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Community barbecue kicks off annual ‘vet visit’

15 October 2019

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Senior Environmental Health Officer Amanda Hutchings and community member Elvie Sandow at a previous year’s community barbecue.


Community barbecue kicks off annual ‘vet visit’

A community barbecue will be held on Tuesday 22 October to celebrate the start of the annual vet visit to Cherbourg.

Each year, representatives from the Darling Downs Public Health Unit, the University of Queensland and the Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) visit the South Burnett community and work alongside Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council to provide free vet services for registered dogs and cats.

“To access the vet program, animal owners must be residents of Cherbourg and have their animals registered with council,” Senior Environmental Health Officer Amanda Hutchings said.

“The program is available to dogs and cats and includes de-sexing, microchipping, general health checks and parasite testing and treatments.”

Now in it’s fourth year, organisers expect to de-sex their 200th animal this year.

“It’s an exciting milestone to achieve and wonderful to have the support of the community,” Ms Hutchings said.

The community barbecue will be held from 12.30pm to 2pm on Tuesday 22 October at the Winfred Fisher Indigenous Knowledge Centre. The day will also include kids’ activities and the opportunity to meet the vets and make bookings for the program.

The vet visit will be held until 8 November 2019.

Bookings for the program can be made through the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council depot office.

For more information view the event flyer here.

Last updated: 15 October 2019