VERU provides veterinary students with the essential knowledge, and know how, to be able to respond quickly to protect animals, effectively and safely, when disasters happen.
In 2010, World Animal Protection – Africa in collaboration with the University of Nairobi, formed a Veterinary Emergency Response Unit by theoretically and practically training 11 lecturers and 200 veterinary students on internationally recognized emergency response skills .
50% of this number includes students from other countries seconded by their governments. During disasters, they are deployed to help communities rescue their animals.
For sustainability, World Animal Protection and The University of Nairobi, have developed a fully-fledged degree programme on Disaster Management and Animal Welfare. This has been approved by the University senate and is expected to be a complete faculty in 5 years’ time.
This will ensure that in the long-term communities across the continent, through the help of these students will learn on disaster planning to minimize adverse effects of calamities.