The needs of animals are often thought to be of secondary importance to the needs of people in the aftermath of natural disasters or conflicts. However, the fate of people and animals is often intrinsically linked, and failing to appreciate the fundamental role that animals play in the lives of people in many countries can create further problems in situations where life is already difficult. The vital role of the veterinary surgeon following conflict or natural disaster was discussed at a seminar organised by the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) and the BVA Overseas Group, held at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray on April 14.
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