ANIMALS Fiji marked its first year of operations with a free animal clinic in villages in the Nadi area and at Taqele Village on the Coral Coast this week.
A team of three veterinary professionals from the New Zealand's South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW) organisation are conducting free animal vaccinations, consultations and welfare treatments.
"These clinics mark the first time that SPAW has affiliated itself with a Fiji-based animal welfare organisation to provide services, although other Pacific Island countries have benefited from their assistance in the past," Animals Fiji trustee Amanda Sofield said.
"This partnership is also the first time Animals Fiji have joined in with an international animal welfare organisation to provide free domestic animal welfare services in rural areas and we hope that this series of clinics will pave the way for Fiji to be an ongoing recipient of SPAW's services and donations."
Animals Fiji is also piloting a partnership with USA-based Vet Ventures who will be in Fiji in October to conduct free desexing and neutering clinics in rural areas.