HOT Cares Helps Get Mobile Community Veterinary Clinic Up and Running

Those who dedicate their lives to caring for animals usually have the biggest hearts.

So, whenever Hot Cares receives a request to support an individual or organisation involved in animal welfare, we jump at the opportunity.

That’s what happened when Hot Cares was contacted by Claudia Cloete, the South African Veterinary Association’s Community Veterinary Clinics Manager.

She brought to our attention the great work done by the people who support vets by running sustainable community veterinary clinics, offering primary veterinary care for animals in lower income communities.

“We believe that community veterinary clinics can prevent the problems that animal shelters are currently responding to,” said Claudia.

There are currently 37 CVCs in South Africa and they work closely with state vets, community leaders and other animal welfare organizations, performing numerous procedures and vital work, and the South African Veterinary Association is always looking for ways to grow the number of clinics in low income communities.

It’s with this in mind that Claudia put forward a request for support for Dr Bronwyn Thomen and her husband Kent Jennings. They started a mobile clinic last year and have been treating 140 to 180 animals every month, but they are in the process of relocating from Gauteng to Emgwenya in Mpumalanga. There they are hoping to set up a mobile veterinary clinic and service the Emakhazeni Local Municipality communities.

“The goal is to run these clinics sustainably and we believe that Bronwyn and Kent have what it takes to be successful with starting a community veterinary clinic in this community,” said Claudia. “The Emgwenya CVC will continue to be supported by SAVA-CVC for sustainability.”

So, how can Hot Cares help?

Well, there are certain start-up costs and a building refurbishment that need to be covered, and Hot Cares is proud to be able to help with covering all the work on the ceiling, walls, doors, electrical requirements, animal cages etc, all to ensure compliance with the South African Veterinary Council.

This work totals just under R33 000!

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