From mixed and small animal veterinary practice over many years, a Masters on Environmental Management did not bring the aspired change in career direction for veterinarian, Jan Allen. Two years as an Australian Volunteer International did! As practice manager/veterinarian for the Animal Protection Society Samoa (APS) for 2 years, Jan provided and coordinated veterinary services for the small animal population of both main islands of Western Samoa. With its human population of 75,000, the challenges were both on an individual case basis and on a nation-wide dog population management basis– because the dog over-population was affecting the second biggest industry in Samoa - tourism.
In the past 11 years, Jan’s experiences have extended to remote Indigenous communities in Australia as Program Manager with the unique, small, but far-reaching not for profit organisation, AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities). As veterinary services are offered and embraced by people of remote Indigenous communities Jan has seen an increase in respect, health and value of companion animals and similarly an increase in community wellbeing.