Short Term Support Overseas

Vetwork UK's overseas experience has been to provide technical support ranging from best-practice field implementation and impact assessment, through to policy reform for community-based animal health services and livestock interventions. We’ve also developed training materials, and supported development education initiatives in the UK and overseas.


Global, 2016 - Livestock Related Interventions During Emergencies - the 'How to do it guide'.

Over the last two decades there has been an increasing need for disaster response in developing countries. Inevitably it is the vulnerable members of the community who are most affected and who, in many cases, rely upon animals in one form or another to support their livelihoods. Livestock-related interventions are commonly included as part of emergency responses. To complement the LEGS Handbook, Vetwork UK was contracted by FAO to prepare the Livestock Related Interventions During Emergencies - the 'How to do it guide' which provides practical guidelines for each of the most common livestock interventions, linking to corresponding chapters in the LEGS manual.

The material for chapters on destocking, veterinary support, provision of livestock, monitoring, evaluation and assessing the impact of emergency response, was prepared by experts recruited by Vetwork UK, under contract to the FAO Animal Production and Health Division. Vetwork UK played a major role in editing the entire guide, which can be dowloaded at

Vetwork UK Veterinary support visit to Pets Welfare Association (PWA) , Lesotho. February 2015

With funding from the Jean Sainsbury Trust, Vetwork UK provided veterinary support to PWA, a Lesotho non-governmental organization dealing with animal welfare. The trip focused on the Quabane Valley district in southern Lesotho, an extremely remote area where the community is highly interdependent on animals for transport, food, income, rodent control and security. Despite the large number of animals there is no input into animal health and welfare from either the state or the private sector. The services offered were: routine neutering for dogs and cats; rabies vaccination for dogs and cats; vaccination for dogs against distemper etc; internal parasite treatment for dogs and cats; external parasite treatment for dogs and cats; castration of horses and donkeys; general animal health care and advice to owners and school children.

ETHIOPIA, 2007 - Training manual development

Development of a training manual on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza for the NGO FARM Africa in Ethiopia, targeting CAHWs, which aims to raise awareness about bird flu and provide CAHWs with the knowledge of what action to take if they suspect an outbreak of bird flu, as part of the Ethiopian National Strategic Preparedness and Response plan for bird flu (2006-2008). 

SOUTH SUDAN, 2005 - Training in participatory epidemiology

Training and mentoring in participatory epidemiology for vets and livestock workers in VSF Suisse, VSF Belgium, and FAO, and research design for Foot and Mouth Disease.

ETHIOPIA, 2005 - Training in impact assessment

Training in participatory impact assessment for FARM Africa and SOS Sahel; and the government of Ethiopia.

ETHIOPIA, 2004 - Ethnoveterinary Research

Vetwork provided support to ethnoveterinary research and development in northern Ethiopia with Save the Children UK. The work designed methods for livestock owners and traditional healers to undertake their own research to validate plant and other traditional remedies for livestock diseases, with the support of the regional government veterinary department.  Ways for providing support and recognition for traditional livestock healers were also identified.

GLOBAL, 1999 - Community-based Animal Health: A How-to-do-it Guide.

In partnership with the Participatory Community-based Animal Health and Vaccination (PARC-VAC) Project, Organisation of African Unity / Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources, and Intermediate Technology Publications (now called Practical Action), Vetwork UK produced a book called ‘Community-based Animal Health: A How-To-Do-It Guide’. It was written by a team of veterinarians and livestock professionals with field experience of community-based projects in Africa and Asia.

ETHIOPIA, 1998  - Veterinary Curriculum Development

Vetwork worked with the Addis Ababa University Veterinary School and the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia to investigate options for modifying the veterinary undergraduate curriculum in the face of structural reform of veterinary services. This work included a survey of opinions of public and private sector veterinarians, and was conducted in association with RDP Livestock Services BV..

ETHIOPIA, 1996 - Support to Restocking in the Somali Region of Ethiopia

Vetwork designed a restocking project with Save the Children UK, based on support to traditional restocking methods among Somali agropastoralists.

SOUTH SUDAN, 1996 - Support to the UNICEF-Operation Lifeline Sudan Livestock Programme

Vetwork conducted an ethnoveterinary survey with the Dinka and Nuer in South Sudan on behalf of the UNICEF-Operation Lifeline Sudan Livestock Programme. This work included the production of an ethnoveterinary resource manual for South Sudan. Vetwork also provided introductory training on Community Based Animal Health Systems, including a workshop and follow up training for government, UNICEF and NGO vets and other staff in Sudan.


Brooke (Action for Working Horses and Donkeys), UK, 2016 - The Link between Equine Welfare and Livelihoods

Vetwork UK undertook a review for Brooke to help the organisation deepen its understanding of the links between equine welfare and livelihoods, and propose a research approach to further its knowledge and resources.

Horn of Africa 2013 - Evaluation of USAID/OFDA funded community-based animal health delivery systems

This was a follow up to the Greater Horn of Africa Assessment of Community-based Animal Health Care undertaken in 1998 for USAID. The 2016 evaluation report can be downloaded at:

SOUTH SUDAN, 2006 - Evaluation of VSF Germany Livelihoods Programme, Shilluk Kingdom

Vetwork evaluated a project in the Shilluk Kingdom of South Sudan which aimed to improve rural livelihoods through support to poultry rearing, honey and lalop seed oil production, and capacity building of community based organisations.

ETHIOPIA, 2005 - Design a Pastoralist Livelihoods Initiative for USAID, Ethiopia.

Subsequent funding for this initiative brought together  international and local NGOs along with  university bodies working with various local government and private sector partners. The programme used a twin track approach to cover both development and relief interventions in drought prone areas of Ethiopia and was ultimately expanded to neighbouring countries and a second phase.

