London and Kent based veterinary group raise over £26k for WVS

London and Kent based veterinary group raise over £26k for WVS

A group of veterinary surgeries based in London and Kent, DNA Vetcare, has raised over £26,000 for Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) as part of their mission to help improve animal welfare standards around the globe.

Passionate about caring for animals beyond the reach of their UK clinics, DNA Vetcare has been fundraising for WVS since 2019, and raised over £10,000 during 2022 alone.

Twelve practices are signed up as WVS Vet Practice Members and each practice helps to raise awareness of the WVS’s work, helping animals around the world receive life-saving care.

DNA Vetcare Director, Dr Dane Walker, has volunteered with WVS’s veterinary team in Thailand and personally raises funds for the charity with a ‘swimathon’ challenge planned for Spring 2023:

“It is an honour to support WVS and their outstanding efforts. The funds raised will make a meaningful impact on the lives of dogs throughout Thailand and the rest of the world. Our gratitude extends to the generous DNA Vetcare clients and dedicated teams who make this possible. Furthermore, I am excited to announce my participation in a marathon swim this Spring and hope to increase our contributions through additional fundraising efforts.”

In places where veterinary training, supplies, and equipment is limited, many animals suffer in silence. Through our Vet Practice Membership scheme, we recruit veterinary professionals to assist with the funding and running of animal welfare projects worldwide. Volunteers not only treat animals in need but also help to train local vets in surgical skills, raising the standards of care. Donations of unused medication and supplies are sent to other animal charities and NGOs internationally to make a positive and sustainable impact.

Founder and CEO of WVS, Dr Luke Gamble, explains why the support from DNA Vetcare and the charity’s Vet Practice Members is so valuable:

“The ongoing impact of the pandemic combined with soaring costs globally is impacting the welfare of so many animals. Every day, our vets see horrific cases, visiting places where access to veterinary care is often limited or non-existent, and as a consequence the animals are suffering greatly. Dane and the DNA Vetcare team are incredible. They continue to champion animal welfare tirelessly and their support has made a huge and very positive difference. Thanks to their altruistic generosity, we’ve been able to send more vet teams, more equipment and help many more animals in places where veterinary care is so desperately lacking. When the veterinary community comes together in this way, we can make a lasting change to animal welfare standards in some of the world’s poorest and under resourced areas.”

Life-changing treatment for Blacky

Blacky, a dog in Chiang Mai, is one of the patients who is currently receiving treatment from WVS. After being tied up and abandoned in a forest, Blacky was brought to the WVS Thailand clinic in urgent need of treatment. Blacky had been pulling hard at the rope around her neck trying to break free and causing it to cut deep into her skin. As a result, she had a large oedema (swelling of the tissue) which wrapped all around her neck. Understandably, she was incredibly frightened and nervous around people. Blacky received regular wound cleaning, laser therapy to support wound healing, and was put on a course of antibiotics and pain medication. Blacky is now recovering well and will remain at the WVS Thailand rescue and rehabilitation centre until she has fully recovered and can be found a loving home. The support of DNA Vetcare helps to ensure animals like Blacky can receive the same expert care that pets in the UK receive.

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