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Festive vet appeal aids homeless pet owners

Veterinary students and staff have launched a festive initiative to help vulnerable people and their animals this Christmas.

The team is offering back packs filled with supplies such as warm winter clothes, first aid materials, basic toiletries, food items and pet supplies.

Christmas gifts

Students are gifting the back packs to visitors of the All4Paws veterinary clinic – a monthly drop-in where homeless people can access veterinary care for their pets.

Gift bags were also being delivered to Social Bite Supper events around the city.

This is a tremendous student-led project to support those less fortunate and their pets. We are proud of their inspiring kindness and pro-activity. This is an excellent example of the entire Vet School community coming together to think of others during the festive period.

Professor Susan RhindDirector of Veterinary Teaching at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Veterinary students with donated backpacks containing pet supplies for homeless pet owners


The back packs were donated by pet food supplier Royal Canin and filled with donations from staff and students at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

A total of 62 backpacks has been delivered, containing items for both men and women.

Student initiative

The drive is the brainchild of Jamie-Leigh Thompson, a final year student at the vet school who has contributed to similar projects in previous years.

I just wanted to try something that will help pet owners in need. The enthusiasm of the school and generosity has completely astonished me.

Jamie-Leigh ThompsonFinal year student, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

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