The US Embassy Dhaka has held a two-week long seminar with the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), Chattogram focusing on preventive medicine and trauma care for BGB working dogs and their handlers.
The seminar titled "Veterinary Subject Matter Expert Exchange" took place from January 26 to February 6.
The seminar brought together 29 dog handlers, 14 working dogs, and one veterinarian officer from nine BGB Chattogram outstations to share their knowledge and personal experiences in working with their canine partners.
Ensuring the health and proper care of the working dogs at outstations along Bangladesh's border is critical to supporting and developing the capacity of the BGB to secure Bangladesh's border, safeguard the Bangladeshi people, counter violent extremism, and prevent drug trafficking.
Participants reviewed veterinary care case studies and took part in a series of lectures focused on canine healthcare. Participants also exchanged best practices on preventive medicine and discussed the risk of communicable diseases and parasites in dogs pose to humans.
Every handler was also tested on his/her ability to treat common and trauma injuries, including how to properly apply tourniquets and bandages, treat for heat injuries, apply splints, and administer fluids to their working dogs.
Veterinary Subject Matter Expert Exchange seminar is one of the many initiatives of the US government to promote greater collaboration and mutual understanding between Bangladesh and the United States.
The United States is committed to its security relationship with Bangladesh, which helps ensure Bangladesh's security as well as a free and open Indo-Pacific region.