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Funding boost for vet charity

Thursday May 15th 2014

A veterinary charity has received a sum of £500,000 from the People's Postcode Lottery so it can treat more pets in vital need of treatment.

The PDSA, which runs 50 pet hospitals in the UK, will also use the cash to widen its educational programmes offering advice and preventive care to give all pets the chance of healthy, happy lives.

Jan McLoughlin, PDSA director general, said the cheque for £500,000 will make a "massive difference" to its vital work nationwide.

The charitable service, which costs more than £60 million a year to operate, is funded entirely by public support.

Its professional team of vets and nurses will deliver over 2.3 million free treatments to sick and injured pets and more than 420,000 preventive treatments in 2014 alone.

The £500,000 cheque was presented to the charity at a ceremony in Edinburgh's Inverleith Park, attended by members of Team GB's Olympic curling squad.

Ms McLoughlin paid tribute to the PDSA's "amazing" team of vets and nurses who work "flat out" to deliver lifesaving treatment and advice and care.

Copyright Press Association 2014