it is involved.
What your donation can do for animals:
Ten dollars vaccinates 20 dogs in India against rabies for a year.
Forty dollars pays for a dog to be desexed.
Two hundred dollars pays for the surgical equipment to desex hundreds of dogs.
Four thousand dollars pays for a mobile vet clinic to visit remote villages, providing health care
for countless animals that have never seen a vet.
Photos by David Darcy and John Skuja
Vets Beyond Borders | PO Box 576, Crows Nest NSW 1585 | ph: (02) 9431 8616
email@example.com | www.vetsbeyondborders.org
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This past year has been one of consolidation and growth.
We are strategically expanding our programme activity and
investigating new areas to implement animal welfare efforts.
However, the challenges facing animals internationally are
immense and our resources are limited. We have seen that
one’s religion, culture or even financial resources are
irrelevant - there exists in all peoples a basic concern for
animals. This is heartening. Witnessing the local people’s
concern for their animals greatly motivates our international
volunteers working in Vets Beyond Borders' programmes.
In this era of increasing globalisation and interdependence,
we have a responsibility to help our neighbours to create a
humane and disease free world for all animals and their
human companions. To this end, we are increasing our
efforts with respect to zoonotic disease control (diseases
transmitted from animals to humans, such as rabies and
avian influenza) and Government-sponsored animal welfare
programmes. We are collaborating with a university research
project on canine zoonotic diseases in India, a World Health
Organisation (WHO) /AusAID partnership on zoonotic
diseases in Vietnam (with VBB acting as the Australian
Partner Organisation), and are in discussions with the WHO
rabies team regarding extension of ABC-AR programme to
An increasingly important activity is the training of local
veterinary personnel, as it provides great long-term animal-
welfare benefit. As a result of the success of the SARAH
Programme in Sikkim, we were invited by the Royal
Government of Bhutan to assist in drafting a National Rabies
Control and Dog Population Management Plan and to
provide surgical training to Bhutanese vets and nurses.
Following on from this year's successful training efforts, we
are eagerly anticipating our new initiative, Project Vet-Train.
The pilot phase of this project is scheduled to commence in
February 2009: In collaboration with the Government of
India and the Animal Welfare Board of India, VBB is
establishing a surgical training programme for Indian vets
and nurses, to enhance and standardise the quality of
veterinary services provided to animal welfare groups in
India. We gratefully acknowledge sponsors, the Marchig
Trust, RSPCA International and the Maria Norbury Fund, for
their generous support of Project Vet-Train.
The strength of VBB rests firmly with our dedicated
supporters, donors, members, volunteers and local
programme staff. Without their continued and unswerving
passion, we would not be so successful. On behalf of the
VBB Board, the animals and their human companions in our
programme areas, I would like to thank you for your fantastic
efforts this year. We look forward to working together in the
Dr Catherine Schuetze
Vets Beyond Borders
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Human health and animal health are closely intertwined. This is particularly true in developing countries,
where animals are relied upon for transport, textiles and clothing, and as a food protein source. The goal
of veterinary public health is to promote and improve human health through animal-related interventions.
These are often targeted towards zoonotic diseases: infections passed from animals to humans.
Epidemiology is the study of diseases in a group of people or animals - why and how a disease
spreads. Epidemiology plays an important role in veterinary public health programmes, allowing a more
accurate assessment of the significance and impact of infectious diseases, their risk factors and
potential control interventions.
The work of VBB in canine rabies control programmes in street dogs in India demonstrates the
importance of veterinary public health measures. Street dogs are de-wormed and vaccinated against
rabies, reducing the number of infected dogs in the street dog population and, therefore, reducing the
risk of infection to humans.
There is a lack of information about the prevalence of zoonotic diseases in many countries. In response
to this, VBB is participating as a key partner in an epidemiology research project being undertaken by
VBB member, Dr Rebecca Traub, of the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Queensland.
Rebecca and a postgraduate research student visited VBB in Sikkim and Ladakh in India in June 2008
as part of an epidemiology project funded by Bayer Healthcare Animal Health. They collected samples
(blood, faeces and skin scrapings) from street dogs for analysis. This three year study aims to provide
more information regarding gastrointestinal and vector-borne zoonotic diseases in India, in order to
better tailor disease control interventions.
