StreetVet is a national charity established to make free veterinary care accessible to pet owners experiencing homelessness. Our teams of volunteer vets and RVNs provide community vet care at weekly scheduled stations on the streets and in community centres. Regular stations are scheduled on evenings or weekends and generally last 1-2 hours. During which, we aim to provide any service which could normally be delivered on a home visit, working in solidarity with owners who typically manage to provide for their pets admirably well despite their difficult circumstances. By gradually building rapport with vulnerable owners while their pets are healthy we ensure they trust us with their pets’ care when they fall ill.
We are looking for volunteers who are:
• RCVS registered vets/RVNs eager to use their professional training to help others
• Able to commit a minimum of two hours each month
• Adaptable and resourceful team players
• Approachable, non-judgemental, friendly professionals
In return you will:
• Form part of a network of over 350 like-minded vets and RVNs in a vet-led charity
• Be provided with materials and systems of work to meet RCVS and VMD requirements
• Benefit from unique training opportunities some of which can count towards CPD
• Have rewarding opportunities to help dedicated and self-sacrificing pet owners
If you would like to learn more, please complete the volunteer webform.
We look forward to welcoming you into our team!
Vet, Gabriel Galea, has been volunteering with StreetVet since the outset. He recently gave a talk to vet students belonging to the Surgical Society at the The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) on the role of StreetVet in the community. Here is some of the feedback received:
For me, I was particularly fascinated about how the human-animal bond is so resilient in times of hardship and is often crucial to the well-being of the service user. Also I’d like to mention how service users find that they have additional obstacles for things such as accommodation due to the fact that they have a pet – this is not something I had previously considered and I really hope that this barrier can be removed for the future. Many thanks to Gabriel for the talk! – Chloe C
I now have a better understanding of the work that StreetVet does, as well as the unique considerations that must be taken by vets working in a “street setting”. It is evident that the positive impact we can have on the dogs themselves translates to the mental health and well-being of their owners, whom they are incredibly bonded to. I hope to get involved when I qualify! (Thanks Gabriel!) – Gabby R
I had never really thought about the challenges of post-operative management for animals who experience homelessness with their human companions. The talk has made me think about what surgical procedures would be beneficial and given insight on how they might be managed. – Jordan S
I found it a real eye opener as I’d never even really thought about healthcare for dogs without a home and the lengths that the charity go to for their care, guess it also showed the importance of the animal-person bond in keeping people going when they’re in a tough situation! – Gracie S