Two team members at a veterinary firm have returned from Greece after spending a fortnight with a charity project caring for sick animals.

Vet Sophie Wyatt, left, and RVN Jane Gallagher, at the Animal Care Samos project on the Greek island of Samos.

YourVets, which has seven practices in the midlands and Essex, sent vet Sophie Wyatt, from its Coventry clinic, and registered veterinary nurse Jane Gallagher, from Wythall, to the Animal Care Samos charity project on the island of Samos.

They helped neuter, vaccinate and treat some of the thousands of dogs and cats on the island, where there is no permanent vet.

Miss Wyatt said the charity did incredible work and they were honoured to be a part of the programme.

“We were so thrilled to have the chance to get out there and care for animals in need – and there were plenty that required our help,” she said.

“We spent much of our time neutering cats, shelter dogs and some locally owned dogs, but there were some random incidents along the way. We were called out to a cat that had been hit by a car, as well as to help a seal with a breathing problem – there was never a dull moment.”

She said she and Miss Gallagher had been keen to share their knowledge so their techniques could be used after they left.

“We blood tested some shelter dogs and showed the charity president, Farida, how to take jugular blood samples like we do in the UK for diseases spread by sand flies and ticks,” she said.

“It was an incredibly rewarding experience and something we’d encourage all vets to partake in.”

The trip was such a success, YourVets is planning to send its staff to other projects overseas to continue providing essential medical help to animals far and wide.

Company chief executive Janet Martin said Miss Wyatt and Miss Gallagher had worked extremely hard in Samos.

“They came back with some incredible stories – we’re very proud of their achievements,” she said.

“They have proven how incredibly worthwhile is to use their skills in areas of the world where animal care is often unavailable and underfunded.

“YourVets is committed to developing staff through hands-on experience, so this was a fantastic opportunity for some of our team to utilise their clinical skills and help a portion of the huge number of stray animals in the world.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the plight of animals in Samos can visit www.animalcaresamos.com

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