Vets Beyond Borders is also acting as an Australian Partner Organisation of the Australian Youth
Ambassadors for Development programme. Dr Anna Dean, a Board Member of Vets Beyond Borders,
has begun a one-year assignment with the World Health Organisation of the United Nations in Hanoi,
Vietnam. Anna is funded by AusAID, the Australian government's overseas aid agency. Anna’s work
involves investigation into the epidemiology of zoonotic disease in Vietnam, including the promotion of
collaboration between human and animal health sectors in combating zoonotic diseases. Vets Beyond
Borders will act as a mentor to Anna during this assignment.
VBB is committed to improving both animal and human health. We plan to further incorporate such
principles into our work in developing countries. The existence of accurate information allows a better
assessment of the health status of communities and populations, facilitating a targeted and informed
approach to disease prevention and control.
Dr Anna Dean
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Sikkim In Memoriam
The Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health (SARAH) Programme,
established in March 2006 as the first state-wide animal welfare Vets Beyond Borders
programme in India, continued its inspirational work throughout the year. Board member, Dr
SARAH has taken its mobile veterinary clinics into rural communities in Jane Bell passed away
south, west and north Sikkim, bringing renewed hope for animals in in July 2008.
Jane brought to the
The continued progress of the programme has been made possible by
funds committed by the Government of Sikkim and major sponsor, the organisation a wealth
Brigitte Bardot Foundation. Dedicated SARAH staff (veterinarians and vet of experience in the
aides) work rain, hail or shine, alongside generous foreign VBB veterinary not-for-profit sector,
volunteers who donate their time to help make this programme an especially in developing
outstanding success. communities. Her
contribution will be
By the end of June 2008, 14 Indian veterinarians had received VBB missed.
training and had passed both practical and written assessments. Seven
of these vets are currently working full-time with the SARAH Programme.
On behalf of the
Government vets who have undergone VBB training are encouraged to organisation we send
use their skills to assist with surgery when the mobile units are working in sincere condolences to
their area. Continuing veterinary education is important to VBB and three her family and friends.
seminars have been held during the year. VBB volunteer vets have
presented on a diverse range of clinical topics. Seminars have been well
attended by both SARAH staff and Government veterinarians from the
Animal Husbandry Department.
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Three units were in operation during
this period: one based at the
SARAH Hospital in Gangtok and
two mobile units working throughout
the State in Rhenock, Ravangla,
Jorethang, Dentam, Yuksom and
Geyzing. In the period July 2007 to
June 2008, 5618 animals (mostly
dogs and some cats) were sterilised,
and 8514 animals were vaccinated
against rabies. Thirty eight dogs
received life-saving chemotherapy
to treat transmissible venereal
On a number of occasions, the
SARAH team was required to
respond to suspected rabies
outbreaks in rural areas. All dogs
bitten by potentially rabid dogs
were captured and given post-
exposure treatment. All owned
dogs, cattle, and goats also
received post-exposure treatment.
Any animals suspected of incubating
rabies were caught and kept under
observation in the isolation unit at
the SARAH Hospital for a minimum
of ten days.
Cases were referred from
Government vets in Gangtok and
rural areas and from private-
practice veterinarians. Additionally,
in the case of two valuable
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
explosives sniffer dogs, referral was
from veterinarians serving with the
The programme performed a
variety of surgical procedures
including amputations, major
orthopaedics, eye enucleations,
skin grafting, tumour removals,
wound management, small
intestinal resection and anastomosis,
pyometras, caesareans (dog and
goat), prolapsed uterus (pig), cat
prolapsed rectum (cat), and atresia
ani (calf). All these cases provided
valuable clinical experience for
referring veterinarians, who were
encouraged to assist with
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Following negotiations with the State Institute of Education,
SARAH has been invited to include an animal welfare and
anti-rabies message in school textbooks for Class 5 English,
and Class 4 and 5 Environmental Studies. These books will
be provided free to all children at 800 government schools
throughout Sikkim and will be studied as part of the school
curriculum. SARAH has been asked to write one chapter for
each class. The Brigitte Bardot Foundation has very kindly
offered to develop these lessons in consultation with local
The three-day Kisan Mela (agricultural fair) was held in
Gangtok on 12, 13, 14 June, attended by 3000 farmers.
