Practices have been urged to donate equipment and supplies to relief efforts in the Australian bush fires by a VN who spearheaded a collection by her surgery.
An estimated one billion animals have been killed, injured and displaced by the fires, which have destroyed millions of hectares across New South Wales and Victoria.
In response, RVN Robyn Hibberd led efforts to collect equipment at her practice – Springfield Veterinary Surgery in Midhurst, West Sussex – that resulted in 11kg of supplies being sent to The Rescue Collective, which supports wildlife rescues across eastern Australia.
Among the items sent were:
- bandage materials
- medical pet shirts
- buster collars
- pillowcases to be used as joey pouches
- baby bottles and teats
- rehydration support sachets
- incontinence pads
- sterile surgical drapes
- sterile surgical instruments
- cotton wool
- giving sets
- gauze swabs
- general sale wound spray and E45 cream to treat the burned hands of rescuers
Miss Hibberd said: “I want to encourage more people and practices to donate whatever they can.
“It was important for me to make sure the items I was sending were not restricted. I telephoned the BSAVA and spoke to the RCVS for advice on this – both were very helpful and I would urge others to do the same.”
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