Vipex have been commissioned to build a massive all terrain mobile veterinary clinic to tour India to vaccinate 50,000 dogs against Rabies. The truck, pictured above at its UK launch, was ordered by the UK based charities Worldwide Veterinary Service and Dogs Trust to combat the disease in India which is one of the most affected countries in the world. The project is headed by WVS member and TV Vet Luke Gamble, star of Sky TV’s Vet Adventures program.
The 10 metre long Vipex Vector built on a 26 ton Mercedes Zetros 6 wheel drive chassis cab is designed to go anywhere a vehicle can get. To enable the truck to be as short as possible but to give the biggest internal area, there is a rear hydraulic extension which doubles the size of the operating theatre. The truck is bristling with technology and equipment to enable it to complete its mission. The operating theatre at the rear has a V shaped operating table, an overhead LED surgical light, overhead cameras on arms for TV and to transmit to the large external screen for interested onlookers, oxygen generator and anaesthetic equipment, digital scales, scrub sink, drugs safe, dental equipment, x- ray equipment, fold down benches, and equipment cupboards, all separated from the rest of the vehicle by a lead lined bulkhead to protect occupants.
In the rest of the vehicle there is a laboratory, with digital microscope, steriliser unit, blood fridge, two large dog cages and counters with cupboards, a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink, and a living area with U-shaped seating area and table which doubles up as a double bed with single bunk overhead, big screen TV, sink, microwave, cupboards.
There is a ladder leading up to the roof which gives storage and seating space upstairs. The power and technical equipment is all housed in the forward equipment room and consists of a large diesel generator, a smaller diesel generator as backup, and also a large UPS system which gives battery backup in the event of both of the generators not working. 2 air conditioning systems, satellite internet system, public address systems with head-mikes, 9 cameras for TV use dotted around, intercoms, on-board water and waste tanks, dog washing facilities, electrical patient lift and wind out awning are all featured in this truck as well as too many other things to mention.
The truck is scheduled to stay in India for a while and information on its whereabouts, its objectives, and its achievements can all be found at www.missionrabies.com