Friday, May 3, 2013


Dr Ann-Margret Withers and the CAWS team in Condobolin, March 2013

RSPCA NSW, in conjunction with local Bathurst veterinarians will next week offer reduced-rate veterinary services to pensioners and lower income earners as part of RSPCA NSW’s Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS). This visit marks the tenth year that Bathurst City Council has been involved in the program. The program will be available to eligible Bathurst residents between 6-17 May.

On Mother’s Day in 2003, CAWS, originally called the ‘Kelso Program’, began with Stewart St Vet Hospital volunteering its clinic and several RSPCA vets, nurses and local volunteers assisting. The program only ran for one day however an impressive 126 animals were desexed and microchipped, resulting in a measurable decrease in the number of stray animals from Kelso over the following months and proved the scheme a resounding success.

CAWS has since been supported by five of the town’s veterinary practices: Bathurst Vet Hospital, Stewart Street Vet Hospital, Dr Tom’s Vet Practice, Durham Street Vet Clinic and Paws and Claws Mobile Veterinary Service. Services offered include permanent surgical desexing, microchipping and vaccination for dogs.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have had the ongoing and passionate support of both the Bathurst Regional Council and the local participating veterinarians,” said Dr Ann-Margret Withers, RSPCA NSW Programs Veterinarian. “This contact with local vets continues to build a culture of care and responsible pet ownership in Bathurst and make a difference to people living with animals in regional communities,” Withers added.

Bathurst residents can contact one of the participating veterinary clinics for more information:

- Bathurst Vet Hospital - 6332 5800
- Stewart St Vet Hospital - 6331 1222
- Dr Tom’s Vet Practice - 6332 3222
- Durham Street Vet Clinic - 6334 2009
- Claws and Paws Mobile Veterinary Services - 6332 9096
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