My name is Jade Statt and I qualified as a vet from Glasgow Vet School in 2002. I have worked in small animal practice since graduating but have always wanted to volunteer as a vet in the UK. The concept of StreetVet for me was born from meeting a homeless man and his dog on a night out in London in 2016 and talking to him about his unconditional love for his dog and his fears of losing her. Having recently lost my own dog Oakley, his worries resonated with me and I felt frustrated that I couldn't use my veterinary skills to help them but overwhelmingly I kept thinking "how would I feel if this was Oakley". It was no coincidence that StreetVet began for me in October 2016 and I lost Oakley in September the same year. StreetVet helped me keep focused through my grief but more vividly for me was I identified with the unyielding bond between owner and their dog. The human animal bond is extraordinary and it's a privilege to experience. Another catalyst that helped me to start on the challenging journey of setting up StreetVet was meeting Josh Coombes ( #DoSomethingForNothing). He is an inspirational person and now a firm friend and a constant supporter of StreetVet.
With a backpack of medications, a stethoscope and a nurse, I started " Streetvetting" in October 2016. What started as a pilot scheme was before long featured on ITV news, BBC trending, Vet press and multiple pet magazines. It was clear there was a real need for this service. My long term aim was to get other vets involved and create a network of StreetVets UK wide - I then met like minded vet Sam Joseph and we officially founded StreetVet together earlier this year. Creating a rapport with the homeless and gaining their trust does not happen overnight but , with your help and the backing of the profession and our aim to help the homeless and their best friends , I believe this project will be a success.
Like many other vets, when I see a homeless person and their dog on the street I feel like I want to do something to try and help them. So, one evening in 2015, when I was still a student at Bristol vets school, I decided to go out with my stethoscope and check over any homeless people’s dogs that I came across. What stuck with me after meeting a few people that night was how happy and relieved they were when I told them that their dogs had a healthy sounding heart.
After graduating and moving back to London I decided to try and create a more sustainable and structured way to provide a veterinary service to these dogs. Together with Charlie and another colleague we visited many homeless people in North London with worming tablets and a bag of veterinary supplies. Soon after going out a few times in London, I met Jade in April 2017. Jade had been doing the same thing in Westminster, coincidently operating under the same name. That was when StreetVet was born! Since then we have been working together, assisted along the way by our amazing team of volunteers, to try to marry the passion and willingness of veterinary practitioners with the need for veterinary care for homeless people’s dogs.
With teamwork and collaboration, I think that it is entirely feasible to check over and treat every homeless person’s dog in the country and, in doing so, make a small difference to the lives of some of the country’s most vulnerable people.
Gabriel is an academic vet who spends most of his day working as a scientist in central London. He clearly remembers the frustration at wanting to offer support to homeless dog owners he came across, but not having the foggiest clue how to go about doing so. StreetVet has provided an established (and growing) infrastructure to offer street-level care to homeless owners and their pets, as well as the opportunity to learn about homelessness and the challenges faced by its victims. Being close to the “action” in London and having relatively predictable working hours means Gabriel has been able to commit to regular sessions since May 2017 and as such is now a familiar face to many of our regular visitors. In his spare time Gabriel enjoys “volunteering” as a vet in an amazing private practice out of London, meandering around car boot sales hunting for porcelain horse figurines and sampling London’s hidden culinary secret.
My name’s Charlie, I graduated from Bristol vet school in 2015 and have been working in a small animal hospital in Essex since. I’ve been friends with co-founder Sam since university and so it was only natural that once he told me about StreetVet I got involved straight away.Unfortunately with the current political and economic climate more and more people are becoming homeless, and I’m thrilled to be part of a fantastic organisation with such a passionate team helping these people and their animals as much as possible.
Maria is Romanian and finished her veterinary studies at the Royal Veterinary College in 2013. She became interested in helping street dogs and their owners after volunteering with another homeless charity last year. Other than charity veterinary work, she loves her two cats, rock climbing and traveling.
