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Volunteering opportunities in the UK

Get involved in the Education and Welfare castration clinics and much more.

BEVA Trust works with the British Horse Society (BHS) and five other major horse welfare charities (Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Blue Cross, RSPCA, Horseworld and World Horse Welfare) to offer Education and Welfare Clinics in the UK.

The clinics will provide castrations, dental care, farriery, worming, microchipping and passporting for horses identified to be in need. The clinics would not be successful without the veterinary expertise that BEVA Trust provides.

Please see below for opportunities to volunteer at an Education and Welfare Clinic and how to apply to volunteer

Current volunteering opportunities

Planning for the Education and Welfare Spring Clinics in 2020 is underway.

    If you are interested in volunteering and would like to added to the mailing list to be notified when new dates are published please email leaya@beva.org.uk

    How to register for volunteering

    To volunteer for any of the 2019 castration clinics please email leaya@beva.org.uk with your level of experience working with standing castrations. It is important you have performed a small number of standing castrations before. 

    What is expected of volunteers

    Volunteers must be BEVA members and qualified vets or vet nurses (unless you are attending as a student with a University Veterinary Surgeon / Lecturer.  The team consists of approximately 8-10 volunteers which is a mix of equine vets and equine vet nurses. Volunteers will be required to assist with health checks, castrations, passports and micro-chipping. It is also valuable to give dental health checks to the horses and at the same time educating the owner on the importance of keeping a healthy horses mouth.  If you are able to offer dental services, please let us know when you register your interest.

    have you volunteered At a beva trust clinic before

    If you have volunteered with the BEVA Trust before, we would like to give you a gilet to say thank you for dedicating your time to the Trust. Simply complete the order form and email to leaya@beva.org.uk All we ask is that you cover the postage cost of £10.

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    Background information

    In 2015 the BEVA Trust joined forces with The British Horse Society (BHS) and many other major horse welfare charities. The project aims is to open lines of communication with owners whose horses are deemed “at risk” through the provision of subsidised castration, microchipping and tetanus vaccination along with dental health checks and farriery is available. The BEVA Trust contribute to these events by coordinating the necessary veterinary expertise.

    Over the past three years the BHS has coordinated a number of events which have been delivered working with partners including local veterinary practices and the BEVA Trust. These events not only help to get new groups of horse owners engaged with veterinary care but also have direct benefits in terms of equine identification, some reduction in indiscriminate breeding and some protection from disease.

    Field Officers from the BHS, WHW and RSPCA identify “appropriate cases” for these clinics and the owners are invited to register for the clinic where they will, for a fee and subject to certain provisos, be castrated and microchipped. “Appropriate cases” must meet a number of criteria including that they come from within a 20-mile radius and the Field Officer must consider that the colt/stallion would not be castrated were it not for the clinic.

    All known equine veterinary practices covering the source area are contacted with the date, venue and rationale for the clinics (many offer to help). They are also asked if they would be willing to provide emergency call out cover after the event should any post-operative complications arise. The contact details of the appropriate practices are given to the owners along with very comprehensive (illustrated) discharge notes. All attendees receive check-up calls from the BHS a few days after the castration.

    Whilst there is a clear contract in place stating any follow-up fees are to be covered by the horse owner, the BHS are ultimately responsible for any reasonable unpaid bills. Owners will bring colts and stallions to the site where they are castrated on a “conveyor belt” system which enables twenty or more horses to be castrated in a day. All horses must be booked on to the day in advance and are given a specific timeslot.

    A lead veterinary surgeon (LVS) is always identified and is responsible for overseeing the successful running of the veterinary team on the day. Any questions or queries can be discussed with the LVS. Each vet will be placed with a colleague or individual depending on experience. Handlers are always available to help with holding each of the ponies/horses if the owner prefers not to be present.  

    No horse is allowed to leave the site without authorisation from the supervising vet.