Jessie the Border Collie is a working scent detection dog working in the field of conservation research. Over the past 7 years, the role she played in the research for elusive and endangered species has been paramount.
Unfortunately, in August Jessie was diagnosed with Lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes). Luckily, she has the most wonderful mom who will stop at nothing to make this miracle pup better. About two weeks ago, Jessie started her journey to recovery and is undergoing chemotherapy at our clinic. While this is a challenging endeavour, we are confident that, with all our efforts, the efforts of all her sponsors and all the unconditional love from her human family and supportive mom, there will be many more years of joy for Jessie. And hopefully, she will have some more time and energy to spare to continue her crucial research and conservation efforts.
Jessie started her career by sniffing out the scent of the Giant Bullfrog as part of a master’s degree study in Environmental Science at NWU. After this massive achievement, she started working with the Endangered Wildlife Trust in the field of conservation. Her focus was on the Critically Endangered Riverine Rabbit. (including a project for the National Geographic Society, be sure to check that out!)
In the last year, Jessie has also been involved in a study of Golden moles species on the West Coast of South Africa, funded by Re:Wild.
For more on Canine Lymphoma, check out our blog post: https://kimvet.co.za/jessies-story-surviving-canine-lymphoma/
For more information on her wildlife conservation, visit the EWT website: https://ewt.org.za/sp-aug-girl-power-2/