BEVA Trust calls for volunteers

The BEVA Trust is calling for volunteers to help with their education and welfare clinics which they are running in partnership with the British Horse Society (BHS). The clinics are set to restart in September after 15 months of not running due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The BEVA Trust provides opportunities, support and funding to allow BEVA members to volunteer for projects that aim to improve equine welfare on both a local and global scale. 

The BEVA Trust and the BHS have worked together for the past six years running education and welfare clinics around the UK. With practical support from a number of other equine welfare charities, the clinics provide education, dental care, farriery, worming, microchipping, passporting and even castration if required, for horses identified to be in need.

To date, almost 200 BEVA members, together with nurses, students, and farriers have volunteered their time and expertise to help a total of 1307 horses and ponies and a total of 599 horses have been castrated.

The BEVA Trust is looking for volunteers for clinics on Thursday 16th September at Clitheroe Auction Market in Lancashire and on Thursday 30th September at Ashford Cattle Market in Kent. Volunteers must be BEVA members and qualified vets or vet nurses (unless attending as a student with a University Veterinary Surgeon or Lecturer). Approximately 8-10 volunteers are needed for each clinic, to include a mix of equine vets and equine vet nurses. 

BEVA equine welfare volunteers

“We are delighted to be able to start running these important clinics again,” said Julian Samuelson, BEVA Trust Chair. “Volunteers will be required to assist with health checks, castrations, passports and micro-chipping. It is also valuable to give dental health checks to the horses. If you can offer dental services, please let us know when you register your interest.”

The clinics have been supported by Zoetis, Bransby, Blue Cross, Redwings, World Horse Welfare and the RSPCA.  Also thanks to a £50,000 grant from South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) the BHS recently acquired a special healthcare vehicle for use at all future clinics.  

The latest Covid guidelines will be in place for each clinic. You can find out more about the BEVA Trust’s work here: www.beva.org.uk/BEVA-Trust

To volunteer for the BEVA Trust please contact Leaya Slater leaya@beva.org.uk

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