Future veterinarians, to the aid of the Lesser kestrel!

Apr. 19, 2021
As has been said many times, here at the Rescue Center of Green Balkans, the volunteers from the Trakia University, students of veterinary medicine, gain knowledge in various fields of the profession!

So, for example, last week, 15 interns of our clinic, part of the project "Student Practices - Phase 2" of the Ministry of Education and Culture, financed by the Operational Program "Science and Education for Intelligent Growth", co-financed by the European Social Fund, visited the Sakar village of Levka. There, under the expert guidance of their mentors, the future veterinarians had the opportunity not only to attend but also to actively participate in the deworming of three types of farm animals – goats, sheep and horses.

During the manipulations, the young people also exercised their knowledge on determining the age of animals by dental formula, fixation during manipulations, measurement and general examination, and marking of animals.

The activities in Levka are part of our work on the "Life for Lesser Kestrel"  LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017 project, in which farm animals occupy their not-insignificant place by maintaining the pastures and meadows, feeding grounds for the falcons!

The work on farm animals is part of the Transhumance Sakar project, which is implemented by the Green Balkans, the Sakar Nature Park Association and local farmers, and is funded by Euronature. The basis of the project is a rotational alternation of winter and summer pastures, with the aim of providing sufficient food and at the same time gentle management of grass habitats. These areas are key hunting habitats for rare and protected species such as the Lesser kestrel, Imperial eagle and others.