At Vet Nurse Online we aim to help VNs in volunteering worldwide and so introduced this Grant in 2013, and through this have helped send members to South Africa, Sri Lanka and India to volunteer with animals and use their skills to make a real difference.
2013: The Grant of £500 was awarded to Louise Ellerton, a VN who went on to volunteer at a small charity in Sri lanka, Home and Abroad Animal Welfare, where she worked to improve animal health and welfare on the island. And, a second Grant of £250 went to VN Emma Simmons who will be volunteering at The Tree of Life for Animals Hospital in India. Both projects will directly benefit many animals in need and both also help with education in the aim of improving animal welfare long term, so are really worthwhile causes that are great to be able to support through the Vet Nurse Online Volunteering for Animal Welfare Grants.
2014: The Grant for £500 was awarded to Ashley Crews, a VN who volunteers “all the time” raising orphaned puppies and kittens in the UK. Ashley’s dedication to her volunteer work was so clear from her application form that we thought she really deserves the award, which will be spent on an incubator to help her with her busy work and give the puppies and kittens she cares for the best possible chance. Ashley has hand reared over a hundred puppies and kittens through her work and for the RSPCA, and does it all at the same time as her vet nurse day job, using her nursing skills at home as well as at work.
2015: We were again inundated with applications for the Vet Nurse Online Volunteering for Animal Welfare Grant and decided to award it to a member who plans to travel to South Africa to help with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Samantha Brown is taking the trip where she will be helping to take care of injured and orphaned wildlife. For more info about the project Samantha is going to work at see http://www.moholoholo.co.za/, it certainly looks an amazing place that does some really worthwhile work, so its great to be able to award her the Grant to help out with it.
2016: We have decided for 2016 to award the Vet Nurse Online Volunteering for Animal Welfare Grant, of £500, to Amy Baron, a VN who cares for the stray cats of Bangkok in her charity PAWS, and would like to highlight the incredible work the charity does. Amy benefits from the free online CPD provided by Vet Nurse Online to such charities and projects abroad, and we spent the day at the charity a few years ago and so saw first hand what fantastic work is done there. The charity provides a huge range of veterinary services and it is fantastic to be able to help in this way. For anyone interested in volunteering in Bangkok, or for more information about PAWS take a look at https://www.facebook.com/pawsbangkok/.