VET BOOKS FOR AFRICA
“Vet students on a mission to uplift veterinary education in Africa!”
Eight veterinary students with one mission, to make veterinary science more accessible to veterinary schools and facilities in the far-reaching rural communities of Africa. The project sends veterinary students into Africa every two years since its first successful trip in 1993. They named the project ‘Vetbooks for Africa’.
Their goal is to distribute veterinary textbooks, journals and essential equipment, as well as to share their knowledge through volunteering and educating, as they take a 12 000 kilometres, six-week journey through Africa in 2020. The countries which they plan to visit include Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, and Uganda.
The next Vetbooks for Africa mission into Africa is scheduled for 2020, with eight selected veterinarian students who are responsible for organizing every aspect of the trip, from sponsorships to route planning.
Introducing the 2019/2020 Committee:
Gerhard Gregory – Chairperson and Universities / An-Marie van Deventer – Vice Chairperson and Books and Equipment
Xander van Eeden – Routes and Itinerary / Zandre Pretorius – Routes and Itinerary
Elizabeth Burchmore – Fundraising and Social Media/ Juane Meyer – Charities and Website
Lize-Mari Marais – Treasurer and Secretary / Pieter Bezuidenhout – Sponsorships and Media
The students, who are all currently studying at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, all hold a strong belief that they can make a difference to the conservation of wildlife by empowering their fellow vet students in Africa, that do not have the resources or opportunities that they are fortunate to have.