Veterinary Outreach is a vital service across the homeless community and it's where we first began to offer support back in 2016.
We have team of over 100 amazing veterinary volunteers who work across the UK. We work with established services in each area to make sure that we are easily accessible. Our outreach sessions take place monthly to provide free vet care and support on a regular basis. No two outreach sessions are the same and we never know what we're going to see. Sometimes it's a simple as a check-up to reassure an owner that everything is okay or it could be preventative care such as vaccinations and parasite treatments. Our vet team always perform a nose to tail health check and have a chat with the owner about any problem, issues or concerns they may have. The most common treatments we provide are Vaccinations, flea and worming treatments, pain relief, eye and ear medications and microchips.
Thanks to the kind donations we receive we're also able to provide everyday essentials like dog food, leads and collars, toys and dog coats.
Sometimes we see dogs who are in need of treatments that can't be provided on the street so we've also partnered with local veterinary clinics to allow more complicated treatments and procedures to be dealt with too.
Over the years this has included procedures such as:
As well as providing veterinary care these sessions also allow us to build a relationship of trust with the dogs and their owners meaning they are more likely to reach out to us when they need help.
Spending time having a chat with the owner and giving their dog a big fuss and plenty of attention is often the most rewarding part of a session.
One of our regular vet volunteers is the wonderful Dr Rebecca Dobinson. She's a familiar face to anyone attending our Newcastle outreach sessions. In this video she gives us an insight into what a typical veterinary outreach looks like.