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Vet charity begins volunteering bursary
Angharad Simlett-Moss had been hoping to volunteer on a WVS trip, but passed away before she could do so.

It was set up in memory of Angharad Simlett-Moss.

Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) has launched applications for the Angharad Simlett-Moss Volunteering Bursary.

The grant is designed to provide financial support to UK vets, who may not otherwise be able to volunteer.

The bursary has been set up to commemorate Angharad Simlett-Moss, a small animal veterinary surgeon. Dr Simlett-Moss died suddenly in July 2020, soon after her 34th birthday.

Dr Simlett-Moss had been hoping to volunteer on a WVS trip, however she passed away before she was able to do so. The bursary will honour her life, and her passion for continuous veterinary learning.

Each year the grant, funded by Dr Simlett-Moss’ family, will provide a veterinary surgeon with £1000 to use towards a veterinary volunteering trip abroad.

The bursary is open to UK veterinary surgeons with over three years of experience. Usually one bursary will be awarded each year but this year, to mark its launch, two bursaries will be awarded.

It is intended to support veterinary surgeons who wish to volunteer, but for whom the cost of travelling is a barrier to taking part.

Successful applicants will be invited to volunteer at the WVS centre in Malawi.

The Malawi clinic has helped 11,548 animals in the past year, providing free vaccinations, sterilisation and treatments to sick and injured animals. The team also works with the police to combat illegal animal sales, lead community education programmes, and rehome animals which they have rescued.

Volunteers deliver essential veterinary services to the community, and also train local veterinary surgeons.

Applications for the bursary will remain open until Sunday, 14 July 2024.

Luke Gamble, CEO and founder of WVS, said: “It is a great honour to be able to launch this bursary in Angharad’s memory. This will give someone who would not usually be able to consider volunteering the chance to make a real impactful difference for animals that desperately need it.

“We are so grateful to Angharad’s family for this opportunity.”

For more information or to apply, visit the WVS website.

Images: © WVS

Image of Angharad Simlett-Moss (C) Joyce Simlett-Moss

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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