IVC Evidensia has announced it will send several teams of vets to Australia to help “in whatever capacity is required” following the bushfires.
The veterinary group, which is based in the UK and throughout Europe, said it would “fully fund” teams of its own vets and nurses to work in Australia for a minimum of four weeks at a time, in order to aid the recovery of wildlife there.
In a statement, the veterinary group said: “All IVC Evidensia staff have been united in their grief towards the tragedy unfolding on the other side of the world.
“Many people across our group have been enquiring as to how we can collectively respond, specifically to the animal crisis that has arisen from the ongoing fires.
“It’s a significant undertaking for both the individuals who volunteer their time and skills and for the company financially, but this is the right and proper response from Europe’s leading veterinary group.”
Group COO Russell Trenter said: “Summer in Australia still has four months to run with the fires likely to continue so this will be an ongoing operation.
“We will work with our Australian contacts to ensure the most appropriate support over this period. We are looking for vets and nurses from across the group to volunteer.”
David Hillier, Group CEO, added: “Given that our three core values are ‘caring’, ‘daring’ and ‘sharing’ we concluded that the best way we can demonstrate this is through direct action and getting boots on the ground.”