St Ives Veterinary Surgery has been involved with a wide range of community service projects.
We have a large caseload of native wildlife that includes ringtails and brushtail possums, wallabies, bandicoots, marsupial mice, blue tongue lizards, kookaburras, owls and lorikeets. These animals are often unwell or injured due to habitat destruction and predators such as feral cats. All of the veterinary work on injured wildlife is carried out at no charge. We encourage any clients or members of the public that if they find injured wildlife, to contact the surgery.
St Ives Veterinary Surgery also has strong lings with the University of Sydney Veterinary School. We are an accredited Education Support Practice that provides the opportunity for veterinary science students in years one and two to gain an insigt into practice by visiting our surgery. Later in the veterinary education, final year students can work within the practice as an intern. Interns work under close supervision with one of our experienced veterinarians. By offering these positions to students we can help them with their chosen careers and instill them with knowledge and confidence that can only be gained through practice experience.
The veterinary surgery has provided the opportunity for a large number of school students to undertake work experience within the clinic. An exciting and rewarding aspect of this project is that some of these school students have continued on to study veterinary science at university and we have proudly watched them graduate as fully qualified veterinarians. Also we have had many students perform the community service component of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at the surgery, with some having achieved the gold award.
The veterinary surgery has also sponsored a wide range of community fund raisers for Corpus Christi Primary School, St Ives Primary School, Pymble Public School, St Ives Australian Rules Football Club, Pymbles Ladies College and St Ives Rugby Club. We have helped with the organisation of the Ku-ring-gai Council Dogs Day Out and provided veterinary supervision at this terrific and fun event. We also support The Northern Suburbs Dog Training Club and would recommend that all dog owners consider this training for thier dog.