Project information

RSPCA Cambridge Animal Clinic

To provide a low cost veterinary service for animal owners who are on very low income who would otherwise have to have their pets put to sleep or rehomed.


Charity information: RSPCA Cambridge

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  • Need


    Many people get much happiness and companionship from pet animals, however those who are in the bottom 10% income distribution may find it impossible to save or insure to cover the cost of veterinary treatment.

    A late night emergency may cost as much as £100 just for a consultation with a private vet.


    We provide veterinary treatment which is not free, but is affordable by owners who are on benefits.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To save animals from suffering or having to be put down because their owners cannot afford treatment


    » Pay Cambridge University Vet School a flat rate fee to provide veterinary services at our low-cost clinic.

    What success will look like

  • Impact


    The University will provide out of hours emergency treatment for animals registered in our clinic at a reduced rate. By increasing the number of registered animals we aim to reduce the number who cannot get emergency treatment. This will be monitored from clinic registration records.


    There is a risk that we might have to reduce the opening hours of the clinic if we cannot raise enough funds to pay the University for providing vets for the specified periods. We have dealt with this risk by increasing our fundraising efforts.


    We publish a monthly report of numbers of animals treated at our clinic in the branch diary on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £43,560

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      Amount Heading Description
      £32,000 Veterinary fee Fee paid to Cambridge university for staffing the clinic
      £4,960 Services & supplies Rates, water, light, heat, vaccines etc.
      £6,600 Repairs Maintenance of clinic building
  • Background


    The Whitehill Road estate area of Cambridge


    This area has a high level of social housing and people who are on very low income.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully run an animal clinic in Cambridge for 74 years. It is vital that we continue this work in the current economic climate when more and more pet owners need our help.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rosemary Mitchell

    Clinic Manager Rosemary Mitchell has been voluntary clinic manager for three years and was a reception desk volunteer for many years before this.

Examining a cat at the Cambridge RSPCA Clinic

A dog had been badly mauled and needed £700 of emergency treatment.

Rosemary Rodd