University of Queensland vet Marcia Coradini with student Zoe during a previous vet visit to Cherbourg (Photo: DDHHS)
DDPHU senior environmental health officer Amanda Hutchings and Cherbourg Deputy Mayor Elvie Sandow (Photo: DDHHS)

October 15, 2019

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

For the past four years, representatives from the Darling Downs Public Health Unit, the University of Queensland and Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities have been visiting Cherbourg to 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.”

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 2:00pm at the Winifred 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 vets will be in the community until November 8.

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

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