This years theme, announced by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the OIE is “The role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security, and safety.” In this context we would like to introduce our colleague Dr. Kebba Daffeh from The Gambia.
Since 2016 he is our local coordinator at the University and College of the Gambia, where he gives lectures and trainings on animal welfare. Together with his students, the dedicated veterinarian founded the „Animal Advocate Association“, whose aim is to promote animal welfare in their country. They regularly visit rural livestock keeping communities in The Gambia and give advice on topics like housing, handling and feeding of animals.
Dr. Kebba Daffeh, how did you become passionate about animal welfare?
„Having served as Director of the Department of Veterinary Services of The Gambia for more than 6 years, I can authoritatively note that animal welfare has been a relatively neglected area in the services provided by the Department over the years which were mainly focused on disease prevention and control. During my tenure as Director Department of Livestock Services of the Gambia, I collaborated very closely with two United Kingdom and Gambia registered charities that were working on issues related to welfare of animals in The Gambia. However, the turning point for me to develop passion for animal welfare came when I attended the first animal welfare training programme organized by WTG Vets United and Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust in April 2015. Since then I there is no turn back for me.“
Dr Kebba Daffeh is a veterinarian and local coordinator for VETS UNITED Gambia.