CVS Supports Search and Rescue Dogs

Vicky with some of the SARDA volunteers and their dogs

CVS has donated vaccines for the dogs of the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA), England, which assists in the search and rescue of individuals missing or in difficulties in inhospitable terrain and open country, collapsed structures or watercourses. The charity’s dogs, all owned by their handlers, have recently completed a busy deployment helping in flood-hit regions of the UK, including Cumbria and Yorkshire.

On Saturday 5 March 2016, the dogs and handlers met for their March National Training Weekend at Castleshaw Outdoor Centre in Oldham.  During the day, CVS vet Vicky Weedon from Yorkshire-based West Mount Vets, gave them all a health check and vaccinated them.  Ms Weedon has a long-standing relationship with the charity and its dogs.

Commenting on the day, she said:  “I have been involved with SARDA for several years now and it is always a pleasure to meet up with this amazing group of volunteers and their dogs.  As a keen hill walker, I hope I never need the service they provide, but if I did, I know I would be in excellent hands.  I am very grateful to West Mount Vets and to CVS for continuing to support SARDA.”

Steve Ward, Trustee and Graded Dogs Training Officer from SARDA England, added:  “The check-ups, treatments and vaccinations provided free by CVS are essential in maintaining the health of our most valuable assets, our search dogs.  This vital help ensures our dog teams are in top condition and ready for the next call out.”

Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff whilst continuing to invest in the development of their clinical skills and in research to drive the profession forward.  It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential.  CVS’ guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers.  The company works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.