Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

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.

The clinic was set up in 2012 and is led by students at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, under supervision from experienced, qualified members of staff.


The mobile clinic now runs from two locations in Nottingham - King Edward Park and Forest Recreation Park. The student team also fundraise and volunteer locally to raise awareness of the clinic.

Services we offer

  • health checks
  • vaccinations
  • micro-chipping
  • treatment for fleas, worms and minor ailments
  • advice on pet health care, for example nutrition and neutering


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 fortnightly to weekly clinics. Throughout the recent lockdown, we continued to provide support to our clients and patients, through food and medication deliveries and telemedicine consultations. 

In 2020, we were Green Gown Awards 2020 Benefiting Society Winner, as well as a finalist of Green Gowns Awards (International) 2021.

Our partners and collaborators

Our initial pilot project was funded by Dogs Trust and the Nottingham Vet School and since has been supported by: 

We receive practical help and referrals from organisations including:

 We are extremely grateful to the Big Issue, who are working very closely with us.

How to get involved

We accept donations of suitable equipment and drugs (within Veterinary Medicine Directorate rules) for the clinic, as well as pet food to donate to those struggling with the cost of feed, so please get in touch if you think you can help. You can contact the student committee by email or through their website.

Get in touch


Staff contacts for the project are Kerry WilliamsAga Zoltowska, Malcolm CobbKate White.

Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 6576
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 6415
Email: CEVM@nottingham.ac.uk