What is Expedition Veterinary Medicine? A Groundbreaking Course for Remote Animal Care

19 June 2024

Expedition Veterinary Medicine is a pioneering new course that aims to revolutionise the way veterinary care is delivered in remote and challenging environments. Set to launch in September 2024, this innovative course is the product of a collaboration between Tom Roffe-Silvester, co-founder and managing director of the Veterinary Task Force and Exped Vet, and World Extreme Medicine.

So, what exactly is Expedition Veterinary Medicine?

In essence, it is a comprehensive training program designed to equip veterinary professionals, medical professionals, and those working with animals in austere settings with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to provide high-quality care in the most demanding of circumstances. As Tom puts it, “This is about giving people a skill set that gives them more confidence, and allows them to apply themselves to different situations.”

The course curriculum covers a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from common conditions encountered in remote environments to the challenges of providing veterinary care in hot and tropical climates. Participants will also learn about working with conservation and anti-poaching initiatives, managing catastrophic bleeding and fractures, and navigating the complex issue of euthanasia in extreme situations. Additionally, the course will delve into the crucial aspects of pre-expedition planning and legal considerations.

One of the key features of the Expedition Veterinary Medicine course is its hands-on, immersive approach to learning. Attendees can expect to participate in scenario-based workshops and breakout groups, allowing them to put their newfound skills into practice and develop the resilience and leadership qualities necessary to excel in high-pressure situations.

The course content has been heavily influenced by Tom Roffe-Silvester’s extensive experience working with operational working dogs in the military. His insights have helped shape a curriculum that focuses on empowering professionals to deliver exceptional care in even the most challenging of circumstances. “If people take something positive from it, even if it’s just a good vibe, and that’s brilliant, but if they learn loads, and then they are an asset to whatever organisation they’re working for, then that is that’s job done at the end of the day,” he emphasises.

Expedition Veterinary Medicine Course marks the beginning of an exciting journey for Exped Vet, which aims to foster a global network of professionals who can collaborate, share knowledge, and push the boundaries of what is possible in remote veterinary care. The organisation also has plans to expand its telemedicine capabilities and extend its support to a wider range of species in the future.

The Expedition Veterinary Medicine course is open to veterinary and medical professionals, as well as those working with animals in remote settings. Interested individuals can find more information and can sign up here.

As the need for specialised veterinary care in challenging environments continues to grow, the Expedition Veterinary Medicine course is set to become the gold standard for professionals seeking to make a real difference in animal welfare on a global scale.

→  Want to learn more? Check out the Expedition Veterinary Medicine Course in Bruton!

→ Learn more about the Veterinary Task Force.

→  Have questions? Book a discovery call with our team.

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