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International vet takes part in Mayhew training programme for the first time

The Mayhew Animal Home recently had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Ioannis Fouskis from Crete, Greece, as part of The Mayhew’s International Vet Training Programme.

Dr. Ioannis Fouskis, who is a private vet and also volunteers and helps at the animal welfare organisation, Crete Animal Welfare Society, spent two weeks training with our Head Vet, Dr. Ursula Goetz MRCVS, GP Cert (SAS) CVO, and the rest of our Vet Team.

The Mayhew International Veterinary Training Programme is designed for veterinary personnel from overseas who are genuinely interested in promoting animal welfare in their country.

Dr. Ioannis Fouskis spent time finding out more about The Mayhew’s Community Veterinary Clinic, which focuses on providing preventative veterinary care that benefit the London community and individual pet owners’ long term.

These services include free and low-cost neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and flea and worming treatments.

As part of the training, The Mayhew’s Vet Team provided an insight into pre- and post-operative care, protocols, and techniques for improved animal handling, efficient sterilisation techniques and pain management.


Dr. Ioannis Fouskis said: “I first heard about The Mayhew through the charities I help and volunteer for in Crete and thought it was a great opportunity to learn from The Mayhew about the different techniques they use for dog castration and spaying cats.”

“I have learnt a lot about the improved handling and treatment of animals before and after surgery, also the sterilisation techniques they use. I have learnt skills and techniques that I can take away with me and show other vets working at the charities I volunteer for.”

“I really appreciated the veterinary nurses that worked at The Mayhew. In Greece I don’t have any veterinary nurses to help me during surgery, but I’m now considering training a nurse when I get back.”

The Mayhew’s Head Vet, Dr. Ursula Goetz MRCVS, GP Cert (SAS), added: “Dr. Ioannis was keen to learn and a real joy to work with. We hope that by providing further training, Dr. Ioannis will promote animal welfare and pass on what he has learnt at The Mayhew to the charities he helps.”

“The Mayhew International Veterinary Training Programme was established with the aim to promote safe and secure neutering techniques for animal welfare projects in developing countries and to encourage the advancement of animal welfare abroad through education.”

“We believe that The Mayhew International Veterinary Training Programme enables veterinary professionals to return to their countries not only with enhanced veterinary skills, but also with a foundation in animal welfare and humane education that in time can be built upon to influence the attitudes of people to help relieve the suffering of animals all over the world.”

You can find out more about the International Vet Training Programme by visiting

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