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Community Veterinary Care

Dr Hilldidge Beer launched EberVet Community Veterinary Care (CVC) in 2006, offering free pet sterilisation and basic health care to pet owners in underprivileged communities across the Helderberg, Overberg and Karoo.  This was in line with a South African Veterinary Association initiative which called on veterinary surgeons to donate their time and skills to impoverished pet owners, many of whom have no access to veterinary care – either because they cannot afford it, or because there is no resident vet in their town.

Giving your pets away must be done responsibly

Giving your pets away when you can no longer keep…
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Spay day adds sunshine to wintery weather

Spay days are always a reason to celebrate for the…
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Pitbulls steri attracts wide support

Pitbulls are a highly controversial breed because so many have…
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Rescue mission: Nieu Bethesda 2022

The tiny Karoo town of Nieu Bethesda, 50km from Graaff…
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Mandela Day 2020 exceeds expectations

Mandela Day 2020 was the fourth mass sterilisation outreach clinic…
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Mandela Day 2020: saving pets’ lives

Mandela Day 2020 will be remembered for many different reasons…
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Ebervet Training Academy aids animal welfare

EberVet Training Academy’s Sister Hilda Mills held a two-day training…
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Prince Albert Dieresorg makes the grade

Prince Albert Dieresorg/Animal Welfare, a tiny organisation made up of…
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Soné Sings for pet sterilisation

Soné Sings was a fundraiser for pet sterilisation held in…
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Mandela Day 2019

Mandela Day 2019 was a mixed bag for the EberVet…
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Animal welfare workers must practice self-care

Animal welfare is one of the toughest jobs on the…
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Uniondale spayathon 2019

Uniondale may be a small town but there were plenty…
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And two more donkeys join the EberVet family

We’re big fans of all four-legged creatures which is why…
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Welcoming our newest donkey friend, Popeye

Welcoming a donkey into the EberVet Petcare Group is always…
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Mount Pleasant, Hermanus

What an absolute joy to be able to send 100…
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Ladismith & Zoar, August 2018

Ladismith and Zoar are two of more than half a…
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Jack Russell finds happy, new home

Jack Russells have a way of creeping into a dog…
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1000 pet sterilisations done for free!

Ebervet Community Veterinary Care celebrated the festive season with a very…
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Prince Albert: October 2016

This small Karoo town has no resident veterinary surgeon and…
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Karoo Animal Protection Society: Sept 2016

The tiny former Lutheran missionary village of Amalienstein in the…
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Greyton: August 2016

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Mandela Day pet sterilisation clinic

Pets from impoverished homes came in their droves to EberVet…
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Dr Beer reunited with Spotty the dog

Spotty the three-legged dog has been joyfully reunited with EberVet CEO…
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Sterilisation clinic a success

This week EberVet Community Care was in Prince Albert in…
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Sterilising pets

This week our CEO Dr Hilldidge Beer was in the Little…
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Community Impact Projects

EberVet Community Impact Projects extend beyond our service to animals. We believe that to truly impact a community’s animals, you must establish a relationship with their owners so we are committed to four community projects every year – environmental, educational, social and animal. Our staff volunteer to serve these projects and to raise funds and donations for them.

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Spay day adds sunshine to wintery weather

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Children learning to love animals

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The best way to impact a community is to begin with its children. By educating children about pet care at a young age we’re growing a nation of pet owners who understand that pets feel pain, cold, heat, and hunger; that they need love, shelter and playtime

Education is key to growing empathy and compassion but hand in hand is the need to appreciate and understand the challenges communities face which often hamper behavioural change. To this end, EberVet assesses, with the help of community leaders, what we can do on the ground to make an environment more comfortable and receptive to education. For example, a recent EberVet CIP project provided a soup kitchen for children who brought their animals for free rabies vaccinations.

At EberVet we believe that world in which we live should be one we are proud of and can function in optimally. Environmental protection is thus important to us and once a year our teams volunteer for environmental projects that make a real difference, like removing litter and plastics from beaches which severely impact marine life.

“The CVC concept was something that appealed to me straight away,” says Dr Beer. “The need in South Africa for such services is huge and I have the time, the skills (I love surgery) and temperament, I suppose, to be able to respond to these needs.”

Says Jill Gauntlett, chairperson of Prince Albert Dieresorg/Animal Welfare (PADS) in the Karoo: “Without Dr Beer’s support we are unlikely to have ever launched our welfare organisation and now we have several vets supporting us with sterilisation. This has had a profound impact on animal numbers and on the general health of our animal population. Their enthusiasm for the work that they do in often uncomfortable and unpleasant circumstances inspires and motivates us to keep going and to do more.”

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In response, Dr Beer recites a favourite quote:

We make a living from what we get, but we make a life from what we give.

How you can help

While Dr Beer willingly donates her time and skills to these clinics, she relies on donors to fund the medicines needed like anaesthetics, dewormers, and inoculations; transport to and from the clinics (she covers thousands of kilometres each year) and a salary for a nurse. Often Dr Beer will also be asked to assist with emergency cases in towns where there is no resident vet, supplying additional drugs, sutures and surgery time.

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