The Blue Cross mobile clinic will be visiting its second Islington location from Tuesday 18 April 2017. Blue Cross provides veterinary care for pets whose owners are on certain benefits and might otherwise struggle to afford to take their pet to a private vet. The new service will be at Highbury every Tuesday the 'vet on wheels' service will be at Highbury Fields (opposite Calabria Road) from 09.30am until midday and 1.00pm until 3,30pm.
The mobile vet clinic is also at Islington Green every Thursday, so local pet owners have two opportunities every week. The service offers preventative care, including vaccinations, worm and flea treatment, microchipping and general check-ups. The vet will also be able to offer advice on all aspects of pet care. Animals requiring more extensive tests or treatment will be referred to the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria.
Mark Bossley, Blue Cross Chief Vet said: "We are delighted to be coming to Highbury for the first time. It is so important for owners to keep their pets healthy and make sure they are protected from nasty diseases. We are delighted to be in Islington twice a week to help with any concerns or worries and hope to meet new pets and their owners over the weeks and months to come."
The clinic operates on a 'first come first served' basis so pet owners are advised to arrive early to make sure they can see the vet and bring proof of benefits with them.
To find out more about the mobile clinic service and what proof of benefits and identification is needed to register please visit www.bluecross.org.uk or call the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria on 0300 777 1890.
Blue Cross receives no government funding and relies on the generous support of the public to continue its vital work. To find out more about the charity, to make a donation or to see pets currently needing a loving new home please visit www.bluecross.org.uk.
Notes to Editors
- Image of the clinic at Highbury Fields is available and media are welcome to visit the clinic.
- The Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria is thought to be the oldest hospital of its kind in the world. Established in 1906, it was rebuilt in 1999 and officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November 2001.
- Blue Cross veterinary hospitals and clinics across the UK provide treatment and care for the pets of owners who cannot afford private vets’ fees and undertakes thousands of consultations every year.
- Blue Cross has been dedicated to helping poorly, injured and abandoned pets for over 100 years. We opened the world’s first animal hospital in 1906 and since then our doors have never closed to sick and homeless animals.
- Today we run 12 rehoming centres, a network of volunteer foster carers and four animal hospitals across the UK, which provide treatment and seek happy homes for thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses every year.
- Blue Cross actively campaigns to improve all aspects of animal welfare, working with the government, schools and others to improve the lives of pets and their owners. For more information, please visit www.bluecross.org.uk.
- Blue Cross is part of the Veterinary Animal Welfare Coalition; a group of the UK’s leading veterinary organisations and charities delivering veterinary services, which includes the British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), Blue Cross, British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), PDSA, RSPCA and USPCA. The Coalition was formed to meet the recommendations in the Vet Futures and VN Futures project and aims to deliver awareness raising and behaviour change communication campaigns, based around responsible pet ownership and the five welfare needs as outlined in the UK’s Animal Welfare Acts.
Louise Lee, Blue Cross, 020 7932 4066 or [email protected]