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Professional Roles
Taking the lead: veterinary intervention in disaster relief
  1. Tess Sprayson

    Tess Sprayson graduated from Liverpool in 2000. After 18 months in mixed and small practice, she joined The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, as a veterinary clinician, where she stayed for three years. She now runs her own business, Global Veterinary Solutions, working with her main interests of equine internal medicine, epidemiology and disaster relief medicine. Her time is spent on projects both in the UK and abroad. She is currently working with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) as veterinary technical adviser to its global disaster relief capability.


A SERIES of disaster relief appeals and campaigns over the past few years has thrown up questions about what sort of aid ‐ cash donations, practical help, outside investment and so on ‐ has the best long‐term effects on communities facing crisis. Here, Tess Sprayson discusses how, by educating aid agencies about the way animals and people depend on each other, veterinary relief efforts may promote not just the welfare of animals, but also that of human beings caught up in disasters.

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