Aims of the group
Support and represent veterinary professionals providing the veterinary expertise and care to the charitable sector to include:
- Those working for or employed by a charity.
- Those in private practice providing services for a charity.
- Those in private practice advising charities.
- Practices accessing charitable help for patients whether owned, unowned or in a shelter.
- Those dealing with cases where the funding does not come entirely from the owner.
- Colleagues carrying out research into issues faced by the sector.
Objectives of the group:
- By bringing together colleagues working in the sector, establish shelter and charity practice as a distinct specialty.
- Working together to critically evaluate existing evidence, identify gaps and generate a wider evidence base.
- Sharing information and best practice and disseminating to a wider audience.
- Encourage and facilitate Continuous Professional Development, conferences and discussion forums.
- Encourage a critical and ethical approach to decision making.
- Encourage an ethical and pragmatic approach to medicine and its impact on the wider population.
- Lobbying decision makers.
- Represent the views of colleagues working in the sector to the wider veterinary profession, government and the public.
- RCVS: Encourage mandatory EMS within the charitable sector.
- BVA: Encourage integration of BVA AWF lectures.
- BSAVA: Encourage development of a ‘shelter medicine’ manual. There are currently no UK texts focusing on this area.