Air Force Helps Out Animals

Today we would like to spotlight a program helping animals run by the US Air Force.

Normally when you hear that a humanitarian medical mission , you would assume that they are helping people, but this time, animals were included as well. Operation Pacific Angel 2008, medical mission by the US Air Force was sent to developing countries in the Pacific. The team included primary care physicians, optometrists, women’s health specialists, dentists, and veterinarians.

The vet’s mission was to spend a week travelling around Cambodia caring for and vaccinating the animals, which included  cattle, dogs, pigs and horses. The staff travelled to diferent location each day, and made contact with more than 1,000 animals of all types throughout five days of operations.

“We have seen mostly the local Brahman cattle and an Asian breed of domestic dog, but we also treated a pig for pneumonia and examined the local breed of Cambodian horse – which is full grown but the size of a pony,” said Lt. Col. Miller. “Everything is going well, and we have treated a lot of animals.  The biggest danger here is the chance of getting kicked by the cattle, so you always have to be aware of your surroundings.”

The breed of Asian Brahman cattle here is used mostly as a work animal, but is also raised for beef consumption. 

“We have been treating the cattle with a Cydecostin spray that will help kill parasites, internal and external,” said Captain Kathryn Belill, a U.S. Army Veterinarian from the Central Pacific Veterinary Command Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. “The livestock is healthy for the most part but a little underweight and anemic from the blood-sucking parasites they come in contact with.”

“Operation Pacific Angel is a joint/combined humanitarian assistance operation conducted in the Pacific area of responsibility in support of U.S. Pacific Command capacity-building efforts. Participating services include the Active, Reserve and National Guard components of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF).”

A cow gets inoculated by the Air Force



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