Soula is a registered veterinary nurse having graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015, and currently works in the surgical department at the Royal Veterinary College located in the heart of Camden. Soula is passionate about using her qualification to help less fortunate animals in both the UK and further afield; she has previously volunteered in the Seychelles, South Africa and Fiji. We are all aware of the homeless people and their furry companions living throughout London, so when Soula was made aware of StreetVet and their mission to provide veterinary care to the homeless dogs' she immediately jumped at the chance to join their team! Soula also has a keen interest in ballroom and latin dancing so you may see her waltzing around Camden in search of dogs in need!
The best thing about being a vet is having the privilege to be able to help people look after their friends. Working with Street Vet gives me the opportunity to extend that care outside the usual confines of the veterinary clinic.
Homelessness in the UK has more than doubled since 2010. More people are losing their homes and sleeping rough, and with them their canine companions. The bond between them is often the strongest most stable relationship they have. I always thought if I was homeless and sharing my life with a dog, it would be heart breaking if I were unable to access affordable veterinary care.
Until homelessness can be eradicated, organisations like StreetVet provide the much needed reassurance that these dogs will not suffer due to society's failure to look after its most vulnerable members, and I am proud to be a small part of it.
- EmmaEmmaHi my name is Emma and I’ve been a vet nurse for 17years. I have a dog called Hettie and a cat called L.B ( short for little bugger!)I love the fact that street vet is helping and treating dogs who would not necessarily have access to Veterinary care and I’m excited to be part of the team!
My name is Kaz and have been a qualified veterinary nurse for over 10years. I have a one eyed cat from Romania called Dexter and two Dachshund's called Mila and Heidi. After qualifying in Watford Hertfordshire, I travelled around the South East and London contracting for practices to gain more experience. I moved into referral work by joining VRCC in Essex. At this specialist oncology centre I progressed to head of surgery. In 2014, I joined the Royal Veterinary College in Potters Bar as a theatre and anaesthesia nurse where my knowledge and skills developed even further. I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with animals. I don't do the job for the money or the shift work, I do it because I love animals and want to do everything in my power to help them. I have always wanted to use my qualification to reach out to the community and make a difference so upon hearing about Streetvet, I jumped at the chance to become a part of the team. I feel privileged to be a part of such a selfless group and hope to continue helping homeless dogs for many years to come.
- Myfanwy HillMyfanwy Hill
Myfanwy works at the University of Cambridge where she works as a scientist researching human brain diseases and works as a vet in her (rare moments of) spare time.Living in a relatively small city like Cambridge means that you develop a much more personal relationship with the homeless community as you see the same faces so regularly, Myfanwy is really excited to be able to finally put her veterinary skills to use in her local community and to help those who need it most.
- Charlene GunnerCharlene Gunner
I'm Charlene (or Charlie). I have been a qualified RVN for a year now and work in a rescue and rehoming centre in London. When I heard about StreetVet I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in an help any way I could. Seeing the work the team does everyday is inspirong. All animals deserve love and care no matter what situation they are in, and I'm proud to be involved.
I always knew I wanted to help animals and was fortunate enough to get a job in a local Veterinary Hospital in 2001 where I qualified as an RVN and stayed at for 17 years. I have now moved on to Vet Nurse at a major animal charity centre. Sharing my life with three dogs and two cats myself, I know how much our furry friends mean to people and become family. Having volunteered abroad several times I am now excited to be joining StreetVet helping the pets and their people in my home town.
I'm Chris, and I'm a vet. I used to work in Scotland with large and small animals but now just work with small animals in London. I've very recently become involved in StreetVet after hearing about it online. I love the work we do and am looking forward to continue to become more involved.
