Mara North Dog Health and Control Program

Project Leaders:

Rikke Langebæk, DVM, PhD (on behalf of Karen Blixen Camp Trust), Copenhagen University

Gabriel Turasha, BVM (VetAid Kenya)


Project Advisors:

Stephen DeVincent, DVM, MA (Karen Blixen Camp Trust)

Nick Short, BVSc, MSc (VetAid United Kingdom)

Jesper Stagegaard, PhD (Karen Blixen Camp/Karen Blixen Camp Trust)


This project is based on the research findings from the student project Free-ranging Dogs

Phase 1 will include the dog population within Mara North Conservancy (MNC), with an estimate of 2,000-3,000 dogs.

The project will include vaccinations against rabies and distemper*, de-worming of dogs, and treatment of mange.The encouragement and performing of spays and castrations of dogs are also principal aspects of the project. Relevant drugs and supplies will be purchased by Gabriel Turasha, BVM, VetAid Kenya.

Awareness will be created amongst village elders and pupils in schools (primary/secondary) through public talks about dog health and population control in local schools and villages. The program leaders will utilize long-term experience in rabies vaccine programsin the region to enhance the probability that dog owners will keep appointments for administering vaccinations and spay/castrations. Collaboration between VetAid and the schools in Mararienta is under development through the local veterinarian, James Leyian.

Spay/castration clinics

The spays and castrations will be carried out on owned dogs on a voluntary, informed basis as well as on stray dogs located in the town areas. The surgeries will take place in buildings based upon regulations that provide specifications by the Kenya veterinary board. Surgeries will be performed by selected private veterinarians and (when in residence) veterinary students from Kenya, Denmark, United Kingdom, and the United States under the supervision of veterinarians from the respective countries.

Before performing the surgeries, students will participate in a surgical workshop held at Karen Blixen Camp ( under arrangement with Karen Blixen Camp Trust (KBCT) (

Students from abroad enroll in the project through VetAid Kenya ( and the cost of enrollment in a session is 2,000£. The enrollment fee includes lodging, food and on-land transportation. The duration of each session for students will be 21 days, which will include the workshop, spay/castration clinic, and a vaccination program.

Students from abroad will be accommodated in Karen Blixen Camp. Special arrangements will be made for students from Kenya.