Veterinarians unite to support fellow Ukrainian doctors

The veterinary profession has come together to provide direct support to Ukrainian doctors – both human and veterinary.

Under the banner of British Veterinary Professionals for Ukraine, they are calling for urgent physical donations of medical supplies as well as financial donations for direct delivery to Ukraine.

Founded by second-generation British and Ukrainian veterinarian Antonina (Nina) Babchuk, the group has worked with the Ukrainian Medical Association to establish direct links with human and veterinary surgeons working in the war zone and sends supplies directly to where they are most needed. .

“People just want to do something tangible,” Nina said. “We see horrible scenes on television every day and when we hear from vets and doctors in the field that they don’t have the supplies they need, what can we do but try to bring them these supplies?

“We have collected physical donations across the UK and are now establishing ways for people to buy medical supplies in the UK that we are taking to Ukraine. I am honored by the support we have received from vets in the UK, but they need so much more there.

Till Hoermann, an equine vet from Rutland, recently completed the 2,500 mile round trip to the Ukrainian border after being inspired to fill his own van with vet supplies donated by his own practice and other vets horses.

“After listening to an interview with doctors from the Ukrainian Medical Association on Radio 5 live, I started to wonder what I could do to help?” he said. “I realized that a lot of the mobile vet equipment we use on the road could be useful to them, so I started to work out my plan.

“Thanks to other contacts we have made, we know exactly what they want and how to achieve it. We have a warehouse just off the A1 which will act as a central collection center and from there supplies will go to Ukraine via a distribution center in Poland.

British Veterinary Professionals for Ukraine (https://www.facebook.com/groups/britishvetsforukraine) is appealing urgently for further donations. Together with the Ukrainian Medical Association, they filled three ambulances which left on March 15. Further deliveries are expected next week.

BEVA President-elect David Rendle added: “Initially I think we were all shocked and unsure if there was anything we could do that would have a tangible effect. However, thanks to direct contact with doctors and veterinarians in Ukraine, we now know that they need our help, in particular by providing them with emergency medical equipment and consumables. It is clear that the veterinary profession can make a difference by providing direct support, so I urge everyone to do what they can to support this.

UK veterinary professionals for Ukraine are keen to hear from any companies who are able to donate or subsidize medical supplies and anyone who can help collect donations and move them to the point of central collection in Oakham.

Medical supplies can be sent to UK veterinary professionals for Ukraine c/o Hoermann Equine, Wrights Lodge East, Oakham Road, Wissendine, Rutland, LE15 7HA or can be left at other collection centers across the country.

Lists of what is needed or where it can be taken are available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/britishvetsforukraine Alternatively, people can donate through our fundraising page https://gofund. me/3b2a91e2 and supplies will be purchased based on what Ukraine needs most at that time.

Veterinary Voices UK is also supporting this effort.

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