SARAH was invited to share a stall with the Animal Husbandry
Department and presented a demonstration of sterilisation
surgery, which was attended by the Chief Minister of Sikkim.
Anti-rabies information was disseminated through posters,
presentations and pamphlets.
SARAH staff and VBB volunteers have presented a series of
informative sessions at schools and panchayats (local
councils) to raise awareness of rabies and animal welfare.
Laptops and technology are lacking, so information cards are
distributed, emphasising the important facts.
Veterinary volunteers continue to keenly support the programme
and, during this period, 31 volunteers from a range of
countries generously donated their time. All recent volunteers
have participated in the continuing education seminars, giving
presentations to their Indian colleagues on a clinical topic of
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Representatives from the SARAH project's major sponsor, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, visited
the programme. Ms Ghyslaine Calmels-Bock (CEO) and Ms Brigitte Auloy (Indian programme
liaison) have pledged ongoing support from the Foundation.
World Veterinary Day was celebrated in Gangtok on 28 April 2008 with Sikkim's first ever Pet Dog
Care Show. This event was organised in collaboration with the Animal Husbandry Department and
was a resounding success, with 38 competitors and hundreds of onlookers.
In April, SARAH veterinarians performed a life-saving caesarean operation on a common leopard
at the Himalayan Zoological Park. Unfortunately, the one cub was dead, but the life of the mother
was ultimately saved and it is hoped that she may breed again in the future.
The SARAH team is aiming to commence work in isolated parts of north Sikkim at the end of this
year's monsoon. The monsoon makes work extremely difficult in rural regions of Sikkim as many
roads are impassable for weeks, due to landslides. The SARAH teams continue to function in all
but the most unfavourable conditions. Upon completion of work in the north, the entire state of
Sikkim will have been visited once. However, this does not mean that our task will be finished, as
SARAH teams must return to each location on a yearly basis to re-vaccinate previous patients and
sterilise and vaccinate new dogs.
The Government of Sikkim and the Brigitte Bardot Foundation are committed to ensuring that the
SARAH Programme will continue long into the future. Planning is underway to establish the SARAH
Programme as a separate section of the Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries and Veterinary
Services Department. This is expected to occur in 2009-2010 and will ensure the long term
sustainability of the programme, with subsequent funding to be guaranteed by the Government of
The generous support of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, without which this unique and successful
programme could not function, is gratefully acknowledged.
Dr Beth McGennisken
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Ladakh Plans have been drawn up to build eleven individual pens
in the currently unfinished pen. These will be extremely
useful for housing any dogs that are sick, aggressive or
The Leh Street Dog Sterilisation Project has continued its difficult to handle.
operations in the remote region of Ladakh in the Indian
Himalayas. Thanks to the generous support of the Brigitte A solar-powered refrigerator has been ordered in which to
Bardot Foundation and the Marchig Trust, VBB and the keep the rabies vaccines which are currently stored at the
Ladakh Animal Care Society (LACS) have been able to Animal Husbandry office. This will also allow us to acquire
continue working towards street dog population control in and store vincristine for the treatment of transmissible
Leh and surrounding villages, as well as providing venereal tumours (TVTs), a distressing and sadly common
veterinary care and rabies vaccinations to these dogs. condition.
The second annual project was completed in September Finally, Dr Rebecca Traub, the veterinary parasitologist
2007. A total of 911 dogs were surgically sterilised and from the University of Queensland, and her PhD student,
many others provided with veterinary care. During this Dr Aza Puteri, visited Leh to collect samples from 100
time, representatives of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation Ladakhi dogs for their Bayer-sponsored research into
visited our project and made a commitment to assisting blood-borne and gastrointestinal parasites of dogs in India.
us to continue and expand the project in following years.
