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SPCA apologises for vet’s no-show

The Society for the Pre­vention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has apologised to customers turned away or referred to another centre because of the unavailability of a vet­erinarian. Since the
30 Dec 2017 11:00
SPCA apologises for vet’s no-show
The front of the SPCA office in Walu Bay, Suva. Photo: Twitter

The Society for the Pre­vention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has apologised to customers turned away or referred to another centre because of the unavailability of a vet­erinarian.

Since the group’s last resi­dent veterinarian, Doctor Jessica Hoopes, resigned in October, SPCA has been without a qualified practi­tioner.

Its president, Deepak Rathod, said the board was working hard to have a new vet appointed by the end of January.

“The SPCA apologises for there being no vet, how­ever the situation has been beyond our control,” Mr Rathod said in an email.

“We have advertised the po­sition in the local papers, our Facebook page (and) on the Kookaburra website for vets. We are currently finalising negotiations with three pro­spective applicants.”

Many customers revealed their frustrations on Face­book about the unavailabil­ity of a vet.

Apart from housing for its resident vets, the group re­ceives no additional funding from the Government.

Mr Rathod also spoke of an attempted internal over­throw of the sitting members of the board, which he said affected the way SPCA car­ried out its functions.

“The SPCA has had some internal wrangling that has persisted from the last An­nual General Meeting that was held in July 2017.

“A small number of mem­bers had sought to overthrow certain members of the Ex­ecutive Committee (EC) at the last AGM without suc­cess and this undercurrent has persisted since then.

“Unfortunately three of the new members who were elected at the AGM in July 2017 have since resigned for personal reasons. The EC currently consists of 6 mem­bers only.

“The SPCA continues to look for dynamic persons who would like to join its Ex­ecutive Committee and help with the many aspects of the SPCA that requires urgent attention.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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