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All Creatures opens animal clinic in Mzuzu

Written by  Rose Mahorya

 

Some veterinay and animal health personnel working on a dog at the clinic -Pic curtersey of All Creatures Trust

Mzuzu, December 13, 2017: All Creatures Trust, an animal welfare trust which promotes humane treatment of animals, has opened a clinic for pets and livestock in Mzuzu City.

The clinic which is situated in Kaning’ina and has a trained nurse and an animal health specialist, will be conducting surgeries and bone and tissue repairs.

Speaking Tuesday in an interview with the MalawiNews Agency (MANA), All Creatures Trust Country Director, Richard Ssuna said the clinic would be offering paying services and that where there is need, the services would be provided at a subsidized cost.

“The clinic will also be conducting outreach clinics to ensure that more pets have access to the services.

“Our goal is to ensure that animals in this part of the country get quality services because as much as they are animals, they too have emotions and deserve proper care,” said Ssuna.

He said the clinic would be operating from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from Mondays to Fridays and 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays

“We therefore appeal to owners of all types of livestock to be bringing their animals to the clinic whenever they notice something wrong with them,” he said.

Speaking recently, at an animal clinic which the trust held in the city, Mzuzu Agriculture Development Division Programs Manager, Wellington Phewa hailed the trust for its special interest in animal welfare and its role in championing rights for animals.

“Animal health issues cannot be dealt by the Ministry of Agriculture alone as these issues are so diverse. For example, we can talk of rabies, East Coast Fever and even Swine Fever and these are also public health issues,” said Phewa.

Phewa said the agriculture sector in the division, cannot on its own manage to handle all livestock related issues, hence calling upon community members to be taking their livestock to the clinic for diagnosis and treatment.

A livestock farmer in Lupaso area, McDonald Chisi, said the establishment of the clinic is a development worth applauding because it would ease challenges that most livestock farmers face.

“Most of the times we end up slaughtering our animals whenever they have diseases or are involved in accidents. It is good news to us because we have somewhere to take our animals to since we have a clinic nearby,” said Chisi.

The Trust which has a similar clinic in Lilongwe, also champions for proper treatment of animals by their respective adoptive homes and according to Ssuna, the organisation has the mandate to prosecute anyone found guilty of abusing animals.

The organisation condemns habits of causing unnecessary pain on animals such as castrating them without following proper procedures as the trend exposes the animals to torture.

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