The team of WTS
The Director of WTS has been committed to a sustainable development and the protection of our natural resources for many years, within international NGOs as well as directly on the ground. “Animal Welfare asks us urgent ethical questions. How can we develop a better understanding for our fellow beings and how can we improve our actions? There are a lot of good examples that we can learn from.”
Academic Education and CPD
Dr. Wendy Phillips
Senior Manager Program VETS UNITED
The passion for animals is a recurring theme in Dr. Phillips’ life: Started with a study of veterinary medicine, her first job as a veterinarian brought her to a center for injured and/ or confiscated wildlife. She continued as a veterinary conduit in free castration clinics, vaccinations and veterinary treatments for domestic animals and livestock in Africa and a little later for stray cats and dogs in Thailand. Today she heads our program VETS UNITED.
Junior Manager Program VETS UNITED
Since her studies of veterinary medicine, Carolin Breitenbach is fascinated by the connections between human, animal and environmental health. Her experiences as a veterinary practitioner in South America and Germany made her realize that a sustainable improvement of animal welfare can only be achieved by involving local communities. At WTG she supported the implementation of this approach, by coordinating stray animal projects. After joining the WTS, she now supports our program VETS UNITED which promotes education and training for veterinary professionals e.g. in Africa.
Advocacy Program Manager “Animal Welfare in Development Cooperation”
After conducting a research on job security in economically weak regions at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena for several years, Katharina Tölle finally followed her interest in animal welfare and found her way to WTG. There she was responsible for campaigns and put a spotlight on dairy cow keeping, promoting a dairy guidebook, field checks and a farmer’s list for consumers. After joining WTS the sociologist commits herself as a program manager to the important issue of animal welfare in development cooperation.
International Team VETS UNITED
Dr. Kebba Daffeh
VETS UNITED Representative West Africa, VETS UNITED Project Manger The Gambia
Kebba Daffeh is an experienced veterinarian who worked for many years at the Department of Livestock Services in The Gambia. He grew up in a family home with sheep, chicken, dogs and a cat and had therefore been an animal lover since early childhood. Since 2016 he works as the VETS UNITED Project Manager for The Gambia and in 2020 he additionally became the VETS UNITED Representative for West Africa. He particularly enjoys working with students in and outside the classroom providing care for animals and creating awareness in communities.
Dr. Solomon Onyango
VETS UNITED Representative East Africa, VETS UNITED Project Manager Kenya
Calvin Solomon Onyango graduated in veterinary medicine in 1990 and has worked in in the animal welfare field ever since. In 2019 he became the East Africa Representative for the VETS UNITED programme, and in 2020 he took over the position as Project Manager for the VETS UNITED project in Kenya. In addition to his work for VETS UNITED he is the OIE Animal Welfare Focal Point for Kenya, member of the World Veterinary Association Technical advisory group on Animal Welfare and member of the Animal Welfare Coordination Committee of the African Union-IBAR.
VETS UNITED Project Manager Uganda (CPD)
David Balondemu completed a diploma in animal husbandry and founded the Ugandan Animal Welfare Organisation BAM Animal Clinics. Since 2019 he is the Project Manager of the VETS UNITED Uganda CPD Project. As VETS UNITED Project Manager he coordinates animal welfare training workshops for veterinarians and paravets in several regions in Uganda. His passion for animals started at the age of seven when his mother gave him and his siblings each a goat to take care of.
VETS UNITED Project Manager Liberia
Morris Darbo from Tanzania grew up surrounded by animals. He completed a degree in education and has been working in the animal health and welfare field for more than 10 years. Since 2019 he is the VETS UNITED Project Manager for Liberia. As Project Manager he works towards integrating Animal welfare into the academic education of the future animal health professionals in Liberia.
Dr. Jean Claude Masengesho
VETS UNITED Project Manager Rwanda
Dr. Jean Claude Masengesho is a veterinary surgeon working at NEW VISON VETERINARY HOSPITAL, a partner of WTS in Rwanda. Since 2020 he coordinates the setup of the VETS UNITED CPD programme - the first ever CPD programme for animal health in his country. In addition to his jobs, Jean Claude is currently pursuing a master’s degree in project management. He especially enjoys teaching and exchanging experiences with his colleagues in the VETS UNITED community.
Dr. Madeline Nyamwanza
VETS UNITED Project Manager Malawi
Dr Madeline Nyamwanza from Zimbabwe is working as a veterinary surgeon at the LSPCA Clinic in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe. She has been conducting the VETS UNITED animal welfare trainings for animal health students in Malawi since 2017 and became the project manager in 2019. Seeing newly graduates leaving the training with profound practical skills and increased awareness for animal welfare is her biggest motivation.
Dr. Paul Ssuna
VETS UNITED Project Manager Uganda (Academic Education)
Dr Paul Ssuna works as a veterinarian at the Central Diagnostic Laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosecurity of Makerere University in Kampala. As VETS UNITED project manager, he coordinates animal welfare trainings for students in animal health subjects and works closely with decision makers to promote the integration into the curriculum. Paul Ssuna is dedicated to animal welfare and currently pursuing a master’s programme in Applied animal behaviour and animal welfare at Edinburgh University, Scotland.
Dr. Alfred Sihwa
VETS UNITED Project Manager Zimbabwe
Dr Alfred Sihwa is an experienced educator and environmentalist. To advocate for the topics he is most passionate about, he founded the Sibanye Animal Welfare and Conservancy Trust in 2017. Since 2020 he coordinates the VETS UNITED project in Zimbabwe with the aim to uplift the animal welfare situation in his country. Alfred is currently studying Animal and Environmental Sciences.