- ErinErinBeing brought up in rural Ireland meant that I wasn't exposed to the levels of homelessness that is present in London, even when attending uni in Dublin I didn't see so many people out on the streets. When I moved to London I really struggled seeing so many sleeping rough with their animals. One night I was out with my friends and I saw a homeless man feeding his dog on the street floor, it really upset me how this dog didn't even have a bowl to eat out of compared to my dog at home. This was the point I knew I had to do something to help so I joined the street vets to help these animals in what ever way I could.
I have always had a passion for animals from a young age. I started volunteering at my local riding school from about 11 years of age. Helping out with mucking out, riding new horses and lending a hand at children birthday parties. In 2000 I started working at a dog and cat boarding kennels at weekends and school holidays.
I started veterinary nursing in September 2002 and added a few evening shifts at the local vets to my working schedule. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in The Netherlands in July 2004, after which I moved to Scotland where I worked as a part-time veterinary nurse at an orthopaedic referral centre and part-time horse trainer. In September 2005 I decided to move to England where I worked full-time at a small animal surgery.
My main interest are nutrition and mobility.
I have now been working at the same veterinary hospital since June 2008. In 2015 I added small animal hydrotherapist to my skill set and I now hold a level 3 certificate and level 3 diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and I run the small animal hydrotherapy unit at my work.
I am also an Advanced Pet Health Councillor and advise people on pet nutrition including weight clinics.
In my spare time I like taking my dogs for long walks and spend time with my horses. I also enjoy going to live music concerts, going to the cinema, go-karting and watching and attending Formula 1 races.
Being homeless in no ones choice and can happen to anyone at any point in their life through no fault of their own. As I am in London a lot for music concerts I always walk past homeless people, sometimes with dogs and always wanted to do something to help but didn't know what.
There is a lot of charities that help out with street dogs and cats abroad, neutering them and giving basic healthcare but no similar charity existed in the UK until Jade came along. I heard about Streetvet in January 2017 when an article appeared in the veterinary times and contacted Jade who at that point did not require any veterinary nurses help.
So when the message came up on a veterinary nurse Facebook page that Jade was now looking for nurses to join the team I contacted her immediately and met up with her. I cannot wait to get started and get to know the dogs and their owners.
I've worked as a vet for 25 years and have always been interested in the human-animal bond and how animals bring out the best qualities. I am very aware how people who struggle to make sense of their lives find solace in their relationship with an animal and how that non-judgemental love can be the key to redemption for the individual. Caring for their dog is often a reason for people to stay clean and out of trouble, and the warmth and companionship a pet brings to a person can spur them on to make positive changes in their lives.
In my previous jobs working for the major charities, I've been involved in a number of initiatives to help animals owned by the homeless and vulnerable housed people and i'm now proud to be able to help Jade and Sam and other colleagues involved in StreetVets. I am thrilled to be a part of a group of dedicated vets and vet nurses help with keeping these very special pets well and safe.
I started veterinary nursing as soon as i left school as this is all i have ever wanted to do. After gaining lots of experience at various veterinary clinics i went on to study with CAW and qualified as a veterinary nurse 😊
Soon after i followed another dream of travelling around the world in which i was away for 12 months visiting many countries. i came back and got a senior role at goddards gaining further experience mainly in orthopaedics for about 18 months. I then decided to go travelling again for another 12 months visiting mainly asia.
After that i joined village vet as head nurse and still here at present (10 years and counting).....
I joined streetvet as a volunteer as my passion is to help those less fortunate than myself and to make a difference for the animals and the people having to live on the streets! I was not sure of how to do this but then i met jade and from there it began....
My name is Caroline. I am a vet who not only loves animals, but who also loves and respects the human-animal bond – that special relationship that is shared between an animal and ‘their human’. I have been providing veterinary home visits throughout London for over 12 years, and in that time I have helped those who are vulnerable and/or unable to get their loved pet to a vet clinic. So when Sam Joseph (co-founder of StreetVet) approached me with this concept, I was instantly on board! Helping animals in need, whilst honouring and preserving the human-animal bond, are at the heart of my veterinary vocation. SteetVet recognises this sacred bond and it is a privilege to be a part of this invaluable service.
