Pop-up clinic for pets in need

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The Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is supporting homeless and disadvantaged Sydneysiders by offering them access to quality veterinary care for their beloved pets. Many are unable to fund even the most essential of treatments to improve the wellbeing of their treasured animals.

Since April 2016, the hospital has partnered with BaptistCare to establish the HopeStreet pop-up pet clinic, which operates on the first Tuesday of every month, in Woolloomooloo.

Staffed by volunteers, clinicians, veterinary nurses and students from the university’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, the animal welfare outreach initiative is helping the most vulnerable pets of Sydney.

An average visit to the clinic can cost upwards of $175 for a single patient and each month, around 20 animals visit the service.

Veterinarian Dr Jess Talbot said there is a great need for this service.

“In [one] visit to HopeStreet, we saw 27 pets in two-and-a-half hours. There are so many animals needing care. We don’t have the funds to keep pace with demand and treat the variety of problems we see.

“We would love to be able to do even more for these beloved pets and their owners.”

Financial donations to the pop-up pet clinic can be made to BaptistCare HopeStreet, 174 Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo.

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