Bomet outreach- Herd Health and field day
Start Time: 
Sat, 2013-02-09 (All day)
End Time: 
Sat, 2013-02-09 (All day)
Location: 
Bomet, Mugango and Kapkwen locations

Introduction

Every year the Veterinary Students Association 5th year class in conjuction with the Deparment of Clinical Studies carry out a field visit/outreach in selected areas of the country. Areas visited include Narok 2012, Eldoret 2011 and Loitoktok to name a few. This year (2013) the final year students visited Bomet County for an outreach programme.

Such visits prepare the students for field practice by exposing them to practical cases and scenarios and gives a chance to put in practice the theory learned and breaks the monotony of classroom learning. During such visits various activities are carried out by students under supervision of the department’s staff members, this year the accompanying staff members were prof Agumba, Dr Wasike and Dr Kipyegon being the team leader.

Apart from benefiting the students the outreach also popularise the university in the visited community and is also a way of the university giving back to the community.

The field day/outreach

This year the field day took place on a Saturday 9th Feb 2013 in areas of Bomet County selected by the Deputy District Veterinary Officer and the area administration. The work started at 9am with students divided into groups under a clinician, within the group each student was allocated duties(Vaccination, Deworming, Recording, Diagnostic and treatment, Farmer consultation)

The attendance by farmers was commendable and the students were also up to task. Farmers indicated appreciation to the university for organising such an activity and expressed satisfaction for the quality of servicers they were offered

No of animals attended to

 

 Dewormed

Dewormed and Vaccinated

Dewormed and Treated

Total

Cattle

4100

956

126

5182

Shoats

97

-

14

111

Donkeys

18

-

3

21

Dogs

57

100

3

160

Total

4272

1056

143

5471

These animals were presented by farmers from two administrative locations (Mugango and Kapkwen) the animals benefited from the experience of the university’s clinicians.

Challenges and successes

The outreach was not without challenges, first was the inaccessibility of some areas, second was the language barrier and third was a huge turnout which quickly exhausted our medical supplies. However the huge turnout gave a good opportunity for the students to experience a myriad of clinical case common under small scale production system. It also opened their eyes to opportunities available for self employment.

Acknowledgement

Firstly the team thanks the students for behaving well and portraying good image of the university

Secondly we thank the department of clinical studies for organising the visit; we also thank the university and the college for facilitating the visit through provision of staff, their subsistence and transport to the area

 We also thank the collaborators (pharmaceutical companies for providing the drugs, Bomet district Veterinary Office (Dr Chepkwony) and the area administration (Mr. Rotich) for mobilising the community

The visit was a success.

 

Contact Person: 
Prof Agumba GJO, Dr. Wasike P, Dr. Kipyegon A.
Category: 
Students