The Regional Community Veterinary Clinic has received a $200,000 grant from the state government through the Animal Welfare Grants Program to establish Victoria’s first Regional Community Veterinary Clinic in Mount Alexander Shire.
RCVC is a non-profit veterinary clinic and will provide socially and financially disadvantaged seniors in the community with access to affordable preventative veterinary care for their pets. This will include helping the most vulnerable to continue living at home with pets.
RCVC co-founder and treasurer Robyn Slattery said she was thrilled to have been successful in securing the grant.
The news comes as the group held another successful session on Sunday, helping community members de-sex their cats. The funding will help the group build a dedicated home to continue their work.
“We recognize the importance of companion animals in maintaining the physical and mental well-being of individuals,” Robyn said.
“By supporting the health and well-being of pets, we reduce owner anxiety and increase overall health and well-being.
“By enabling access to affordable preventive veterinary care, our goal is to legitimize the importance of animal companionship for people facing various forms of disadvantage,” she said.
RCVC is dedicated to proving this well-being to the residents of Mount Alexander Shire initially, and to the greater region in the years to come.
“We encourage and invite the community to join us in achieving this first for the Victoria region,” said Robyn.
If you would like to get involved, contact RCVC by email [email protected] or by phone on 0493 447 394.
The estimated construction cost of the clinic is $400,000 and the group is now embarking on a campaign to raise the balance of funds needed.
To be kept informed of its progress, register your interest at rcvc.org.au.