years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Originally from Saigon - now Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam, Tuan emigrated with his family to Australia in 1973. He graduated from Sydney University with a PhD in agricultural science and before returning to Vietnam at the end of 2000, worked with the Division of Livestock Industries, CSIRO, on improving farm animals’ health and welfare through better disease and husbandry management.
On his return to Vietnam, Tuan joined the United Nation Volunteers helping UNDP and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up a project to encourage professional overseas Vietnamese to return to Vietnam to help with the development of the country. He then became involved with the Department of Animal Health and the National Veterinary Diagnostic Centre in the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, as a part time technical advisor volunteer and also worked as a consultant for international NGOs in Hanoi such as Care Australia, Save the Children Sweden, Save the Children UK, Oxfam GB, and UNICEF, and for a while as a substitute teacher at the United Nations High School in Hanoi.
Before joining Animals Asia, Tuan managed a Vet clinic/laboratory in Hanoi in partnership with a French and Vietnamese vet - the first veterinary clinic in Hanoi operating along western guidelines.
During his time at the clinic, Tuan became involved on a voluntary basis with the moon bear project. “I was interested in this because I thought it was a very worth while project, a project where something is actually being done to help moon bears. Lots of wildlife protection projects in Vietnam are only focused on capacity building, raising awareness, training and not on rescuing and caring for bears.”
Tuan officially joined Animals Asia in November 2005 and is helping Animals Asia to set up the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park and working with the Government to end bear farming. “I feel our Bear Rescue and companion animal welfare projects such as Dr. Dog and Prof. Paws will ultimately lead to a change in people’s attitude and perception toward animals and hopefully not too far into the future, the Government of Vietnam will introduce animal welfare legislation”.