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First-of-a-Kind Mobile Charity Vet Clinic Launched

Vets in the Community, a charity run by veterinary medicine and nursing students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, have opened a mobile clinic dedicated to offering free routine care.

The £30,000 purpose-built trailer is the result of two years fundraising and is fully equipped to provide vaccinations, health checks and treatments of minor ailments.

Currently, the charity holds fortnightly clinics in the city centre, and they hope that the new mobile clinic will expand their reach. Pet owners who are homeless or vulnerably housed can receive free care. They work alongside, and accept referrals from support services, including The Big Issue, Juno Women’s Aid and Emmanuel House.

The image shows Shane, a Big Issue vendor, crouching down and smiling whilst stroking his two dogs; one is stood next to Shane, and the other is laid on the floor out of shot.

“Vets in the Community have been helping me for over a year, from being on the streets, through being in a hostel, and recently looking for accommodation... They’ve been incredible, what they are doing is an absolute godsend.”

Long-time The Big Issue vendor, Shane, told The Big Issue about how Vets in the Community have helped him and his two dogs.

Vets in the Community runs entirely on donations and since its establishment in 2012 has carried out over 2000 consultations. Over the years, hundreds of veterinary students have volunteered for the charity.  You can read more about the project and get involved here.