Veterinary nurses from a York-based practice are inviting clients to get their claws out for charity as part of Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month (VNAM).

VN Tracey Pulleyn (left) with animal nursing assistant Jennifer Draper and cat Channelle.

The Minster Veterinary Practice is offering a free claw clipping service for cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs during May, in return for donations to its stray fund.

Minster set up the fund to help pay for treatment for stray animals and wildlife brought into the practice.

Lost and found

Over the past 12 months, a plethora of animals have been brought into its hospital for emergency treatment or because they are lost or abandoned, including:

  • 15 hedgehogs
  • 50 cats
  • 18 dogs
  • 5 bats
  • 3 wild rabbits
VNs Tracey Pulleyn (right) and Anna Fairley with boxer Gyp.

The hospital doesn’t turn away animals, and all receive veterinary treatment and care until they are reunited with owners, found new homes or can be returned to the wild. It costs £10,000 a year to treat sick or injured animals, and the practice set up the fund to help cover the cost.

Paws for thought

The claw clipping offer is part of VNAM, aimed at spreading the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in practice.

Minster senior nurse Tracey Pulleyn said: “We have a huge amount of wildlife and stray pets handed in every year and we are always looking at way to raise money for our stray fund.

“Claw clipping is just one of the many jobs done by VNs, so we thought we could both highlight the role we play in practice and raise money.

“We decided it would be a good idea to set up the stray fund to help our work in treating sick or injured stray animals and wildlife. It is an important part of our job and we are dedicated to helping.”

  • To follow Minster’s VNAM efforts, visit the practice’s Facebook page.
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