Our Veterinary Succession Plan: Very big shoes to fill

 In Appeal
Most of our work would also stop without our Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Chris Foggin , whose unparalleled expertise has been guiding the Trust’s conservation work since our inception. With more than 50 years under his belt, his unavoidable retirement from the field in the next few years will be sad, but let me assure you – we have a good succession plan in place. We’ll need your help though. Because you care deeply about the future of Africa’s wildlife and you’ve always been here to help us fund our important work, we’re counting on your support to help fund a junior veterinarian in 2020 .

 

Chris is one of the most revered wildlife veterinarians in southern Africa and one of the few veterinarians in the country attending to rhino veterinary needs . He’s performed over 1400 field immobilizations of black and white rhino for microchipping, dehorning to deter poachers, health assessments and translocations for husbandry assessments, snare removal and treatments of other injuries. It’s important that his successor spends a few years working side-by-side with him, soaking up his incredible knowledge.

 

Dr. Foggin is also a leading expert in conservation veterinary medicine, pathology diagnostics, and zoonotic diseases. He’s developed protocols for geographical identification of elephant ivory and crime scene forensics to improve poaching conviction rates. Everything from warthogs to buffalo, bushbuck to elephant, and vultures to lions depend upon Chris – as do we.

 

Please consider giving generously this holiday season in honor of everything Dr. Foggin has done for wildlife, and to ensure that we can continue to help wildlife with expert medical care once he retires . He’s given so much to the magnificent animals that can’t speak for themselves. Now we need you to speak up for their future well-being. Won’t you help?

 

For Wild Africa,

 

Jessica Dawson

Executive Director

 

P.S You can read more here about our programs and conservation research.

 

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Foggin and VFWT staff treat a white-backed vulture for a wing injury.
Dr. Foggin immobilizes a buffalo bull (above) and a warthog (below) to remove life-threatening snares.