I’m a RVN based in London and have been nursing since 2008. I’m in awe of the work that Sam and Jade are doing for the homeless people and their pets and I feel proud to be part of their amazing team.
I have a big soft spot for staffies! Although, maybe a little bit biased...
- Caroline HCaroline H
Hello! I’m Caroline and I’m a proud StreetVet! I am a great lover of dogs and I have two Golden Retrievers of my own including one that I adopted with Haemophilia A (a blood condition that means he is unable to clot his blood). Being part of the StreetVet team has allowed me to be able to use my veterinary skills and knowledge where it is needed the most; towards mans best friend! Dogs are the most sincere form of companionship and the bond between them and their owners is so strong especially when living on the streets as the dog is often the only companion which is truly treasured. Through StreetVet I have witnessed the most amazing bond between the homeless dogs and their owners and being able to help such loving dogs stay fit and healthy is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I am so excited to be part of such a great intelligent team of caring veterinary professionals and look forward to meeting many more Street dogs and their owners!Caroline 🙂
- Jo BrandCambridge BranchJo BrandCambridge Branch
I have worked as a small animal vet for the last 20 years both in practice and more recently in a charity shelter. I have seen first hand how important the bond can be between owner and dog and am dismayed at how often people have to choose between a roof over their head or their canine companion. (Much rented accommodation in the UK doesn’t allow pets). I feel privileged to be able use my skills and qualifications to help those homeless on the streets who would not have the finances to access private Veterinary care for their much loved pet. I have 3 dogs of my own including 2 rescue dogs and can’t imagine being forced into a position where I would have to give them up. I have been involved in helping to set up StreetVet Cambridge and am looking forward to making a difference.
- Catherine SoffairCatherine Soffair
I'm Catherine and I graduated as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2010. Since then, apart from an interlude working with a vet in Lusaka, Zambia, I have been working in small animal general practice around London and in Hertfordshire. I still enjoy it as much as when I first qualified and am excited to become part of the inspring team at Streeet Vet.
- Claire LeeClaire LeeI have been a veterinary nurse for 10 years and volunteering with animals since the age of 14, first at horse stables on the weekend, then at a veterinary practice while I was still at school, and most recently volunteering yearly over seas for animal charities. I am passionate about using my skills and knowledge to help any animal that needs it, and giving back what I can to support my community, so when I heard about StreetVet that encompassed everything I am about, I was eager to get involved. I am currently studying for a degree in animal behaviour and the link between mental health and the human-animal bond is well established in both pet and human. It has never been more apparent then witnessing this bond between an owner and their dog surviving life together when times get tough. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of such a dedicated and compassionate team and organisation.
- Cat GlynnCat Glynn
My name is Cat Glynn and I graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2011. Since then I have worked in small animal practice in and around Bristol. I have an interest in veterinary business management and spend half of my week working at a large referral hospital as the Business Relationship Manager. I have a 14 year old cat at home called JoJo, who I love to pieces.
Having seen the fantastic work that StreetVet were doing in London I was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the team here in Bristol. Homelessness is a growing issue here, as it is all over the UK, and many people can be seen living on the streets with their beloved canine companions. These dogs are well looked after but sadly their owners often cannot afford or don’t have access to veterinary treatment for them. I have always wanted to do more to help Bristol’s homeless community and StreetVet has given me this opportunity. I am proud to work with such a great team of vets and nurses, who understand the central role that pets play in people’s lives and the importance of the human-animal bond.
- Ploy RadfordPloy Radford
Ploy is a London-based journalist who is animal-mad; dogs, cats and horses are particular favourites. After reading about the great work the StreetVet team is doing for the homeless community and their pets, Ploy had to sign up to help in some way, and so she assists with the admin. When not working as a journalist or sifting through StreetVet’s ever-flowing inbox, Ploy can be found horse riding or creating episodes for her podcast series, Millennials Now.