Unfortunately, both succumbed to the high altitude and
This support allowed the LACS facility to remain open for were unable to spend much time at the clinic. However,
the first time throughout the winter months. The winter of they were excited about the data which this work will
2007/08 was particularly cold, with temperatures below provide - for example, the incidence of the fatal
-20°C and heavy snowfalls. LACS staff were on call to echinococcus multilocularis in Leh (a parasite well
save sick and injured animals from the streets and to recognised in the similar high and dry environment of the
provide food, shelter and veterinary care. Tibetan Plateau); whether the ubiquitous flat fly or “bigu”
may be a vector for parasites; whether the tapeworms
Clinical work detected in the local dogs are actually Dipylidium, in
which case, they would be existing in the absence of the
This year the flank approach for ovario-hysterectomy has cat flea. An incidental but not surprising finding was that
been adopted, due to the obvious advantages that this the haematocrits of Leh dogs are significantly higher than
procedure offers to street dog sterilisation programmes. that of lower altitude Delhi canines.
Weekly vaccination camps have been held in and around We are grateful to the hard working staff of the Ladakh
Leh to encourage pet owners to have their dogs vaccinated. Animal Care Society, particularly to the manager Kunzang
Successful negotiations with the District Commissioner in Namgyal, and to all the volunteers who came to work on
2007 have resulted in the cost of vaccines now being the project under sometimes challenging conditions.
covered by the Government.
Dr Janet Perry
There have been two such vaccination days during the Project director
2008 annual project (in the Tibetan camps near
Choglamsar) which have proved popular. Radio
advertising, posters and word of mouth have been
effective in informing the public of this free dog
vaccination scheme, and the Chief Medical Officer has
offered to send a doctor to provide human rabies
information to the local community.
Rabies vaccination has become increasingly important
since the outbreak of rabies in Nyuma in eastern Ladakh
in March this year. Although there have been several
suspected cases previously, this was the first confirmed
case of rabies in Ladakh.
At the shelter, improvements such as tree planting, new
toilets and perimeter fencing were completed during the
spring of this year.
Current construction work at the clinic will provide a
dedicated pharmacy, prep room and surgery. The current
surgery will be used as an office and treatment room.
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Comparison of VBB Service Delivery to its Programs
Between 2006 and 2007-08 Financial Year
Program Number of Volunteers Number of weeks Total Value to Program ($AUD)
Name 2006 2007-08 2006 2007-08 2006 2007-08
Sikkim 24 31 103 100 226,500 243,000
Ladakh 18 21 69 91 157,500 199,500
Bhutan 4 17 42,600
Totals 42 56 172 208 384,000 485,100
Comparisons 25% increase 18% increase 21% Increase
Comparison of VBB Performance within Volunteers and
Memberships Between 2006 and 2007-08 Financial Year
Web Registered Volunteers Pending Stage Members
2006 2007-08 2006 2007-08 2006 2007-08
Totals 112 297 137 105 48 101
Comparisons 63% Increase 24% decrease 48% increase
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In Sikkim, the SARAH Programme continues to emphasise In 2008, Vets Beyond Borders funded a training
the importance of providing on-going training to its staff programme for skills development of Indonesian vets.
and also to Government veterinarians. Public awareness VBB partnered with the local organisation, Yudisthira, to
is another high priority, especially the education of deliver training seminars and workshops in the surgical
Sikkimese school children. Animal welfare and rabies techniques required for an Animal Birth Control and
education has recently become a formal component of Anti-Rabies (ABC-AR) programme. This training gives
the Sikkim primary school curriculum, thanks to input from local veterinarians the ability to play a lead role in
the SARAH Programme. humanely controlling the stray dog population and to
offer desexing as a service to the benefit of pet dogs.
SARAH international volunteer vets regularly present talks
to SARAH staff and Government vets. Topics have Due to limited resources in Indonesian universities,
included dystocia and caesareans in cattle, gastric veterinary graduates often have little exposure to this kind
dilatation-volvulus syndrome, seizures in dogs, anaesthesia of surgical training. This is where VBB funds can be used
of cows, a case study of an African elephant and a report very effectively - to help to develop and spread these
on the recent VBB training trip to Bhutan. essential skills amongst our Indonesian veterinary
colleagues, for the benefit of animals and communities.
Ladakh VBB provided this funding as a response to requests for
training from vets across Indonesia who have seen the
A formal education programme on rabies and animal achievements in Bali. The Yudisthira vets travelled to
welfare is yet to be undertaken by the Ladakh neighbouring islands and training was delivered as
programme; however, funding from the Brigitte Bardot week-long workshops covering all aspects of establishing
Foundation has been allocated for this purpose and will an effective neutering programme. Participants were given
be put to use in 2009. There is also an opportunity to the opportunity to undertake surgery with the necessary
collaborate with the Snow Leopard Conservancy (Leh) guidance from an experienced teacher. It is envisioned
which already has a school education component on that ABC programmes will now be established in those
wildlife and the environment and rabies. areas.
