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.

Whitechapel Way, Priorslee,
Telford, Shropshire TF2 9PQ

Registered charity nos. 208217
Association of Charity Vets