Author Kimberley Touker looked up Mdzananda Animal Clinic on the internet, wrote to the staff, and began volunteering shortly after.This blog is written by Kimberley Touker, a 24-year-old vet student from the Netherlands who studied veterinary medicine in Belgium and graduated this past July. –LCH

In 2012 I visited South Africa for the first time with the University of Antwerp to learn about wildlife. Being in South Africa was such a special experience. I loved every moment and I decided that I had to go back one day. When I finished veterinary school, I started looking on the Internet and found Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

After reading about the good work they do, I knew I had to volunteer with them. I emailed asking if I could volunteer and was welcomed to the clinic.

I started working as a volunteer on 13 October 2015 (having committed for six months, I will go back home on 10 March 2016). I have already learned so much! The veterinarians are very helpful and eager to teach and share with me all their knowledge. It is a great place to gain experience and learn how much can be done with very little.

The author performing a procedure on one of the clinic’s patients.

The animals of Khayelitsha and their owners have crept deep into my heart, especially two little kittens. A lady from the community saw a man throw two kittens into a field. She waited for him to go away after which she went to look for them. She found them and they were just a few weeks old. She brought them to Mdzananda to look after them. I fell in love with the kittens and immediately started bottle feeding them. Within a few days they were going home with me. They now go home with me every day and my host family has promised to adopt them once I go back to the Netherlands.

The author bottle feeding an abandoned kitten brought to Mdzananda

Thank you to Mdzananda for everything I have experienced and learnt so far and for everything you do for the animals and people of Khayelitsha.

–KT

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