After working and researching in charity veterinary practice in the UK, Andy began working for Mission Rabies in 2013, initially as a volunteer, vaccinating dogs in Kolkata.
His previous experience using smartphone technology in the epidemiological setting in Zanzibar, Tanzania, transferred to work on rabies and he was tasked to developing a tailor made smartphone app to overcome challenges faced during mass dog vaccination campaigns. The app has been used to record over 1.2 million dog vaccinations on projects around the world and has been demonstrated to improve the coordination of vaccination campaigns and double the vaccination coverage achieved. In addition to continued innovation in software, Andy?s work focuses on project evaluation and working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of field operations for rabies control and dog population management.
He is currently undertaking a PhD at The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh studying the methods and outcomes of mass dog vaccination and rabies surveillance.
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Improving animal welfare 'A generational veterinary opportunity for human rabies elimination'
A generational veterinary opportunity for human rabies eliminationRabies continues to have a profound impact on the lives of people living on the margins of society throughout the world, killing tens of thousands every year. Transmitted by dogs, control of the disease presents a classic example of One Health in action. The tools and know-how to eliminate rabies have been available for over 60 years, but application to regions facing the greatest need has stalled. With innovations in the use of mobile technology to coordinate large-scale dog vaccination efforts, our generation of veterinarians has the opportunity to make strides to reduce the global burden of rabies and advance the ambition for ultimate elimination of dog-transmitted human rabies. This presentation provides an overview of the work done by the international charity, Mission Rabies and its partners over the past 8 years in Latin America, Africa and South Asia.
last published: 30/Jul/21 06:05 GMT