The volunteers reached the site at 9:00am and went to work setting up the medicine enclosure and started medical treatment for the animals. Due to the large numbers, the animals could not be brought to the camp site. The volunteers were divided into batches of four each, and, accompanied by medical inspectors, went to nearby villages with de-worming suspension to de-worm flocks of sheep and goats. The remaining volunteers stayed at the camp site to assist the doctors and helped in dispersing medicines and supplements as per the doctors’ instructions.
At the camp site, there are three sections. The first and busiest section is the gynaecological section; the second section is for general treatment; and the third for administering anti-rabies vaccinations to dogs.
If a cow does not conceive, it becomes a liability to the owner; they do not have the resources to get a proper diagnosis or afford a treatment plan. Usually the owners monitor the animals for a few months and eventually sell the cow to either another farmer who can afford to get it treated or to a butcher, usually resulting in loss of future profit streams.
At this particular camp, 74 cows were examined and treated for gynaecological problems. Malnutrition is the main cause of such problems, hence vitamin injections and required medication for each individual case were administered and good quantity of mineral supplements was distributed along with instructions to the owners.
All the cattle were de-wormed, and smaller animals were vaccinated against rabies.
Post-lunch, the volunteers visited a shed about 14 kilometres from the camp site, which has over 300 cattle. Some were rescued from illegal transportation to the slaughterhouses outside the state and some were abandoned. More mineral supplements to treat stomach disorders and other illnesses were given at the shed to treat these animals.
Many of the volunteers experienced working with large farm animals for the first time and one volunteer commented it was a refreshing change from the daily work in the office, with the added bonus of being able to give back to society. In total, more than 1,000 animals were treated.