What We Do
We pair with communities and organizations that have identified a need for improved animal health as a pathway to resolving issues connecting poverty, public health, food insecurity, and environmental conservation.
Ecovet global’s approach is unique and comprehensive. In every project we take on, we leverage opportunities to develop integrated solutions with our human health, eco-agriculture, and social science counterparts. Applying a One Health approach within the broader framework of Planetary Health, our team covers a range of issues in the global health and conservation sectors including 1) surveillance, prevention, and control of diseases that can be transferred between animals and humans, 2) improvement of animal health delivery by engaging stakeholders at all infrastructure levels and promoting development of community animal health care training programs, 3) disease prevention and enhancement of livestock production through sustainble practices in order to improve food security, reduce environmental impact, and elevate animal welfare, 4) strategy development for research outcomes linking social behavior and environmental change with diseases that threaten biodiversity, and 5) mitigation of human – wildlife conflict in situations where veterinary solutions can be effectively applied to resolve the problem.
Animal health and husbandry training
Zoonotic disease risk mitigation
Increasing access to animal health services
Balancing wildlife - livestock interactions
Wildlife health and conservation
Ecosystem impact assessments
Community outreach and education programs
How We Do It
Matching - We pair with communities and organizations that have identified a need for improved animal health and desire a more integrated solution to issues connecting poverty, public health, food insecurity, and environmental conservation.
Needs Assessment - Once matched with a community or organization, we conduct a participatory rural appraisal to determine what is working and what is not working in terms of current systems, practices, and traditions that directly or indirectly affect the animal - human - environmental relationship.
Stakeholder Engagement - With the help of our on-site collaborators and the participating community, we endeavor to develop a clear understanding of the stakeholder landscape and animal health infrastructure. Through interviews, meetings, and presentations, we balance the interests of relevant parties at the local, regional, and national levels to create integrative solutions through enduring, cross-cutting partnerships.
Research - We conduct epidemiologic research utilizing information gathered from community surveys as well as health and environmental data to identify the causal factors and distribution of the primary health-related problems of the area. Working with interdisciplinary experts and the local community, we determine the most pratical and comprehensive strategy to abate and prevent the identified health issues.
Health Delivery System - Operating within the regional health care framework, we work with stakeholders and the community to develop the most effective and sustainable method of delivery of the proposed health intervention by investing in local resources and harnessing community ingenuity.
Community Animal Health Workers - In rural communities where veterinary care is non-existant, we provide community members with training in preventive animal medicine, husbandry, and medication and vaccine administration. As animal health stewards, these ‘paraveterinarians’ are integral to the successful implementation and sustainability of the proposed health intervention within their communities.
Adaptive Management and scaling - We work with the target community or organization to develop an effective system of post-intervention monitoring to assess the outcome of the animal health intervention. With feedback from the community or organization, we adapt the program as needed and modify it accordingly if there is a desire to scale-up.