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Charities working towards common goals

Charities working towards common goals

Sean Wensley

Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Communication & Education, PDSA

Steve Howard

Head of Clinical Services, PDSA

Common goal
Common goal

Companionship <-> Healthy & happy

Section 9: Duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare

The 5 Freedoms

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst

  • Freedom from discomfort

  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease

  • Freedom to express normal behaviour

  • Freedom from fear and distress

  • Its need for a suitable environment

  • Its need for a suitable diet

  • Its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns

  • Any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals

  • Its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease

Hospitals welfare

Pet Health & welfare

Welfare Team

The pdsa animal wellbeing paw report
The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report welfare

  • 11,124 respondents

  • 5,317 cat owners

  • 4,675 dog owners

  • 1,132 rabbit owners

Ownership survey
Ownership survey welfare


Ownership survey1
Ownership survey welfare

  • 26% - no research at all before taking on a pet

  • 26% - would consider getting a dog from a puppy farm

  • 33% - veterinary fees were more than they expected

Collaborative actions

Participation events welfare

Reporting to improve breed health & welfare

Collaborative actions

Collaborative actions welfare

Cat Population Control Group

Collaborative actions1
Collaborative actions welfare

Dog Breeding Stakeholder Group

>3000 free dog microchips in April 2014

What does pdsa do
What does PDSA do? welfare


A healthy life for all our pets


Our mission is to care for the pets of people in need by providing free veterinary services to their sick and injured animals and promoting responsible pet ownership.

What does pdsa achieve
What does PDSA achieve? welfare

  • PDSA helped around 430,000 pets at our 51 PetAid hospitals.

  • PDSA provided around 2.3 million free treatments for pets.

  • PDSA provided over 440,000 preventive treatments such as neutering and vaccinations in 2013

  • It cost over £860,000

    to run a PetAid hospital

    for a year

How do we do it
How do we do it? welfare

  • Offer a first opinion service that would be affordable by an average fee paying client.

  • Appropriate for a charity to provide

  • Defined Scope of Service

  • Standardised service range and level

  • Well developed clinical governance framework

    • Treatment protocols

    • Audits

What sort of service quality do we provide
What sort of service quality do we provide? welfare

Range of products and services

Audit – Post Operative Complications

Why are we here
Why are we here? welfare

  • Discussions with Kennel Club

  • Major cost of veterinary charges

  • PDSA able to provide service to other charities through trading subsidiary.

  • Provision of PDSA services to KCBRS

  • Major complexity - 310 societies

How could it work
How could it work? welfare

  • Kennel Club acts as central point of contact

  • Liaison with PDSA Head office

    • Central billing

    • Standardised ‘proof of identity’

  • Local relationships

    • Registration at PDSA

    • Accessing of services at ‘charitable prices’

Next steps
Next Steps welfare

  • Continue to work on the details

    • Administrative

    • Operational

    • Financial

  • Identify areas for a trial

    • 3-5 PDSA PetAid hospitals

    • Local breed rescue societies

  • Evaluation and potential roll out