Medical supplies and equipment worth $1000 were usually brought in by volunteer vet nurses and tourists – but not any more. And there’s only one vet remaining, Dr Ellen McBryde, a volunteer from Australia.
Now there’s a chance to help them – so get ready to put on your rock’n’roll gear and support a worthwhile cause, the Cook Islands’ only veterinary clinic.
The animal clinic is hosting a fundraiser at The Islander Hotel on September 2, to help purchase supplies.
Dr McBryde said they had been very fortunate to receive some donations by post, but they were having to buy in all other essentials.
The last medications they purchased were for heartworm treatments, and needed to come from Australia. They had to be sent by courier.
“We have donated and purchased medications that were posted five months ago, still stuck in a postal warehouse in Australia,” she said.
The fundraiser would also help them support a permanent vet on the island so that they can ensure veterinary care is always provided to the animals of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, she said.
The clinic also still welcomes volunteer vets and vet nurses as soon as the borders re-open.
In the last few months, the clinic has seen a number of puppies in need of homes.
The clinic does not have any at the moment and is not allowed to keep healthy animals in the clinic overnight because of its residential area.
McBryde said they work closely with the SPCA to ensure dogs and puppies find loving homes.
She said they do not have any patients requiring hospital care at the moment but we are very understaffed -due to no new volunteers being able to arrive.
Te Are Manu, continues to call on wonderful helpers to assist around the clinic if patients need to be hospitalised in the future.
She said they are currently seeing around 20 animals each day for consultations, surgery appointments and even have a waiting list for surgery appointments, as well as flea and worm treatments.
“We are a charity vet clinic, and the only vet clinic currently operating in the Cook Islands. We need fundraising to keep our doors open!
“When you support us, you are supporting treatment and care for the animals of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands,” she said.
She added: “There is only one veterinarian left on the island, and there is only so much our team can get done in a day – please be patient!”