Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Vets in the Community is a student run project which benefits both Vet Students and the homeless and vulnerably housed in Nottingham.

We run clinics every other Wednesday out of the Big Issue office and provide basic preventative healthcare to the pets of the homeless and vulnerably housed. We provide vaccinations, flea treatment, worm treatment, microchips and have been kindly donated some neutering vouchers for both cats and dogs.

We also gather up donations of pet food, coats, collars, leads and anything else useful. We then distribute these at our clinics, as well as offering a cup of tea and cake to all who attend.

We were initially started by a grant from the University of Nottingham Cascade Fund in 2012. Since then we have relied on donations and fundraising by our student committee to keep the clinics running. We have calculated that every pet costs us £15 per visit and every clinic costs about £500.

These clinics have recently become part of the final year rotations at Nottingham's Vet School, student feedback often mentions how our clinics are their first chance to perform basic tasks and lead a consult for the first time. We often get donated medications that aren't the standard ones found in practice - this means students have to think more about the active ingredient of the drug and how it will affect the animal.

Vets in the Community

Location: Nottingham

I am so proud of our project for being able to make a huge difference with little resources. I love being able to get to know our clients whilst making sure that their best friend is all okay. Our committee works very hard to fundraise and run our clinics and I'm very lucky to be involved!
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