VET’S DIARY: Last chance to put focus on your pet

Canine contenders?
Canine contenders?

There are many aspects to the activities of a veterinary practice. It is not all about calving cows, treating lame horses and operating on dogs and cats, though these are of course part of the bread and butter of our work, writes Paul Freeman.

But now and again we do things which are a bit more off-beat, and one such is our current charity campaign to find the Face of Alnorthumbria.

This is open to anyone who is prepared to donate a minimum of £1 to have a portrait photograph taken of their pet by leading professional animal photographer Sit Stay Capture.

The photos will be judged and prizes will be awarded to the pets whose photos really catch the judges’ eye. Photographs can be purchased after the event with all profits from sales going into the charity pot. The prizes have been generously donated by local businesses and individuals. A list of prizes and donors can be found on the website –

All the money raised will be donated to local animal charities, namely SHAK (a sanctuary for abused dogs), BARK, Alexa’s Animals and Musher (three animal rescue and re-homing centres) and Red Squirrel Northern England. So far, over 250 pets have been entered for the competition and more than £500 has been raised. The photos can be viewed on our Facebook page @Alnorthumbriapets.

Photo shoots have taken place at Glendale Show, and also at eight of our clinics across the county, but there is still time to enter. The final session is at Druridge Bay Country Park on Saturday, October 4, between 10am and 2pm.

Just turn up or contact for more details.

The Face of Alnorthumbria campaign has been so successful, and generated so much interest, that we are thinking of running it again next year, and maybe broadening the scope to include the larger species. After all, why should the smaller animals hog the limelight when someone’s favourite horse, donkey, goat, bull or tup may be equally photogenic?