A service that gives free veterinary care to homeless and vulnerably housed people in Nottingham has received £5,000 from the Aviva Community Fund.

Vets in the Community is a student run project at the University of Nottingham and was one of nine organisations across Nottinghamshire that received crucial funding.

‘it provides a completely unique setting for teaching’
Rachel dean, co founder

Founded in 2012, the service is provided by trainees at the university’s vet school and gives free vaccinations, health checks and micro-chips, along with treatments for fleas, worms and minor injuries to the pets that need it most.

The clinic, which has treated over 300 animals, is based at the Big Issue Office on Carlton Road. It now runs once a fortnight thanks to increased funding and donations.

Ruby, one of the dogs helped by the project.

The 5,000 win will be used to purchase essentials such as drugs for vaccinations, food and supplies for pet owners in the homeless community.

Kaitlin Turnball, a veterinary student, explains what the project means to people.

Thanks to Vets in the Community, alongside helping vulnerable people, veterinary students at the University of Nottingham have the opportunity to gain real-life experience in a clinical setting.

Rachel Dean, the co-founder of the project, said ‘It provides a completely unique setting for teaching and the work that we do is very similar to that of a general practice’.

The clinic can help anyone that is able to provide proof of their income and situation.