Being an integral part of the community for almost 50 years means we are dedicated to supporting local pet related causes.
We love to get involved – being a local vet hospital is central to our ethos. Maybe that’s why we have been at the heart of the community in Hartford for over 50 years. We regularly get involved in all pet related aspects in the local community, from fun dogs shows, to school visits, career fairs and raising money for local charities.
As part of our continued commitment to charitable causes, we have recently introduced a Dogshow Roadshow. The Roadshow is available, free of charge, for local charities, community groups, schools, and associations and is a great way of raising funds.
Provide and set up a booking-in tent, complete with table and chairs
Provide and set up a dog show ring
Provide and set up a public address system (no electricity needed)
Produce rosettes for each class, branded with your organisation’s logo and our logo
Give you goody bags for each class winner
Produce flyers for your event
Provide publicity in our magazine, newsletter, websites and social media pages.
We are limited to 20 roadshows per year on a first come, first served basis and subject to our staff availability.
Our school and nursery visits are fun filled events and great for getting children interested in all things pet related. We can tailor our visits to your requirements or arrange interactive activities where we can get the children to find the microchip on our toy dog, or bandage his leg. We can show them ‘interesting’ things in jars – if they’re not squeamish and let them look at x-rays (you wouldn’t believe what dogs swallow), and even dress up as a vet.
We have worksheets for various abilities and ages and every child gets a sticker. Teachers will find that they are able to do a lot of follow up work and creative play following a visit from a vet. If you want to set up a ‘play’ vet clinic in the school or nursery following our visit we usually have some posters and veterinary materials to hand to help it look more realistic.
A career in the veterinary industry can be an extremely rewarding, but demanding role. Our presence at School/College careers fairs can be a great way to educate those interested in the veterinary care all about the highs and the lows. We can talk to students about the various job roles at a veterinary practice, from Kennel Nurse right through to Vet, the work entailed, likely pay, qualifications, and training needed.
For more information about how Willows Veterinary Hospital can support you in the community, you can find our details on the contact us page