Our dedication to all creatures doesn’t end once our practice doors close for the evening

Why we do what we do!

Being a veterinary practice means helping animals is in our nature; however, our dedication to all creatures great and small doesn’t end once our practice doors close for the evening. At The Neighbourhood Vet, we are committed to using our veterinary skills for the benefit of both the animals we treat, and the humans caring for them, and many of our staff have volunteered for animal charities in the UK and around the world.

African Animal Charities

When you visit us, you will notice photographs displayed around our practice. These were taken by Suzanne whilst she was working for The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in South Africa and in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania on a project funded by The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) These are some of our favourite images which show you the local people and the love they have for their animals.

If you would like to donate to either of our chosen charities, please visit the links shown above.


PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide

As many of you will be aware, The Neighbourhood Vet is owned by a large veterinary company, IVC Evidensia. Each year, we as a practice are offered a £1000 grant from IVC to be donated to a charity chosen by our staff. This year, our nominated charity is PAPYRUS, which supports a cause close to many of the team's hearts.


PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide is a UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health & emotional well-being in young people.


Suicide is the biggest killer of people aged 35 and under in the UK and sadly, the rate within the veterinary profession is considerably higher than that of the general population. 

PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a group of bereaved parents, who had each lost children to suicide. The founders shared the core belief that suicide is preventable and that those with lived experience of suicide have a valuable and unique contribution to make to the wider conversation around suicide.

The donation will help fund training, education and the continuing provision of a 24/7 support helpline. Moreover, we plan to continue to support the charity in continuing to fundraise throughout 2024. 

If you’d like to know more about the amazing work that PAPYRUS does or to support them yourselves, then head to


StreetVet was born in 2016, inspired by the incredible bond between a homeless man and his dog. Victims of the UK homelessness epidemic often have scant support, except for, in a growing number of cases, the companionship of their pets.


Some have had their pets since before losing their homes. Others had the responsibility of pet ownership thrust upon them. Irrespective, the bond between many homeless people and their dogs is profound, such that their pets’ wellbeing is a life-shaping priority. Now StreetVets ever increasing number of volunteers can help, by providing accessible fundamental vet care.


StreetVet vets and nurses (including many of our own), working with outreach organisations, are out in multiple communities weekly. 

Since inception they have helped care for over 2000 pets; mainly dogs, but also cats, rabbits, ferrets and other animals. They have vaccinated and microchipped, treated for fleas and protected against lungworm, prescribed pain relief and helped fight infections, performed surgeries and sometimes just sat and listened.

How you can support

You can help StreetVet in many different ways, from donating money to fund their work, fundraising through an activity (like we do yearly through our ever-popular Dog Show), being sponsored to take part in a challenge, to purchasing items on their Amazon Wishlist. You can also help by notifying them of a pet and its owner in need. There are so many different ways for you to support StreetVet and the vital work they do.

If you’d like to know more about the amazing work that StreetVet does, or to support them yourselves, then head to

Foal Farm

Foal Farm has been rescuing and rehoming neglected animals in and around Kent for more than 60 years.


Their mission is to take in as many animals as they can care for, to restore them to health and happiness and where possible find them new homes or provide a sanctuary for life.


Every year they rehome approximately 500 cats, dogs and small animals, and provide permanent sanctuary to more than 100 farm animals and equines. They never put an animal to sleep if it has a chance of survival and go to every length to provide first class care to every animal in need.


Animals enjoy spending time on their 26-acre farm in Biggin Hill, home to dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and geese!

For more than 60 years Foal Farm have rehomed and cared for animals from all over Kent and London boarders, relying totally on the generosity and support of their community through contributions, legacies and fundraising events like our annual Peckham Rye Dog Show, which has been running now for over 10 years!

How you can support

You can help Foal Farm in many different ways, from donating money to fund their work, to dropping off unwanted items in your home at their on-site charity shop and so much more.

If you’d like to know more about the amazing work that Foal Farm does, or to support them yourselves, then head to

Thank you for your support from all The Neighbourhood Vet teams