- Roz WrightRoz Wright
My name is Roz and I’m a vet who works at a busy veterinary hospital in Brighton. I have lived in and around the city most of my life and was keen to move back once I graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 2007. I have been saddened to see the homeless crisis in Brighton worsen again and have always wanted to help in some way, so I feel extremely privileged to be able to work as part of such an enthusiastic, motivated and caring team to try to make a difference. The impact that StreetVet has already had on the owners and their dogs in Brighton has been immense and extremely rewarding to see and I am looking forward to what we can achieve in the future. When I am not working I can be seen running with my big spotty dog, Teddy, along the seafront.
- Fraje WatsonFraje Watson
Hello, I’m Fraje. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2012. Since then I’ve been working at Fitzpatrick Referrals orthopaedic and neurology hospital in Surrey. In September 2017 I finished a Research Masters looking at behavioural and brain volumetric changes in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy, which I’d studied for part-time. I now work as the Research Coordinator at Fitzpatrick Referrals.
I wanted to keep using my clinical nursing skills and put them to good use with a charity. I discovered all the amazing work that StreetVet do via some ex-colleagues at Village Vet, where I’d done my nursing training. It’s quickly turned into my favourite part of the week and I’m really proud of the work this incredible charity does.
Hi I’m Trish. I’ve been a Veterinary Nurse for over 20 years. I’ve wanted to volunteer with a homeless charity for a while, Street Vets is perfect as it allows me to use my nursing abilities. Eli (my dog) and I have been blessed with a home and I volunteer to try and share some of that blessing.
- Amanda Charles CambridgeAmanda Charles Cambridge
I have been working as a small animal vet in Cambridgeshire for the last 15 years.
Seeing the increasing numbers of homeless people and their dogs in Cambridge and having a little bit of spare time when my youngest child started school I really wanted to help in any way I could .
After meeting and being inspired by Jade and Sam and what they had achieved I joined with other local volunteers to set up StreetVet in Cambridge . I am really excited to be part of this amazing team and using my veterinary skills to help.
- Helen SpencerHelen Spencer
Hi - I'm Helen, a London based Vet with 20 years experience. I've worked all over the world, mainly with donkeys and street dogs, and also own and run two Veterinary Clinics in South London. The number of homeless people is visibly increasing, and I am proud to be part of the StreetVet Team to ensure that their vital 4 legged companions are offered Veterinary care and support.
- Neerja MuncasterNeerja Muncaster
My name is Neerja Muncaster. I qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2002. I have been in small animal practice since then but have always been keen to volunteer. I have been fortunate enough to be able to volunteer abroad but always struggled to do so in the UK.
I am a close friend of Jade's. We both knew that when I heard about Streetvet I would want to be involved and do all that I can. I have lived in and around Brighton since 2005 and have been saddened to see the homeless crisis worsen considerably during this relatively short time period. The support and enthusiasm of fellow veterinary professionals has meant that Streetvet Brighton has grown quickly since its launch in November 2017. The support of the general public has been heartening and their generosity overwhelming.
For me personally this is what being a vet is all about. The human animal bond is immensely precious and I feel privileged to be in a position to help vulnerable owners and their cherished pets.
I have a two daughters , a 4 years and an18 months old and a 12 year old border terrier called Mojo. "Streetvetting" has quickly become part of our daily life and I am proud to be part of this organisation.
- Rebecca VennRebecca Venn
”Hi i’m Becky! I qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2015 and then worked as a small animal vet back home in Aberdeen for 2 years. I recently moved to Brighton and was taken aback by the sheer amount of people i see sleeping on the streets here every day. I was looking for ways to volunteer in my free time and to meet new people, so when I found out StreetVet was launching in Brighton, I jumped at the opportunity to help in the best way I can.“