Tuesday, July 24, 2012

If Wishes Were Horses...

 This was our last working day on this trip. 
Above, Dr.Gispert presents Dr.Traver with a Cuban baseball cap. 
This is in thanks for a horse motifed cap Michele gave him during her last visit.

Our first activity was an early morning deworming for the coach horses of Habana Vieja.

The garage is located in the shadow of the Talapiedra power plant.
Michele made quick friends ...

... while it took Dr.B a little time for his friend to open up.
The Cocheros arrive at the garage in their personal "vehicles".
They then hitch their horse to one of the "Tour Carriages"

In addition to the deparasitization, Dr.Travers consulted
on the concerns that some Cocheros had with their horse's health.
Much of it was hoof related.
Are there any farriers in the house?

Next stop...
Clínica Veterinaria ¨Jose Luis Callejas¨on Calle Carlos III
Our best laid plans for the afternoon came to an abrupt end due to
"No Hay Corriente"
Electrical line maintenance had blacked out the clinic for most of the day.
 Our plan was to sterilize the dogs from Quinta de los Molinos located across the street.
With the power out, much of the staff was released for the day.
The same for workers from Quinta that were to handle and care for the dogs
This clinic is the largest in Havana and possibly all of Cuba.
It is not only a challenge to maintain the structure ...but a greater concern is maintaining a supply of much needed medicines.  
To help with the struggle we had supplies to leave with
 Dr. Rafael Pino Ventosa the interim clinic director.

It is a large facility ...
 During the visit we discussed future collaborations with Dr.Pino.
If I wish really hard ...
... maybe a campaña at Carlos III could be a reality.

I would like to thank the great team we had on this trip.
But wait there's more.

A little back ground on this visit.
Have a look at our blog posting

In Cuba, it is common for Veterinary Consultorios to be located in the veterinarian's own home.
On this evening we visited Dr.Angel Mario in his home consultorio.
Dr.Angel Mario Rodriguez - Airport Frontier Vet and Rockin' Guitarist.

You gotta like it when the doctor makes them smile.

There was lot's for us to smile about on this trip!

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