Dr Mark Johnson, a wildlife veterinarian and expert in wild VBB would like to thank major donor, Prue Gillies, for
animal capture and handling, volunteered his time to visit providing the funds to make this programme possible.
Ladakh to advise on new catching and handling methods VBB also thanks the vets of Yudisthira for their hard work
for street dogs. Dr Mark held a three day dog catching and dedication in delivering the training.
and handling workshop attended by representatives and
staff from LACS, the SARAH Programme (Sikkim), Help in Dr John Skuja
Suffering (Jaipur), as well as VBB volunteers and Rinchen
Wangchuk from the Snow Leopard Conservancy (Leh).
With new equipment, and with Dr Mark’s guidance, the
catching and handling of Leh’s street dogs has become
much less stressful for both dogs and staff.
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VBB ran training in ABC-AR programmes this year in Bhutan, at
the District Veterinary Hospital, Paro.
The training was a great success, with twenty veterinarians and
paraveterinarians completing the course, demonstrating the
range of competencies required.
One hundred and fourteen dogs were surgically sterilised and
received routine treatment. A range of other cases, including
orthopaedic, were also presented for treatment. Many thanks to
Drs Karma and Phurba and Senior Vet-Aide Bucchu who
travelled from the SARAH Programme in Sikkim to assist VBB’s
Veterinary Director, Dr Ian Douglas, with the training.
Prior to VBB’s involvement in Bhutan, the vast majority of canine
sterilisations were performed by paravets. We were informed
that castration was usually performed via scrotal incision while
spaying was essentially uterine ligation plus or minus partial
hysterectomy. As a consequence, over five percent of female
dogs presented for surgery during the programme were found
to be affected with varying degrees of pyometra, most frequently
involving the proximal uterine stump.
We are hopeful that, during future ABC-AR campaigns, paravets
will be able to concentrate their undoubted skills on the many
other, non-surgical aspects of ABC-AR work.
As requested by the Bhutanese Ministry of Agriculture, VBB has
presented its proposal and budget for establishment of a national
street-dog and anti-rabies plan, based on the SARAH
Programme in Sikkim. VBB is most grateful for the support of the
Brigitte Bardot Foundation in sponsoring Ian Douglas’s trip to
VBB volunteers also visited the Bali Animal Welfare Association
(BAWA) several times over the reporting period to provide
support and training to local vets.
VBB’s Dr Elaine Ong (pictured) travels to Bali every four months
to train BAWA vets. She also recruits and screens all volunteers
for the project. Other VBB volunteers to support this project this
year, were Dr John Skuja, Ms Dani Davenport, Ms Carolyn
Maguire, Jilea Carney and Ms Faye Kingsford.
VBB’s role is to share surgical skills with BAWA vets, as well as
to provide training in preventative veterinary care, including
dermatology and general medicine and surgery. VBB volunteers
have also devised protocols in many areas, including neonatal
care, nutrition, euthanasia, nursing and cleaning protocols. VBB
volunteers are well received by BAWA vets who are committed to
improving the quality of life for animals in their country.
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A key VBB activity in the past year has been the development of Project
Vet-Train. Initially based in India, Project Vet-Train entails the formation and
dispatch of teams of international veterinary educators to deliver clinical
training in areas where veterinary personnel have little opportunity to refine
The pilot phase of the project is a collaboration between VBB, the Indian
Department of Animal Welfare and the Animal Welfare Board of India. A
Vet-Train team will provide clinical instruction in anaesthesia and surgery to
approximately 120 Indian veterinarians and vet nursing staff. The project is
funded by the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, RSPCA International and the
Maria Norbury Fund for Animals.
Project Vet-Train builds on the success of field programmes previously
established by VBB and has been designed to promote the best possible
clinical care of animals in the region.
Media and fundraising
Vets Beyond Borders has now adopted a marketing plan. Despite some
setbacks, we are hopeful of gaining corporate sponsorship to sustain VBB
into the future. Creative agency, Channel Zero, is co-ordinating the marketing
plan, relying on their strong contacts in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry.
