21 May, 2018

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Students being trained in animal dental health
Oral hygiene is often-overlooked but very important factor in animal's overall health. Last week Thursday, Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) under Vets United programme has trained Bunda College students studying for their veterinary medicine on domestic animal dental health and care.

LSPCA’s Vets United Programme from Welttierschutzgesellschaft (WTG)-Germany is a specially designed training curriculum targeting the need for practical learning platforms among budding veterinarians.

The training focused on equipping year three Vet students with basic skills on how to perform dental examinations, scaling and polishing, and also tooth extraction.

According to LSPCA veterinarian who is also Vets United Programme coordinator for Bunda College Dr Robyn McCann said “it’s very important that students gets hands on experience many times as possible before graduating, so that they become reliable and experienced Vets in future.”

Animals with toothache or sore gums, deals with untold pain and stress that we don’t even know about. When toothaches and sore gums are left untreated, bacteria can enter into the bloodstream and affect the animal’s heart, kidneys or liver.

Veterinarians report that an estimated 85 percent of animals over age four are suffering from some form of periodontal disease, a painful oral condition that can lead to tooth loss and infection. However there is good news; all of these problems are preventable with regular dental cleanings and professional check-ups.

Like regular grooming, dental care should be something your animal comes to expect regularly. But it won't happen overnight; most animals take some time getting used to someone poking around in their mouth. Ideally, it is recommended that dental care be introduced to animals when they are still young.

LSPCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) to deliver practical training to Bunda and NRC College students. Of lately, this has led to developing new pathways for veterinary and animal welfare training through open distance learning platforms to bridge the gap in providing care to farm animals and pets among others.

Contributed by: LSPCA Communication