Vets in the community
Vets in the Community is a project set up to provide free veterinary care to pets belonging to homeless and vulnerably housed people in the Nottingham area. It began in 2012, and runs at the Big Issue office in Nottingham.
We provide health checks, vaccinations, micro-chipping and treatment for fleas, worms and minor ailments. We can also provide advice on pet health care, for example nutrition and neutering. The clinic is led by students at the Vet School, under supervision from experienced, qualified members of staff. The student team also fundraise and volunteer locally to raise awareness of the clinic.
To date we have treated over 300 dogs, cats and rabbits, and even a ferret! Our clinic is expanding, and we have recently moved from monthly to fortnightly.
Our initial pilot project was funded by Dogs Trust and the Vet School. We recently secured funding from the University of Nottingham Cascade Fund, which will allow the clinic to improve its equipment and continue to run for the next three years. The project is also supported by Burns Pet Food, Royal Canin, Cats Protection and Rushcliffe Veterinary Centre. We receive practical help and referrals from organisations including Framework, Emmanuel House, The Friary, Double Impact, The Padley Centre and Women's Aid Integrated Services. We are extremely grateful to the Big Issue, who allow us to use their office for the clinic.
We accept donations of suitable equipment and drugs for the clinic, as well as pet food to donate to those struggling with the cost of feed, so please get in touch with Jenny Stavisky if you think you can help. You can contact Jenny on 0115 9516660 or e-mail her via the link below. You can also find us on Facebook (search Vets in the Community) and follow us on Twitter.
Staff contacts: Jenny Stavisky, Rachel Dean, Kate White