KENYA, 2005 - Impact Assessment of Farmer Field Schools

Designed and led an assessment of ILRI’s ‘Livestock Farmer Field School Project’ in smallholder dairy areas of Kenya, focusing on the impact of the project on farmer skills and knowledge, and the coverage and cost-benefit of the FFS approach as applied by ILRI.

SOUTH SUDAN, 2003 - Community Participatory Evaluation in Gogrial County

Vetwork UK facilitated the community evaluation of the VSF Germany community-based animal health programme in Gogrial Country. This work including training local staff in participatory evaluation approaches and methods, and supervising the evaluation in the field.

GREATER HORN OF AFRICA, 1999 - Pastoral Livelihoods Appraisal Mission    

Vetwork led a multidisciplinary consultancy team to design a regional-level pastoral livelihoods programme for the DFID Rural Livelihoods Department. Programme objectives focussed on scaling-up community-based animal health systems, institutional and policy reform, trans-boundary epizootic disease control and using animal health as an entry for broader development initiatives in pastoral areas. This assessment included project design for the Community-based Animal Health and Participatory Epidemiology (CAPE) Unit in OAU/IBAR.

SOUTH SUDAN, 1999 - Participatory Impact Assessment

Vetwork facilitated work with veterinarians and livestock staff from VSF Belgium and VSF Switzerland to design and test participatory monitoring and impact assessment systems for community-based animal health projects, as part of the UNICEF-Operation Lifeline Sudan (Southern Sector) Livestock Programme, South Sudan.

GREATER HORN OF AFRICA, 1998 - Assessment of Community-based Animal Health Care for USAID

Vetwork was part of a multidisciplinary assessment of USAID's support to community-based animal health in the Greater Horn of Africa via the Pan African Rinderpest Campaign, UNICEF and NGOs. The assessment included work in northern Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan and focussed on the effectiveness and sustainability of community-based approaches.

KENYA, 1998 - Support to Veterinaires sans Frontieres-Belgium, Turkana District

Vetwork assisted Veterinaires sans Frontieres-Belgium to prepare the Turkana Livestock Development Project, an integrated project linking animal health, water and local institution building.

ERITREA, 1997 - Impact Assessment of Restocking

Vetwork UK, with Christian Aid and Oxfam GB, undertook an assessment of a pilot livestock restocking project in Eritrea (PROFERI) for refugees returning from Sudan.

SOUTH SUDAN. 1997  - Evaluation of Vétérinaire sans Frontieres – Belgium’s livestock programme in South Sudan.

ETHIOPIA, 1997 - Evaluation of Save the Children UK Livestock Projects

Led a multidisciplinary evaluation of Save the Children UK’s veterinary and restocking projects in Wag Hamra and North Wollo, northern Ethiopia.

UGANDA, 1997 - Review of Oxfam UK Community-based Animal Health Programme, Karamoja

Vetwork reviewed the Oxfam UK/Ireland animal health work in Karamoja, Uganda on behalf of the ODA (now DFID) Renewable Natural Resources Sector. A consultancy report describing the review is available from Vetwork. We also prepared proposals for a continuation of Oxfam's animal health and gender projects in Karamoja, with funding from DFID.

AFGHANISTAN, 1997 - Reviews and Monitoring with Dutch Committee for Afghanistan

Vetwork reviewed the training component of the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan's Veterinary Programme. This work included an assessment of CAHW and veterinary auxiliary training curricula in consultation with government authorities and other agencies. We also worked with DCA in December 1998 to develop a participatory monitoring methodology for their veterinary programme. 


Touring photographic exhibition, 1997 - Agropastoralists in South Sudan

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Vetwork produced a touring photographic exhibition on the Life of Dinka and Nuer Agropastoralists in South Sudan. The exhibition formed part of the Scotland Africa 97 programme and was supported by Christian Aid, Save the Children (UK) and UNICEF. The exhibition was shown in Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, Isle of Lewis and the Museum of Education, Glasgow. In collaboration with SC-UK, ‘development education’ slide packs were developed and distributed throughout the UK.

Touring photographic exhibition , 1999 - Somali Pastoralists

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Our second photographic exhibition The Camel Carers describing life and community-based veterinary care in Somali areas of Africa. This exhibition was funded by Save the Children UK  and was shown in venues in Scotland, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and the International Institute for Environment and Development, both in Edinburgh.

Both of these exhibitions were also shown in Wajir, Northern Kenya.


HORN OF AFRICA, 2005 - Policy Support to the African Union

Vetwork UK provided technical support to the African Union/Interafrican Bureau of Animal Resources’ ‘Institutional and Policy Support Team’ (IPST) for three months in early 2005. IPST’s focus was on developing and enhancing pro-poor livestock policy for Africa.

SOMALI AREAS, 1999 - Review of Community-based Animal Health Systems

We conducted a policy review of experiences in community-based animal health services in Somalia, eastern Ethiopia and northeast Kenya, on behalf of the Organization of African Unity/Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources.

GLOBAL, 1997 - Policy Research on Non Governmental Organisations

We researched and produced a discussion paper on the roles and impact of non governmental organisations in veterinary services for the Department for International Development, UK.

ETHIOPIA, 1996-1998 - Policy Support to Primary Veterinary Service Delivery

We provided technical support to Save the Children Fund UK's community animal health and restocking work in south-east and northern Ethiopia and up to March 1998, also supported SCF UK's Veterinary Services Support Project in south-east Ethiopia. This project worked with regional government to understand options for economic and structural reform of veterinary services, define regional policy and offer assistance to private practitioners.


Community level animal health and welfare services