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Vets in the Community launches new mobile clinic
The new mobile clinic has been purpose-built to provide veterinary care from any location.

Student-led charity broadens its reach

Vets in the Community, a Nottingham charity which provides free veterinary care for homeless people’s pets, is launching a new mobile clinic to improve access to their services across the city.

Set up by students from the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS), Vets in the Community runs fortnightly clinics in the city centre, offering free vaccinations, health checks, micro-chipping and flea and worm treatments for pets of the homeless and vulnerably-housed people.

The clinics are run by a committee of SVMS students and veterinary nursing students from Nottingham Trent University, under the supervision of staff members.

This new mobile clinic will travel throughout Nottingham providing greater access to free routine veterinary care. It took staff and students two years to raise the £30,000 needed to fund the trailer, which has been purpose-built to allow the team to provide high quality care from any location.

Dr Jenny Stavisky, a clinical assistant professor in the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, said: “Pet ownership is a common bond and opens a conversation with some of the most marginalised people in our society. Since its launch, we have worked hard to make the clinic a welcoming space.

“Now, thanks to the tireless work from our team and their years of planning and fundraising, we have been able to buy this mobile clinic, which will mean we can take these sessions out on the road and allow us to reach even more people in need.

“We hope that it may allow us to link up our service in the future with existing medical outreach initiatives for people, so that both pets and owners can be helped together.”

Images (c) Vets in the Community.

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

Image (c) BEVA. 

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk