Jade and Sam head a network of nearly 300 volunteer vets
Veterinary surgeons Jade Statt and Sam Joseph have received the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award for their work helping homeless people’s pets.
The pair launched StreetVet, a registered practice providing veterinary care to those in need, including free medication, health checks and advice.
StreetVet is now comprised of a network of over 275 volunteers across the UK and has helped to improve the welfare of more than 400 animals.
In a personal letter to Jade, Theresa May wrote: “Equipped with just a stethoscope and a backpack filled with medication, your team of volunteer vets are taking to the streets to help rough sleepers by treating their beloved dogs.
“The success of StreetVet is a testament to your remarkable commitment to supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our society.”
A letter to Sam read: “Through StreetVet, you are improving the wellbeing of homeless people by providing free consultations and treatments for their much loved dogs. I wish you every success as you expand the network and inspire even more qualified vets to help these dogs who otherwise would not be receiving the veterinary care they deserve.”
According to Jade, the “ultimate aim” of StreetVet is to provide free, accessible vet care to all homeless people and their pets.
Sam said he was “honoured” to have received the award, which recognises the hard work of StreetVet volunteers, as well as the “profound value of the human-animal bond”.
He added: “As long as homelessness and poverty continue to be significant problems in the UK, ‘StreetVet’ will strive to provide free accessible vet care to those most in need.”
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