The Welfare Clinic
The welfare clinic has been set up by Bradford RSPCA branch to provide low cost veterinary care to those unable to afford private veterinary fees.
Initially the clinic was open for only 1 hour a day, but has now expanded to be open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The clinic employs 3 vets, who also look after the animals in the Animal Home. We also have 3 support staff, including a qualified nurse. New clinic premises were opened in 2000.
Who qualifies for treatment?
- Owners must live in the Bradford RSPCA area
- They must declare that they are unable to afford private veterinary treatment
- They must be in receipt of either Income Support, income-based Job-Seeker's Allowance or Working Tax Credit, or State Pension, or be a full-time student who is not resident at home.
- Proof of benefit (or of pension or of student status) must be provided
- Proof of name and address must be provided (two current utility bills)
- Only domestic pet animals are treated. This usually includes
cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small rodents. This
- Animals that have been intentionally bred, or bred for profit
- Exotic species
- Stray animals
- Wild animals
- A maximum of 3 animals per household will be treated, except at the discretion of the RSPCA
- We do not deal with insurance claims. The RSPCA recommends that owners take out a Pet Insurance Policy to cover the cost of private veterinary treatment. Insured animals will not then need to be treated at the Welfare Clinic, allowing resources to be used in helping other animals.
- You will be requested to show your proof of eligibility whenever asked and at least every six months
Important client notice
A new client seeking to register will be allowed to do so, provided they meet the eligibility criteria and their animal will be treated for the condition presented. However, if the animal has not been neutered it will be a requirement that the animal is subsequently neutered if the client wishes to use the welfare clinic facility again.
Existing clients who have animals that have not been neutered will be seen for the next appointment they make and the condition presented will be dealt with. After that if they wish to continue using the welfare clinic the animal must be neutered.
If the clinic veterinary surgeons make a decision that an animal is too old or unwell to be neutered then the requirement will be set aside for that animal only.
No animal needing emergency treatment will ever be turned away.
What will it cost?
The clinic is non-profit making, and in fact requires subsidising by the Bradford Branch. We charge a cost price for consultations, medication, tests and surgery. The initial consultation fee is currently £12.00. We will discuss other costs with you when seeing your pet, but please let us know if these cause a problem, as we can sometimes offer cheaper alternative treatments.
In order to keep costs down, we do not deal with accounts and do ask for payment to be made at the time of treatment. We can accept cheques with a guarantee card, or credit and debit cards but only for a bill in excess of £5.00. Company cheques are not accepted.
Please note that Bradford RSPCA receives no government funding, and is entirely reliant on donations from the general public.
What services do you offer?
We offer a full range of veterinary services.
Consultation Times: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 3pm.
All consultations are by appointment. In case of emergency, ring the clinic for advice before coming down.
Our consultations are for 5 minutes. Please accept that due to the number of pets we see, we cannot spend as long with each client as you might expect in a private veterinary practice.
We carry out most surgical operations at the clinic. These include all operations normally performed in general veterinary practice. There are some specialist procedures that we do not carry out.
We perform subsidised neutering and routine vaccinations for dogs and cats.
What about treatment at other times?
For treatment or inquiries between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, ring the clinic on the above telephone number.
At other times we have arranged for emergency cover with Leeds Emergency Vets. You will be given details of this when your pet is seen. Note that this is only for emergency treatment relating to a condition currently under treatment at this clinic. In other emergencies outside normal hours, it is your own responsibility to arrange treatment and payment with a private veterinary surgery of your choice.