The lecturer and learning adviser from the School of Veterinary Nursing at Otago Polytechnic recently completed a successful education tour of Aitutaki and Rarotonga, accompanied by the SPCA’s country manager, Tony Jamieson.
Following the tour to schools on both islands to educate children about the animal welfare programme, she decided to formally join the SPCA.
“My involvement with animal welfare in the Cook Islands spans more than 10 years and I am absolutely honoured to now be working with the Cook Islands SPCA team,” Kendrick said.
“This group of hardworking individuals are making huge changes to animal welfare in the Cook Islands and to be welcomed with open arms and given incredible support from the outset is something I am extremely grateful for.
“I am particularly excited to continue to develop and deliver animal welfare education in schools and for the many other exciting things in the pipeline.
“To all of you have provided support through supplies, medication and anything else, I will continue to collect these things to ensure the animals of Rarotonga and the smaller outer islands continue to get care.”
Kendrick first visited Rarotonga in 2003 which is when her love for the islands’ animals began. She was a founding board member of the newly-established Te Are Manu animal clinic.
“I want to take a moment to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last year with my involvement with Te Are Manu in Rarotonga,” she said.
“What started out to be a far-fetched dream is now a fully functioning veterinary clinic that rivals many clinics in New Zealand,” she said.
“I am so proud of what has been achieved and the countless hours, stress and tears that have gone into ensuring volunteers and equipment were there to provide treatment to the islands animals have all been worth it.
“To be a founding board member is pretty wonderful and something I am very proud of. It is with sadness that I have decided to take a step back from my position on the board. The time is right for me to adjust my priorities, which means a slight change in direction for me and my work in the Pacific.”
Kendrick is a well-regarded veterinary professional in New Zealand and holds a diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She has Low Stress Handling™ Certification – Silver Level.
Her education background means she holds a graduate diploma in tertiary education and this year she was awarded Otago Polytechnic’s Student Council Teaching Excellence Award.
Kendrick will be involved in providing education and veterinary support for the Cook Islands and she hopes that support will be more readily available for the outer islands in the future.
With “fantastic” assistance from New Zealand businesses and individuals, initiatives such as free collars and flea and worm treatment will be made available to pet owners in Rarotonga in the coming months.