Seventy per cent of vets give up their time

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Almost 70 per cent of North East vets give up time to work with animal charities and shelters.

According to a survey by the British Veterinary Association almost seven in 10 vets provide some of their time and veterinary expertise at a reduced rate, while nearly two in five give their time unpaid to work with animal charities and shelters.

Charitable activities vary from practice to practice and vets often work with local animal shelters and national animal charities to provide a range of pro bono or reduced fee services, such as health checking, medicating and treating, neutering and vaccinating.

Paul Freeman, of Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group and BVA regional committee member, said: “Every practice will have different charities they work with. Our practice is a PDSA Pet Aid Centre so with the support of regular payments from the PDSA we treat pets of owners on a low income. We also do regular vaccination and neutering work at a discounted rate for various animal charities, and give our services free to a local hedgehog rescue group.”