Dr. Dauson Katuritsa
Animal Welfare Educator Tanzania
Dr. Dauson Katuritsa grew up in poverty – his school fees were paid by the sale of the families’ cows. This touched his heart and he knew that he wanted to help animals when older. He now works as a vet and since 2017, handles the training and supervision of the practical sessions in colleges for VETS UNITED in Tanzania.
Size: 947.300 km2
Habitants: About 50 Millionen
Communication language: Englisch
Poverty ranking 151 from 188 (2015)
About 30.5 million cattle, 18.8 million goats, 5.3 million sheep 1.5 million donkeys
About 250 practicing Vets and 1690 Paravets
WTG: How would you describe the animal welfare situation in the country?
DK: It is still a new field that needs improvement and support. We have a good animal welfare act that recognizes an animal as a sentient being.
WTG: What do you enjoy most about your work as and where do you see the biggest challenges in your work as VETS UNITED Project Manager?
DK: I enjoy seeing students in colleges being curious and attentive to what we teach and also appreciating the practice sessions, which is something that hasn’t really been done before. I do see a challenge in figuring out how to manage large groups of students in tertially colleges, especially during these practicals. During the MOU setup, we planned for 50 students – now we have 200.
WTG: How has the quality of the education and animal welfare in general changed so far through the VETS UNITED education program? What are your hopes for the future?
DK: The future for animal welfare is so bright because there is a big change in the quality of education due to the practice sessions added to the animal welfare program. Animal health and welfare in the country will improve drastically because college students themselves will have gone all over the country working with, thus helping, the animals. I do think we need to cover all the colleges offering some type of animal health degrees countrywide, therefore it would be great to expand the program in the future.