The Weston Woden Animal Hospital is proud to be associated with the Canberra Mob – Indigenous Dog Health. The Canberra Mob are a group of veterinarians, veterinary nurses and supporters who provide a dog health program to the indigenous communities in the Utopia region in the Northern Territory.
Every six months a group of vets, nurses and helpers fly out to the Utopia to provide much needed medical care for the dogs living out in the areas indigenous communities.
In March this year, Dr. Ivan and nurse Ruby were lucky enough to participate in one of these trips. They spent 8 days in Utopia helping to perform as many desexings as possible, as well as administering medication to control parasites. They also managed a few non routine procedures such as lump removals, hernia repair and even one leg amputation! Despite some challenges such as heavy rain and flooding, the group managed to rally and do a lot of good work.
Another highlight of this trip was being immersed in the artistic culture of the indigenous people. Everywhere we went there were amazingly talented women using uniquely creative processes to produce such beautiful and meaningful art. It was a privilege to have this insight into their creative processes and culture, and to be able to support the artists directly. We all brought home memories in the form of beautiful artwork, some of which you can see proudly displayed in our reception area.
It was an honour to be able to do our part to support this program, and an amazing once in a lifetime experience.