Being a local, independent community vet is central to our ethos.
From 2010 – 2014 we arranged and ran the Pets in the Park event which attracted pet owners and their families from all over Cheshire for a free fun day out. Over the years we had attractions including ferret racing, rare breed poultry and exotic animals such as a crocodile, racoon, skunk and sugar gliders. Sadly the event became a victim of its own success and grew so big that we were unable to get a licence from the Council.
We regularly get involved with local, smaller dog shows – whether as a sponsor or actually organising them.
Although all our vets and nurses work long hours many of them are happy to go out into the community to give talks when time allows. This is very popular with schools, especially when the topic is 'people who help us', but we have also been out to community groups, specific pet owning groups etc.
All our vets are pet owners themselves and will often take a furry friend along (if permitted)
Whilst groups of pet owners may want a talk regarding routine pet care or a specific disease, schools visits are generally fun events in which we can get the children to find the microchip on our toy dog, or bandage his leg. We can show them 'interesting' things in jars - if they're not squeamish and let them look at x-rays (You wouldn't believe what dogs swallow), and even dress up as vets. We have worksheets for various abilities and ages and every child gets a sticker. Teachers will find they are able to do a lot of follow up work and creative play following a visit from a vet. If you want to set up a 'play' vet clinic in the school following our visit we usually have some posters to hand to help it look more realistic.
If you would like us to visit your school or local event please contact your nearest surgery - we can't promise to always say yes as we are very busy but we will try our best to help.
In addition if you are a secondary school and are holding a careers fair if time allows we can come along and talk to students about the various jobs available at a veterinary practice from Kennel Nurse right through to vet, the work entailed, likely pay and qualifications and training needed.
When possible we will also attend outside events - school fetes, local shows etc with our vet roadshow - giving the public the opportunity to talk to our vets and nurses for help and advice.
We are approached on a regular basis for sponsorship – everything from buying a football team strip to sponsoring a barrel at a local beer festival. Obviously we cannot support everything so we continue with some of our long standing arrangements and now focus our attention on supporting animal related causes.