Greyhound Health and Wellness Program blurs language barriers

Columbus, OH -- Each year Dr. Guillermo Couto and a team of veterinary students from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine travel to the Scooby Animal Shelter, in Medina del Campo, Spain. And while they give aid to injured animals and Greyhounds - "Galgos" in Spain - they also forge relationships with Spanish veterinarians and students who speak limited English.

To further bridge the language gap, staff from the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program and the University of Zaragoza (Spain) translated the program's web site into Spanish. "International outreach is something we're definitely interested in and we had the resources available," said Dr. Couto, section head - oncology, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Argentina native. "As part of our outreach program, we have a Spanish-centered service and we don't have to limit it to just English-speaking veterinarians and clients."

Dr. Couto said the new web site allows potential clients within the growing Spanish-speaking population of Columbus to learn more about the program in their own language.

Dr. Couto plans to continue the trend of having all new content on the web site translated into Spanish as well as offering new Online Continuing Education services in the future in both Spanish and English. This is not the first time, however, that the program has used languages other than English to reach more clients and veterinarians. A survey being conducted next week by Dr. Couto and researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine on Galgos will be administered in English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian and German because large greyhound populations exist in each of the respective countries with those national languages.

"I'd like to personally thank Pablo Gómez Ochoa, Pachi Clemente Vicario, Ana Pérez Castro, Saúl Prieto Rodríguez, Ivan Sosa Samper, and Liliana Marin for their outstanding work on translating the web site, as well as Ken Matthias for making the site available," said Dr. Couto.

More information is available on the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program web site.

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Written by Eric House, house [dot] 93 [at] osu [dot] edu
Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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