Jade and Sam were extremely proud to announce that StreetVet became a charity in early 2019 after several years of hard work. This has boosted our public profile, opened new revenues of funding and allowed Jade to devote more working hours to the running of the organisation. StreetVet strives to remain transparent so that supporters understand the work we do and where their donations go. In order to maintain the integrity and smooth running of StreetVet we have appointed a board of talented and experienced trustees. The trustees volunteer their time to guide and develop the charity into the future, ensuring funds are spent wisely and that animal and human welfare are at the forefront of all that we do.
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.
- George RuizGeorge Ruiz
I joined StreetVet as a finance professional with over 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and retail sectors. I currently serve as Director of Finance & Corporate Services at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, with overall responsibility for Finance, IT, Risk and Compliance, Estates and Facilities, Legacies, and Retail. Prior to this, I held senior finance positions at Prostate Cancer UK, St John Ambulance, The Royal Collection and Sainsbury’s. I have a passion for supporting charities in delivering their mission and developing sustainable finances.
In addition, I also serve as a school governor and sit on the Finance and Risk Committees at Amnesty International UK and the Association of Dogs & Cats Homes. Finally, I am the proud owner of two rescue centre cats.
- Paul ManktelowMBA MSc BVMS MRCVSPaul ManktelowMBA MSc BVMS MRCVS
It was a huge honour to be asked to sit on the Board of Trustees for such a wonderful charity.
I’ve worked in the veterinary charity sector since 2003 helping the most vulnerable people in society. My current role as Principal of Vet Services at PDSA involves being responsible for all veterinary services in the south of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Never one to sit still, my veterinary career has led me in many different directions including business development, strategy, writing, radio and even working as a TV presenter!
I’m excited about bringing my ideas and expertise to the team and I think Sam and Jade have done a fantastic job in laying down solid foundations for StreetVet’s future success. The ethos and values of StreetVet are truly inspiring and they resonate throughout the whole charity and it’s dedicated volunteers.
The cause is undeniable and the impact on homeless people and their pets is truly immeasurable. I’m really looking forward to being part of StreetVet’s next chapter.
- Neil SmithNeil Smith
I qualified as a vet in 1989. Since then I’ve had an eclectic career in the Army for the last 30 years and I am currently the Chief Vet. As part of my military role, I hold the appointment of Queen’s Honorary Veterinary Surgeon.
I was a Trustee of the Blue Cross for 7 years, so I am familiar with the animal welfare charity sector. I helped set up StreetVet Birmingham in June 2018, which is the largest ‘branch’ outside of London.
StreetVet really chimes with many vets and vet nurses, helping improve the welfare of animals and supporting the human animal bond of a vulnerable group of society, and I’m keen to be part of the team.
- Sian ThornthwaiteSian Thornthwaite
I’m a transport engineer by training (with my PhD specialising in children’s transport and safety). I also have a legal and management background and, until recently worked, in senior management consultancy roles in the UK and overseas including the Middle East, US and EU. Alongside work, I’ve undertaken a range of voluntary work including 20 years as a youth and adult court magistrate and 10 years as a member of the Independent Monitoring Boards in two prisons. I was also a trustee of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies for six years.
I moved to live in Northern Ireland two years ago, and now work part time for the Strategic Investment Board based in Belfast. Having had beagles since I left university, I now have two hounds - one very elderly and the other a lively adolescent!
My interest in StreetVet was prompted by seeing a piece on TV. I contacted Jade offering to help, and a few months later – out of the blue - she called; and it’s been a privilege to support the organisation and meet its volunteers over the past twelve months.
- Rebecca MaynardRebecca Maynard
I have spent 20 years working and volunteering in the non-profit sector with the last 10 focused on international development and disaster relief. My main focus as a director was on fundraising and communications but I have also been heavily involved in service delivery.
Most recently I was taken on to be part of a small team setting up disaster relief charity Team Rubicon UK as Director of Development. This role included development of financial and legal compliance, policies, risk management, training, recruitment and development of a fundraising strategy. I am currently studying for a Masters degree in disaster management.
I have volunteered for homeless charities regularly over the last 15 years and I often look after my friends’ dogs since losing my own Labrador, Millie.