Ethiopia, U.S. Partner for Veterinarian Project

HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 24, 2012) - Ethiopian animal health assistant Abrahim Eliyas takes notes during the classroom portion of a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) Oct. 24, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 24, 2012) - Ethiopian animal health assistant Abrahim Eliyas takes notes during the classroom portion of a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) Oct. 24, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 24, 2012) - Dr. Solomon Biruk, Woreda veterinarian, teaches local animal health assistants during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 24, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 24, 2012) - Dr. Solomon Biruk, Woreda veterinarian, teaches local animal health assistants during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 24, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - A local Ethiopian boy ties down his bull after bringing it in for care during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - A local Ethiopian boy ties down his bull after bringing it in for care during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Solomon Biruk, Woreda veterinarian, and U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, examine a cow during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Solomon Biruk, Woreda veterinarian, and U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, examine a cow during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Ethiopian animal health assistants Ergete Wubishet, left, and Aliyi Ahmed examine a cow during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Ethiopian animal health assistants Ergete Wubishet, left, and Aliyi Ahmed examine a cow during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Getahun Muluneh, an Ethiopian veterinarian, and U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, discuss animal treatment during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Getahun Muluneh, an Ethiopian veterinarian, and U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, discuss animal treatment during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - A local Ethiopian boy leads his cattle in for care during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - A local Ethiopian boy leads his cattle in for care during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Getahun Muluneh, an Ethiopian veterinarian, and U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, examine a cow during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Getahun Muluneh, an Ethiopian veterinarian, and U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, examine a cow during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Getahun Muluneh, an Ethiopian veterinarian, U.S. Army Capt. Heather Stone, and Spc. Alicia Kelty, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team members, vaccinate a goat during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Getahun Muluneh, an Ethiopian veterinarian, U.S. Army Capt. Heather Stone, and Spc. Alicia Kelty, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team members, vaccinate a goat during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Ethiopian animal health assistant Mohammed Ali treats a goat during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Ethiopian animal health assistant Mohammed Ali treats a goat during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)
HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Getahun Muluneh, an Ethiopian veterinarian, U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, and local animal heath assistants examine a bull during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen) CJTF-HOA Photo HIRA, Ethiopia (Oct 27, 2012) - Dr. Getahun Muluneh, an Ethiopian veterinarian, U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, and local animal heath assistants examine a bull during a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) clinic Oct. 27, 2012, in Hirna, Ethiopia. VETCAPs strengthen the capabilities of community-based animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance economic stability and develop trust and confidence with partner nations. The 448 CA BN, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with the Ethiopian government to conduct the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Donald R. Allen)

Situated in the highlands overlooking Ethiopia's Rift Valley, the town of Hirna was the site of a Veterinary Civic Action Program Oct. 22-28, where district animal health workers received continuing veterinary education and local farmers' cattle, sheep, and goats were examined, treated, and vaccinated against disease.

The VETCAP was organized as a partnership between the Ethiopian Food, Medicine, and Health Authority, Oromia Province veterinary professionals, and the U.S. Army's 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa in order to assist locals in enhancing their livestock sustainability efforts.

According to Capt. Heather Stone, 448th CA BN FSP veterinarian and officer-in-charge, assisting in the continuing education of the local animal health workers is key to the success of the mission.

"Supporting the training of the animal health assistants and increasing their skill and knowledge will continue to advance the veterinary infrastructure in the country, and through them our efforts can be perpetuated into the future," she said.

During the week-long training, animal health assistants received classroom training covering topics from veterinary epidemiology, animal examination, specimen collection, and treatment of endemic diseases that affect the local populations of cattle, goat, sheep, and donkeys. These assistants will take their knowledge into the countryside where they will help protect and treat local herds.

The 448th CA BN also provided the district with veterinary supplies and medication to help enhance local efforts. In one day of live animal treatment, more than 600 animals were examined, treated, and vaccinated free of charge for local farmers. With this treatment, the chances for a sustainable and productive herd are greatly multiplied.

"The services provided during this week are of great importance to the locals," said Dr. Solomon Biruk, head veterinarian in the Oromia district. "The knowledge shared and bonds built between the Ethiopian people and the United States will have a long-lasting effect, and we look forward to further partnerships together."

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