Ohio State alumni, U.S. Army Captain Heather Stone, 448th Civil Affairs battalion (448 CA BN) Functional Specialty Team veterinarian and Ohio State alumni spent a week in Hirna, Ethiopia, the site of a Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP).
Captain Heather Stone, who received both her DVM and MPH-VPH degrees from Ohio State, served as veterinarian and officer-in-charge for the October 22-28 VETCAP, which was a partnership between the 448 CA BN/Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the Ethiopian Food, Medicine, and Health Authority, and Oromia Province veterinary professionals.
During the week-long program, veterinarians, district animal health workers and animal health assistants were provided with classroom training, continuing veterinary education, and veterinary supplies/medication to then take home with them to treat and provide preventive care to local herds. Examinations, vaccinations and treatment were also provided as a means of further preventive care and education.
The goals of the Veterinary Civic Action Program were not only to provide knowledge, education and to offer care, but to also to encourage further collaborations and to strengthen the bond between the United States and the Ethiopian people.