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Australian students to help reduce stray animal population

July 6, 2017 5:53 pm

Eighteen final year science students from the Australian Charles Sturt University are currently in the country in an effort to help reduce the stray animal population.

University Faculty of Science Professor Gavin Ramsay, says the students are currently collaborating with relevant stakeholders to address this issue.

“So here we are working with the Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture, the Suva City Council and the SPCA so we are working with several organizations, We are able to do de-sexing operations on dogs which stop them having more puppies, the benefits of that obviously, you don’t end up with a large dog population, so if you can decrease the dog population, every animals owned it’s a good thing.”
Professor Ramsay says the students have so far done operations on more than sixty stray and pet dogs."_

Also part of the student delegation is a 25-year old Fijian, Leilani David, who is also the first international student to study Veterinary Science in the University.

“It feels so good to be back home and I finally get to practice what I’ve learned in Australia, im in my final year now and its really nice to come home.”

The team is planning to operate twenty more dogs tomorrow before they return to Australia.