Many of our vet practices are already embedded within their local community, having strong links to animal charities and rehoming centres in the area. In May 2016 we launched ‘Community Vet of Choice’ to help our veterinary practices become a vital and treasured part of their community.
We provide vets with materials to support their engagement with pet owners and with local animal organisations. Vets have been particularly keen to embrace opportunities to help pet owners understand issues like firework anxiety and suggest appropriate strategies to help them and their pets deal with the stress fireworks can cause. Firework anxiety workshops were run by 176 practices in the first year. Pet First Aid workshops were also popular, with 60 practices running these workshops. Work is underway to encourage further participation among our Joint Venture partners and to develop additional workshops that vets can provide locally.