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I am a clinical associate professor in feline medicine and also direct the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (CEVM: www.nottingham.ac.uk/cevm). Through the clinical and teaching aspects of my job I work with both shelters that re-home cats and dogs and charity hospital that provide medical care to patients. At Nottingham we have integrated teaching at animal shelters into various parts of the curriculum, so that our graduates qualify with an understanding of animals in these environments. In July 2010 with my colleague Jenny Stavisky the first research post in shelter medicine was developed within the CEVM. We aim to generate evidence to aid veterinary professionals working in shelters and charity hospitals to make decisions to improve the health and welfare issues for animals in their care. I think this association will provide great support for veterinarians working in this field and is an opportunity to put a much needed spotlight on this aspect of veterinary medicine.

Rachel Dean

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Our research shows that over 90% of vets in private companion animal practice undertake work for animal welfare organisations.  The CPD events that the ACV has hosted in the last four years have been very well-attended and received great feedback. This demonstrates that there is an appetite for information and guidance for vets working in the shelter environment and in low-cost clinics. Shelter medicine has become a specialty in its own right and the ACV is able provide support, information, advice and representation for veterinary professionals who want to develop their skills in this area.

Maggie Roberts

Director of Veterinary Services, Cats Protection

One of my main roles within PDSA is to ensure that PDSA PetAid hospitals offer a service that is of a pitch and quality appropriate for a charity to offer, whilst at the same time ensuring that ethical and regulatory requirements are met. I feel that the Charity Vets Association will offer an invaluable support network to all vets providing charitable care for animals, by encouraging a critical and ethical approach to decision making and help to develop an ethical and pragmatic approach to medicine and surgery. The provision of a quality, ethical yet economic charitable veterinary service is a discipline that is not always easy to adapt to, but is essential to allow charities to make best use of the funds that they have available.

Steve Howard

Head of Clinical Services, PDSA

I have spent much of my clinical career working for, and with, UK charities including RSPCA, PDSA, Blue Cross and the Mayhew. It is becoming increasingly obvious to me that there is much to learn about this branch of clinical practice, and much to share. Having spent time working alongside some amazing people; vets, vet nurses, management and shelter staff and having seen their achievements and their challenges, I think the Association of Charity vets can play an integral part in bringing this group together and to help other primary care practitioners integrate shared evidence and experience into their daily practice.

Ruth Serlin

Lecturer, Veterinary Professionalism RVC

We look after around 16,000 dogs a year through our 17 (soon to be 18) rehoming centres. With so many vets providing charitable services, from working in rescue/rehoming centres to accessing charitable support to help with veterinary treatment, this area of veterinary medicine is becoming a discipline in its own right. The Association of Charity Vets will be a great resource for those vets and veterinary nurses involved, offering support and an opportunity to discuss key issues as well as developing this important field of veterinary medicine.

Paula Boyden

Veterinary Director, Dogs Trust

In our research we’re trying to find out more about the needs of un-owned animals, and how we can provide both evidence and support for those people working with them. We also involve the students by providing teaching sessions and supervising research projects within shelter environments. The Association of Charity and Shelter Vets will hopefully provide a contact point for those working within the field to share ideas and experience, and ultimately lead to the development of more recognition and understanding of the special challenges of working within the charity sector.

Jenny Stavisky

Assistant Professor, Shelter Medicine at the University of Nottingham

Given the number of vets who engage with the charity sector at some level in the UK, there is a real need to recognise rescue centre veterinary medicine and the provision of charitable services as a distinct entity. I see it as an opportunity to highlight the veterinary issues faced in the charitable sector and to provide information and support to those working within it.

Shaun Opperman

Veterinary Director, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Wood Green the Animals Charity is a multi-species charity caring for up to 6,000 pets per annum across 3 branches. The opportunity for our vets and nurses to attend the annual Association of Charity Vets conference is hugely beneficial and offers bespoke shelter medicine CPD currently unavailable elsewhere in the UK. I welcome the development of the Association and the shared knowledge and experience gained from it for the benefit of animals in our care.

Vanessa Cunningham

Director of Animal Services , Wood Green

The veterinary professions are essential to improving the welfare of all animals. Where resources are limited, it takes impressive abilities in clinical decision-making, communication and problem-solving to make pragmatic decisions that achieve  the best outcomes for our patients. And in shelter and wildlife hospital environments, veterinary staff need additional knowledge, ways of thinking and appreciation, in order to do the best for all the animals in those environments. Animals whose owners have limited resources, who have no identified owners, or who have been relinquished are at particular need of compassionate and skilled veterinary care. The ACV helps people to obtain and share knowledge and guidance to best achieve these ends.

James Yeates

Chief Veterinary Officer, RSPCA

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