US partners with BGB to support nat’l security

Diplomatic Correspondent

19 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The US Embassy in Dhaka hosted a two-week seminar titled ‘Veterinary Subject Matter Expert Exchange’ for the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), Chittagong.

The seminar focused on preventive medicine and trauma care for BGB’s working dogs and their handlers.    

The seminar, which was held from January 26 to February 6, brought together 29 dog handlers, 14 working dogs, and one Veterinarian Officer from nine BGB Chittagong outstations to share their knowledge and personal experiences in working with their canine partners. 

Ensuring the health and proper care of the working dogs at outstations along Bangladesh’s border is critical to supporting and developing the capacity of the BGB to secure Bangladesh’s border, safeguard the Bangladeshi people, counter violent extremism, and prevent drug trafficking, said a press release of the US Embassy on Tuesday. 

Participants reviewed veterinary care case studies and took part in a series of lectures focused on canine healthcare. Participants also exchanged best practices on preventive medicine and discussed the risk communicable diseases and parasites in dogs pose to humans.