Veterinary volunteers care for the pets of vulnerable people in Toronto.
Our outreach projects have become a fixture of WSAVA World Congresses in recent years with #WSAVA2019 no exception. This year, around 30 delegates supported an outreach day before Congress run by Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO), a charity set up by this year’s WSAVA Global One Health Award recipient, Dr Michelle Lem.
The delegates spent the morning learning about the work of CVO and discussing how to set up and run a successful One Health clinic. During the afternoon, they participated in one of CVO’s One Health clinics hosted by the Yonge Street Mission in Toronto and helping to provide veterinary care for homeless and vulnerably-housed pet owners. They worked alongside human health services, including those offering oral care and support with smoking reduction/cessation.
Commenting, Dr Natasha Lee, a Member of the WSAVA’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee, said: “Participating in this year’s outreach project was an inspiring experience with many delegates commenting on the strong bond they observed between the owners and their animals. We congratulate Dr Lem on establishing CVO, which is providing great benefit to many vulnerable people and their pets in Toronto.”