Robert Hellebek & James Forbes

By Vet James Forbes

We have received these photos and informations from the Australian vet James Forbes, who has helped at the clinic in Upper Dharamsala.

James, Australian vet filing a 25 plus year old mare’s teeth in a rice field close to the western nunnery at Norbalinka,south/east of Dharamsala,with one of the nuns helping.Luckily the mare was quiet as she was not tranquilised & just had a rapidly made rope headcollar on.

This is Robert, Danish vet & James doing a bone pinning on a street dog, with a week old mid-femur fracture,in the clinic. Again using very basic instrumentation, no X-rays, vicryl as stainless wire,a bent 18gauge i/v needle to thread it around the bone to help stabilise it & the only available Steinman pin we could find at the local hospital. After strict confinement the dog was walking comfortably two weeks later. It also had a proximal fracture of its opposite tibia, which was cast.

Trine,a Danish student helping James castrate the above mare’s 6 month old foal at the western nunnery with the owner supporting the front legs. Intravenous anaesthetic was used, with the foal up & eating within 10mins.We only had basic instruments but with artery forceps, transfixing sutures, a scalpel blade & a pair of scissors all went well.