February 01, 2004


 Send unused journals, textbooks, supplies on a trip abroad

These resources priceless to foreign veterinarians, students

 Posted Jan. 15, 2004

If the shelves and cabinets, back rooms, and offices at your veterinary clinic are crammed with unused textbooks, journals, instruments, and supplies, consider donating them to veterinarians and students who need them in foreign countries.

The groups and individuals listed here collect for the countries specified. These donations may be tax-deductible if given to a qualified nonprofit organization, using IRS form 8283, "Noncash Charitable Contributions." Or consult a tax expert.

The Afghanistan Veterinary School Project is beginning to gain momentum. The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine is the lead entity coordinating the sending of supplies and materiel to the Kabul School of Veterinary Medicine. Small, low-tech items can be sent to Dr. Robert K. Ridley, Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Coles Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Packages should be labeled "Afghanistan Veterinary School Project." Before sending, contact Dr. Ridley at ridley@vet.ksu.edu, or leave a message at (785) 532-4615. A project site should be online soon; log on to www.vet.ksu.edu and follow the veterinary links.

A contact for Veterinary Books for Africa is Erica van der Westhuizen, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort, 0110, South Africa; phone, 27-012-5298007; Ericavdw@op.up.ac.za.

Medical Books for China International accepts veterinary and other medical textbooks, and journals, published from 1990 to the present. Working through the Chinese Ministry of Health, the organization serves over a thousand libraries in China. Contact Mary Zoe Phillips, 13021 E. Florence Ave., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-4505; phone, (800) 554-2245 or (562) 946-8774; mbci@aagl.com.

Bridge to Asia collects large animal textbooks, sets of journals that span at least 10 consecutive years (starting no earlier than 1991), monographs, and conference proceedings for veterinary students, veterinarians, and people at agricultural schools in China. Visit www.bridge.org. Contact Bridge to Asia, Foreign Trade Services, Pier 23, San Francisco, CA 94111; phone, (415) 678-2990.

Dr. Darr Wilson, Webster, Texas, takes a cargo container of donated items when he and other veterinarians travel to Honduras to vaccinate and deworm animals in a remote area. Rabies control is the primary thrust. A church group back home supports their work. They would welcome Spanish textbooks, Spanish public health information, and old horse halters and rope for leads to make halters, since horsehair leads are abrasive. Contact Dr. Wilson at (281) 332-3418, darrwilson@prodigy.net.

Dr. Srinivasan Ramanathan and other Indian veterinarians practicing in America established a veterinary college at Jaipur, in northern India near New Delhi, last September, and travel there to help. They welcome donations of items they can bring for the students to study large and small animal medicine, including textbooks (but not journals), clinical data, proceedings, husbandry materials, and data stored on computer disks. Contact Dr. Ramanathan before sending anything, at (425) 867-3032, or animaldr@hotmail.com. His address is 8125 Willows Road N.E., Apt. A12, Redmond, WA 98052.

Neglect and looting have left the University of Baghdad College of Veterinary Medicine in Iraq in desperate need of books, instruments, and supplies. Contact Col. John Huntley, 414th CA BN (FWD), APO 09335, or john.huntley@1ADTACM.1ad.ARMY.MIL. APO shipments are equivalent in cost to U.S. shipments.

Dr. Kenneth Haas coordinates donations of textbooks, journals, and surgical instruments for International Veterinary Educational Assistance, for Latvia. Contact him at 2722 Carlyle Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008; phone, (267) 344-3249.

To donate textbooks for distribution to veterinary students in Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, another contact is Dr. Donald K. Allen, 4501 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512; donkenall@peoplepc.com. He sends the books with people traveling there. Especially needed are basic medical, surgical, and dermatology texts, and anything illustrative, such as ophthalmology texts and color atlases to supplement limited training in canine and feline medicine.

Dr. I.H. Kathio accepts donations of textbooks and journals as well as items such as surgical instruments and suture materials to take to Pakistan. He has also traveled to other countries, including Mexico and Israel, at their request to do volunteer work. Contact Dr. Kathio at Pittston Animal Hospital, 4 O'Connell St., Pittston, PA 18640; phone, (570) 655-2412; www.kathio.com.

Dr. Susan McMillan is involved in sending supplies to the Community-Led Animal Welfare organization in Johannesburg, South Africa. A special project of The Seed Fund (www.seedfund.org), CLAW helps the pet population in settlements outside Johannesburg. Some pets are abandoned; others are owned by people with AIDS. CLAW volunteers deworm, vaccinate, and spay and neuter. They ship light goods such as dewormer and flea-and-tick products, sutures, and medication; currently, they also need two rabies poles. Contact Dr. Susan McMillan, The Seed Fund, P.O. Box 282, Charlotte, VT 05445; sumac61@msn.com.