First not-for-profit neutering clinic set to open in Tbilisi, Georgia

As part of Animal Welfare Week 2022, Mayhew Georgia, has today announced that it is set to open the first new, not-for-profit clinic for preventative veterinary care (neutering, vaccinations, parasite control) in the capital city, Tbilisi.

The clinic will provide neutering, vaccinations and parasite control for both the roaming dogs of Tbilisi as well as those pet dogs and dogs in home shelters. The four-strong, all-female veterinary team, comprised of three vets and presently one vet assistant, has so far neutered more than 1,000 roaming and owned dogs this year from a temporary facility in Mtskheta, a town located 20 kilometres north of the capital. Approximately a further 125 dogs are likely to benefit from the service from its new location still this year.

In addition, the new premises will also serve as a training centre for other veterinary professionals in Georgia thanks to an agreement having been made with a local college that offers a “Vet Tech” qualification allowing students to receive practical placements at Mayhew’s clinic, alongside future collaborations with Free Agrarian University of Georgia and local municipalities.

Free Trap, Vaccinate, Neuter, Return (TVNR) programme

As Caroline Yates, Head of International Projects and Relations at Mayhew, explains, “Mayhew Georgia funds a free Trap, Vaccinate, Neuter, Return (TVNR) programme in Tbilisi, not only vaccinating the dogs against rabies but also administering a complex vaccine which protects dogs against common canine infectious diseases such as parvo-virus and distemper – still common in Georgia. In the previous five years we have delivered the programme via vet practices in Tbilisi where there are Mayhew trained vets but establishing our own clinic will enable us to expand the programme, build capacity within the Georgian veterinary profession and help the local authorities humanely manage the roaming animal populations in the city, making Tbilisi a healthier and happier place for the residents and animals alike.”

Dr Ana Metskhvarishvili DVM, Head Vet of Mayhew Georgia adds, “We have been working towards having our own clinic for some time. It makes me very proud that it has now been realised. It is an important step to have a high-standard, stress-free environment for both animals and the vet team and for the students who will come to learn from us. This will be a massive help in supporting Tbilisi to managing the roaming dog population.”