Christmas arrived early for a quintuple of charities, which are set to receive a share of £3,000 as chosen recipients of the RCVS’ Christmas box donation.

christmas-sack-964342_1920-(1)The annual donation is made to the president’s chosen charities in lieu of the college sending Christmas cards.

President Chris Tufnell’s chosen charities are:

  • Vetlife
  • Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
  • PDSA
  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
  • The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT)

Any money Dr Tufnell raises throughout his presidency will also go to these recipients.

Wide effect

Dr Tufnell said: “I chose the charities because I’m dedicated to charities that have a wide effect. The GHDT and PDSA, by improving the health and welfare of animals, directly benefit the health and wellbeing of the communities they work in.

“The GHDT dramatically improves people’s lives economically by increasing the working lives of their animals, almost all of which are transport animals, while PDSA enhances the lives of the less well off by allowing them to keep animals and afford their veterinary care.

“RDA and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People then both use animals to help people, strengthening the vital human-animal bond that runs through all of these charities.”


Dr Tufnell added: “You have to witness the interaction between deaf or disabled people with the dogs and ponies respectively to fully appreciate how much this means to them. Unlike single interventions, these charities provide assistance that keeps on giving.

“Finally, none of this is possible without a healthy veterinary community and Vetlife plays a significant part in ensuring this. Good mental health and well-being are essential to the delivery of a good service, and it’s important we do everything we can to ensure any veterinary professionals that suffer get the assistance they need.”

The charities thanked Dr Tufnell and the RCVS for choosing them.

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