We are shocked by the violent scenes from the war in Ukraine, and condemn the invasion. Our thoughts are with the people and animals affected.
*Update 11th April 2022
The war in Ukraine continues to cause massive trauma and disruption to the Ukrainian people.
We are now supporting a new programme called Vets for Ukrainian Pets which gives Ukrainian refugees access to free veterinary treatment in 38 European countries.
Launched by animal charity Humane Society International
and partners, and coordinated by the FVE - Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
, the programme covers treatment costs of up to five dogs, cats, horses or other pet animals. Up to 250 euros is dedicated per animal, for acute care and medication, rabies and other vaccinations as well as microchipping and medical examination required for safe passage through the EU.
IVC Evidensia will accept the Vets for Ukrainian Pets vouchers in all our clinics in the UK and Europe.
Vets for Ukrainian Pets will run until 21 May 2022. Further details of the programme can be found here
Our thoughts remain with all the people and animals affected by this tragic situation.
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*8th May 2022
IVC Evidensia is making a financial donation of £100,000 to Red Cross International, on behalf of all our employees, to contribute to the humanitarian response to the war.
We want to provide meaningful assistance to the large number of pets being displaced, alongside their owners. Those travelling to unfamiliar places with their pets shouldn’t need to worry about how they will access or afford veterinary care, so we have immediately broadened the scope of our Care Fund by expanding it into Estonia and Latvia, two countries new to the Group, that are supporting Ukrainian refugees in most need of this aid. And we have widened the support that the Care Fund can provide by meeting the costs of any vaccination, blood sampling and certification that may be required to legalise a pet in a new country.
Our online veterinary advice provider, Pawsquad, is providing free consultations with translation services to support pet owners either in Ukraine or fleeing the war. Advice is available from English-speaking vets 24 hours a day at www.pawsquad.com
We continue to investigate other ways we can support, through donations of medical supplies or pet foods, fundraising efforts by our local clinic teams or by providing temporary or permanent employment for our Ukrainian veterinary colleagues who have been forced to leave their country.
Our thoughts remain with our colleagues, those who have family in Ukraine at this time, and all the people and animals affected by this tragic situation.