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Animals cared for at 'Pacific Angel 08'
KAMPONG CHAM PROVINCE, Cambodia – Local villagers are herding their cattle into a staging area for vaccinations at Kos Ta Phen a rural village five kilometers off the paved road in Kampong Cham Province. The breed of Asian Brahman cattle here are used mostly as working animals. A team of three U.S. total force Veterinarians travel to a new location in the province each day of Operation ‘Pacific Angel 01-08’, a joint/combined 13th Air Force-led humanitarian assistance operation May 25 - 29. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Tom Czerwinski)
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Cambodian cattle moo for Pacific Angel staff

Posted 6/2/2008   Updated 6/2/2008 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Tom Czerwinski
Pacific Air Forces Public Affirs

6/2/2008 - KAMPONG CHAM PROVINCE, Cambodia -- If asked, most people would guess that a humanitarian medical mission run by the U.S. Air Force is to give aid and assistance to people from third-world countries or a place that has been hit by natural disaster or devastation. But one team on operation 'Pacific Angel' was brought along specifically to help underprivileged animals too.

A Veterinary team of two Air Force officers and one Army officer spent the week traveling around Kampong Cham Province Cambodia - their mission, give care and vaccinations to the multitude of animals here May 25 - 29.

The veterinary staff traveled to a new location in the province each day of the mission.

"What we are doing here for the local breed of Asian Brahman cattle is a combination inoculation treatment for prevention of Clostridium and Pasteruella, the district veterinary health department only has Pasteruella treatments, so we are in effect doubling disease prevention," said Lieutenant Colonel Susan Miller, a Veterinarian assigned to Brooks City Base, Texas. "The cattle moo a lot and are scarred when forced into the stocks where we treat them, but its for their good."

The Veterinarian staff administers vaccinations to the cattle, rabies vaccinations and worm treatments to dogs and treats other animals such as pigs and horses for general problems.

As part of Pacific Angel 01-08, a joint/combined 13th Air Force-led humanitarian assistance operation, the staff made contact with more than 1000 animals of all types throughout five days of operations.

"We have seen mostly the local Brahman cattle and a Asian breed of domestic dog, but we also treated a pig for pneumonia and examined the local breed of Cambodian horse - which is full grown but the size of a pony," said Lt. Col. Miller. "Everything is going well and we have treated alot of animals, the biggest danger here is the chance of getting kicked by the cattle so you always have to be aware of your surroundings."

The breed of Asian Brahman cattle here are used mostly as working animals, but some is raised for beef consumption. 

"We have been treating the cattle with a Cydecostin spray that will help kill parasites internal and external," said Captain Kathryn Belill, a U.S. Army Veterinarian from the Central Pacific Veterinary Command Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. "The livestock is healthy for the most part but a little underweight and enemic from the blood-sucking parasites they come in contact with."

Operation Pacific Angel, a joint/combined humanitarian assistance operation conducted in the Pacific area of responsibility in support of CDRUSPACOM capacity-building efforts. Participating services include the Active, Reserve and National Guard components of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF).

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