PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity, providing care to the sick and injured pets of people in need.

Thanks to a £550,000 funding boost from players, PDSA has been able to launch a special vet squad to help protect some of the most vulnerable pets in society. The charity's pet wellbeing champion initiative consists of over 50 vets and nurses based across Great Britain.

The team educates owners about preventive health and encourages uptake of thousands of vaccinations, neutering operations, parasite treatments, and microchips to safeguard their pets.

Player funding has also meant that PDSA has this year been able to deliver more than 60,000 vaccinations, 30,000 neutering operations, 50,000 microchips, 200,000 flea treatments, and 100,000 worming treatments.

Nicola Martin, Head of Pet Health and Welfare at PDSA, said, "The fantastic generosity of players of People's Postcode Lottery has enabled our dedicated team of vets and nurses to do even more to promote preventive care across Great Britain.

"Their support means we can have a pet wellbeing 'champion' in every single PDSA Pet Hospital, making a huge difference in tackling some of the biggest welfare issues facing our nation's pets."

Support from players has also funded a number of other initiatives including open days at PDSA Pet Hospitals to engage with local communities, reaching over 150,000 pet owners with a preventive health checker; live Q&A sessions with vets and nurses on PDSA's Facebook page; and creating a new range of pet health advice materials.

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PDSA protects the most vulnerable pets by offering education in preventative measures and encouraging vaccinations