Virbac Shows Support for Glasgow Student Vet Project Trusty Paws

Virbac is to provide a project run by Glasgow student vets with vaccines and parasite control products. Trusty Paws was set up last year by fourth year veterinary student Ruby Shorrock and a group of her fellow students to provide basic veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people in Glasgow.

Working with organisations which help the homeless, the students provide monthly clinics during which they give free vaccinations and flea/worm treatments to animals owned by the homeless.  They also microchip them and give out bedding, food and clothing for the dogs and their owners.

Virbac is providing its Canigen DHPPi and Lepto vaccines to Trusty Paws, as well as its recently launched Milpro wormer and its Effipro spot-on flea treatment.

Pet nutrition specialist Royal Canin is also supplying marketing assistance to help Trusty Paws spread its good pet-care message and encourage those in need to visit the clinic. They will also provide clinical diets to those pets in need of specialised nutrition.

Commenting on the work of Trusty Paws, Ruby Shorrock said:  ” Glasgow is in desperate need of this service as there is very little in place to help homeless people with animals – not even a dog-friendly hostel.  We provide preventative care for their dogs in a friendly environment where they can also have a warm drink, a sandwich and a chat.   We rely on fundraising and donations to keep the clinics running and also fundraise to help any dogs with major health problems so that they can made more  comfortable for their hard life on the city’s streets.

“For many homeless people, their dogs are a treasured companion.  Protecting them from disease and parasites is the most important thing we can do to help them continue to benefit from this companionship.

“We are very grateful to both Virbac and Royal Canin for their generous support.”

Simon Boulton MRCVS, Head of Marketing (Companion Animal Business Unit) at Virbac, said:  “In setting up Trusty Paws, Ruby and her colleagues are providing a vital service to animals in dire need of basic veterinary care.  They are also extending the hand of friendship and support to homeless people in Glasgow, who already face a difficult life and value the unconditional love they get from their pet so highly.  We were inspired by the fantastic work they are doing and are delighted to support them by donating our vaccines and parasite control products to them.”

”Ruby and her team are truly inspirational in their efforts and Trusty Paws is an excellent initiative in allowing students to practice their clinical and client-care skills.  It’s great to hear that Glasgow vet students are doing their part to ensure the positive experience of having a pet extends to all who appreciate their company,” said Lee Danks, Royal Canin’s Veterinary Scientific Support Manager.

Anyone wanting to support Trusty Paws is asked to contact them via its facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/trustypaws/info

Founded by a veterinary surgeon, Virbac is dedicated to supporting the veterinary profession through the development of innovative products and services, which help animals to lead longer, healthier lives.  One of the largest independent veterinary pharmaceutical companies in the world, its wide product portfolio includes many market-leading and award-winning products for large and small animals.

It has recently launched  Virtual Virbac, a pioneering, interactive communications portal to keep practices up to date with the latest information on Virbac products.  By scanning the Virtual Virbac image using the free Blippar app on a smart device, the image ‘comes to life’, enabling veterinary professionals to interact  with a range of clinical and support information on key Virbac products.

Virbac (www.virbac.co.uk) aims to work in close partnership with its customers, providing the advice and support they need to run successful, profitable businesses.  Many of the services it offers are available through its innovative practice support portal www.my-virbac.co.uk.