Dr. Diego Barrera
May 2021 Update from the Galapagos Islands - Veterinary Training for ABG by Dr. Diego Barrera.
From the 5th to 9th April 2021, Animal Balance provided spay/neuter surgeries to the most urgent cases of dogs and cats, who have been on the waiting list for more than a year. Dr. Diego Barrera was in charge of the surgeries, but his mission was also to train local vets, working for ABG, on HQHVSN (high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter) practices in order to strengthen the capacity of the agency for humane dog and cat population control and continue attending the community.
ABG is the department of the Government that protects the biodiversity and biosecurity of the Galapagos Islands. Animal Balance's Director, Emma Clifford, is the International Advisor to ABG. For 18 years Animal Balance has been providing resources to the communities of the islands so they may take responsibility for their pets.
In 2005, Dr. Diego Barrera, of Ambato, Ecuador, was trained by the Animal Balance vets, in particular Dr. Lew Seidenberg. Dr. Diego and Dr. Lew formed a friendship through Dr. Lew's mentoring of Dr. Diego. After Dr. Diego's visa was finished for the islands, he went back to Ambato and created his own spay/neuter clinic. Dr. Diego has been instrumental in creating positive changes in animal welfare within Ecuador.
Jessica Gonzalez and Dr. Diego worked with the small ABG team of vets on San Cristobal Island. They performed 99 spays and neuters in 4 days and conducted intensive training.
They left supplies left in the island, so the trained Vets can perform surgeries within the next weeks and also provide basic veterinary care to some animals. There is an open line of communication between local vets and Dr. Barrera as the goal is to increase the confidence of vets.
Dr. Diego is now mentoring the vets from ABG, just as he was mentored back in 2005.
As we move forward, we will include an annual veterinary training program for ABG's vet and any other Ecuadorian vets who are interested in learning the fast spay/neuter techniques and gas anesthesia.
January 2021 Update
The situation in the Galapagos has become difficult for the community, with mobility restrictions due to the increase of infected Covid-19, the influx of external visitors to the Islands is minimal compared to previous years, seriously compromising the economic stability of the inhabitants. Likewise, dogs and cats of the families are affected due to the difficulty of carrying out sterilization campaigns and providing medical care.
To the extent possible,since December 2020, ABG is resuming sterilization activities attending the long waiting list in Santa Cruz. For this month of April 2021 we have planned a training campaign for Vets working at ABG led by Dr. Diego Barrera, AB’s alumni and a national animal welfare benchmark. Dr. Diego will spend 4 days at ABG San Cristobal working with their team of Vets and technicians . The trained Vets will have enough supplies to continue performing spay/neuter surgeries for the rest of the month
Our main goal is to ensure sustainability in the management of dogs and cats population using effective and humane methods. Having local vets trained on the right techniques will help to offer a continuous service to the community.
La situación en las Galápagos se ha vuelto difícil para la comunidad, con las restricciones de movilidad debido al incremento de contagiados de Covid-19, la afluencia de visitantes externos a las Islas es mínima en comparación a años anteriores, comprometiendo seriamente la estabilidad económica de los habitantes. De igual manera los perros y gatos de las familias se ven afectados debido a la dificultad de realizar campañas de esterilización y ofrecer atención médica.
En la medida de lo posible la ABG, desde diciembre de 2020, está retomando las actividades de esterilización atendiendo la larga lista de espera en Santa Cruz. Para este mes de abril 2021 hemos planificado una campaña de capacitación para veteranos que trabajan en ABG liderada por el Dr. Diego Barrera, de ABG y un referente a nivel nacional del bienestar animal. El Dr. Diego pasará 4 días en ABG San Cristóbal trabajando con su equipo de veterinarios y técnicos . Los veteranos entrenados tendrán suficientes suministros para seguir realizando s/ n cirugías para el resto del mes.
Nuestro principal objetivo es garantizar la sostenibilidad en el manejo de la población de perros y gatos utilizando métodos efectivos y humanos. Tener veterinarios locales capacitados en las técnicas adecuadas ayudará a ofrecer un servicio continuo a la comunidad.
Training ABG Vets
Galapagos Sealions on San Cristobal beach
One of our beautiful patients