As always, we are grateful to our generous friends who offer their expertise and donate equipment to help the Gorilla Doctors expand their knowledge and toolbox. Last month, Bärbel Köhler, the Business Development Manager for Abaxis, a supplier of veterinary diagnostic equipment, visited our offices in Musanze, Rwanda, to deliver $30,000 worth of donations to the Gorilla Doctors.


Bärbel demonstrates how to use the VetScan VS2 Blood Chemistry Analyzer.Abaxis donated a VetScan VS2 Blood Chemistry Analyzer and a VetScan i-STAT 1-equipment that will allow our veterinarians to quickly analyze blood samples for different diseases and irregularities, enabling them to diagnosis and treat certain health problems faster. In addition, Bärbel brought drugs, syringes, catheters, surgical equipment, and other supplies given by her friends and colleagues in Germany.


“I visited MGVP in Rwanda last year and realized that my company’s products were perfect for the MGVP veterinarians,” says Bärbel. “The veterinarians work under very hard conditions but they do a fantastic job.”


You can follow the Gorilla Doctors health monitoring efforts on our Facebook page, where we post photos and notes from our monthly visits.

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