The formation of a dedicated fundraising committee will allow the
concentration of resources on fundraising next year.
Media coverage has been sustained during the reporting period, with strong
media interest in the SARAH project, especially the work of VBB vets in
saving the life of Julie, the snow leopard at a Sikkimese zoo. Project-based
media coverage, such as that from Sikkim, has been hugely successful, with
local staff developing strong relationships with their media.
Interviews with volunteers and project directors have also been strong.
Media activity now needs to be consolidated with targeted strategies and
constant profile-raising stories and activities. Many thanks to Faye
Kingsford for her extraordinary talent in placing VBB stories in the media.
A co-ordinated approach has been taken in production of VBB’s
publications, which are now professionally designed and produced to be
distinctive and eye-catching.
Building on his successful, profile-raising photographic exhibition, ‘Street
Dogs of India’, David Darcy has distributed copies of his books to veterinary
surgeries throughout metropolitan Sydney, with a percentage of profits
donated to VBB. The books include a large display poster in surgeries,
promoting the organisation. By August 2008, 118 books had been sold
through veterinary clinics, raising $590 for VBB.
Other fundraising activities included tea towel sales, gift dog doll sales, a
fundraising hike by volunteer Danny Cilento and the annual “tax time”
Special thanks to printers, Clarke Murphy in Sydney who donated valuable
printing services to VBB through the year.
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from the local Gangtok newspaper NOW! published 29 April 2008
Thank you to Danny Cilento from Centenary Vets in
Queensland who not only volunteered in Ladakh, but who
organised a sponsored walk across the World Heritage listed
Lamington National Park and donated the proceeds to Vets
Beyond Borders. Amongst the team were veterinarians Mike
Hinds and Annie Rose from the University of Queensland
Veterinary School and Craig Smith from Karalee-Karana
Downs Vet practice as well as many other enthusiastic staff,
family and friends. The intrepid team spent two days walking
50km through spectacular countryside and raised over
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Financial Report Summary Statement by
BALANCE SHEET AS AT 30th JUNE 2008 Members of the
2008 2007 Committee
Cash & cash equivalents 87,693 114,170 In the opinion of the committee the
Current Tax Assets 5,797 1,210 financial report:
Total Assets 93,490 115,380
1. Give a true and fair view of the
Current Liabilities financial position of Vets Beyond
Trade and other payables 22,759 12,415 Borders Incorporated as at 30th
Current tax liabilities 351 -227 June 2008 and of its performance
Total Liabilities 23,110 12,188 for the year on that date in
accordance with Australian
Member Funds Accounting Standards; mandatory
Accumulated surplus 70,380 103,192 professional reporting requirements
Funds available for future use 70,380 103,192 and other authoritative
pronouncement of the Australian
INCOME STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30th 2. In the members’ opinion, at the
JUNE 2008 date of this statement, there are
Revenue reasonable grounds to believe that
Donations 4,048 24,428 the association will be able to pay
Grants 185,879 269,929 its debts as and when they become
Membership 1418 235 due and payable.
Interest 569 609
Other Income 939 823
Total Revenue 192,853 296,024
Accounting & audit fees 3,000 1,406
Advertising & promotion 2,662 John Skuja
Bank fee and charges 896 378 Treasurer
Financial Management 3,975
Computer & website 1,092 11,379 Committee Members
Conference/seminar 222 2,860
Insurance 3,741 4,014 Catherine Scheutze (Chairperson)
Legal Fees 2,072 Sue Schreiner (Deputy Chairperson)
Office Expenses 20,403
Postage 220 52 John Skuja (Treasurer)
Printing & Stationery 3,748 2,990 Jilea Carney
Project Expenses 204,808 173,366 Ian Douglas
Subscriptions 904 Jane Bell (deceased)
Telephone 672 1,480 Peter Howe
Training 5,450 Margaret Conley
Total Expenses 225,036 226,754 Elaine Ong (retired 24/11/07)
Anna Dean (appointed 24/11/07)
Net surplus/(deficit) for the year -32,183 69,270
Note 1: This financial report is derived from the company's annual statutory report for the year ended 30th June 2008 which is available upon request.
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