Two veterinary nurses will fly to the other side of the world later this year to help care for animals in need.

Ashley Whitehead (left) and Amy Hood will be traveling to Sri Lanka in November to help dogs in need.

Registered veterinary nurses Ashley Whitehead and Amy Hood – who work for White Cross Vets in Coulby Newham near Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire – will be travelling to Sri Lanka in November with the World Veterinary Service and the Dogstar Foundation.

They will help neuter dogs, prevent infectious diseases, treat illness and injuries, and educate communities about essential pet care.

The two nurses are taking part in the 10km Stockton River Rat Race on August 29 and are appealing for sponsorship money, which they will use to provide Dogstar Foundation with materials, medications, vaccinations and funds.

Miss Hood said: “As well as donating our time, our goal is to raise £1,000 for the charity and, despite neither of us being runners, we thought entering the Stockton River Rat Race would be a great way of raising the funds.

“Dogstar helps stray dogs overseas, as well as dogs that have owners, but are often left to roam free.

“The non-profit organisation relies heavily on public donations and professional volunteers, so Ashley and I were really keen to put ourselves forward and help make a difference.”

White Cross Vets will be donating drugs, consumables and suture materials for the nurses to take with them. Both nurses will be using their annual holiday, as well as their two “donation days” – which White Cross Vets awards to every team member enabling them to volunteer for good causes – to spend 10 days working with the charity.

The two thanked everyone who has supported them, including family members, friends, clients, colleagues and management.

To sponsor the nurses, visit or telephone White Cross Vets on 01642 576333 or email

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