The Small Herds In Nigeria Exercise (SHINE) Goat Project aimed to train twenty-four animal health workers, technicians, missionaries, local herders and village heads at the Christian Faith Mission (CMF) computer training centre at Wurin Alheri, Jos South, Plateau State, Nigeria.
In attendance was a vet from the nearby National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, a team member who is a parasitologist (entomologist) at the institute and a team from Zoetis. They helped to answer questions raised during the workshop, translate technical terms into the local language (Hausa), and also helped in the hands-on practical workshop with on-site sheep.
As part of the on-going collaborative work between Zoetis and the University of Surrey, the SHINE project aims to:
- Promote peace and build trust between indigenous farming communities and their semi-nomadic ruminant-herding neighbours, introducing regional herd owners and herders to the work of Zoetis’ A.L.P.H.A veterinary initiative, to address issues of herd health impacting the livelihood of the herding community.
- Create a platform for further diagnostic, treatment, immunisation and parasite preventative or other vet related work by ALPHA Initiative in the region, while promoting use of Zoetis veterinary pharmaceutical products in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of livestock disease, improving herd health.
“We were with important people, above our social group, and yet they treated us as equals. We are not used to this” – The Fulani herders