Veterinary volunteers give back by helping horses at home and abroad

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Veterinarians, nurses, students, and farriers have volunteered their time and expertise for the BEVA Trust in recent years.
Veterinarians, nurses, students, and farriers have volunteered their time and expertise for the BEVA Trust in recent years. © BEVA Trust

Veterinary volunteers who have helped make a difference to hundreds of horses in Britain and around the world have been applauded by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) at its congress this week.

The BEVA Trust provides opportunities, support and funding to allow BEVA members to volunteer for projects that enhance equine welfare both locally and globally.

Volunteers stepped up to help nearly 1200 horses in Britain over the past four years, as well as many others around the world.

The BEVA Trust and British Horse Society have worked together for the past four years and in this time have run 25 education and welfare castration clinics around the country. So far 181 BEVA members, together with nurses, students, and farriers have volunteered their time and expertise. Coordinated by the British Horse Society, and with practical support from several other equine welfare charities, the clinics provide dental care, farriery, worming, microchipping and passporting for horses identified to be in need, as well as castration if required. A total of 547 horses have now been castrated.

The clinics have been supported by Zoetis, Bransby, Blue Cross, Redwings, World Horse Welfare and the RSPCA. And thanks to a £50,000 grant from South Essex Insurance Brokers, the BHS recently acquired a special healthcare vehicle for use at future clinics.

Three further education and welfare castration clinics are planned for the autumn of 2019 in York,  Nottinghamshire and Aberdeen.

The BEVA Trust and its partners run clinics that provide dental care, farriery, worming, microchipping, and castration services for horses.
The BEVA Trust and its partners run clinics that provide dental care, farriery, worming, microchipping, and castration services for horses. © BEVA Trust

BEVA members have also been volunteering around the world. This year one vet spent two weeks Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust and in April two vets volunteered in Estonia. Upcoming 2019 overseas projects include Lesotho Equine Welfare Clinic in September, Kiev Equine Veterinary Seminar in October and Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust in December.

BEVA members have also been busy raising funds for the Trust. This summer more than 100 vets, vet nurses and other practice team members took part in the BEVA cycle Sportive. Hosted this year by Donnington Grove Equine Vets in Newbury, the event raised £882.

Julian Samuelson, BEVA Trust Chair said: “The willingness of so many BEVA members to donate their time for these outstanding projects is both inspiring and humbling and made possible as a result of the close partnership between BEVA and leading national and overseas equine welfare organisations”.

» To volunteer for the BEVA Trust, contact Leaya Slater leaya@beva.org.uk.

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