Port Elizabeth Community Veterinary Clinic
The first non-profit Community Veterinary Clinic in South Africa was launched 22 years ago.
South City Veterinary Clinic head Dr Dean Sim, a veterinary surgeon based in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, was a founding member of the Community Veterinary Clinic (CVC) and still spearheads the Nelson Mandela Bay branch.
Since 1998, more than 35 Community Veterinary Clinic (CVC) have been established across South Africa.
Sim works with several private practices and animal hospitals across South Africa to help those who cannot afford treatments for their pets. Dr Sim and his team give up their time and weekends to assist sick and malnourished animals in various informal settlements across Nelson Mandela Bay
The Port Elizabeth’s CVC alone treats thousands of pets – in the rural and informal settlement areas – each year.
Sim explained that this includes various pet medical services such as dog and cat sterilization, basic pet treatment, surgery and vaccinations.
As a believer in community upliftment, Sim has been running the city’s CVC for more than 20 years – assisting underprivileged pet owners with access to essential veterinary services. “This is my passion. I believe in giving back to the community by helping their pets and animals. It is a very rewarding project and was established due to the high number of neglected animals roaming the streets in the poorer community,” he said.
Sim explained that one of the aims was to bring dog breeding under control as well as assist with disease control in the poorer areas. “The aim is to help animals and by doing this we educate their owners on the best way to do this. The clinic assists the poorest of the poor and is self-funded through the Non-Profit Organisation,” he said. “Every cent that is contributed and donated to the CVC translates into direct service delivery for pets that belong to the less fortunate.”
Sim said that one of the objectives was to provide world class veterinary services and facilities to disadvantaged pet-owners.
“We work closely with registered animal charities such as Domestic Animal Care, Cat Rescue P.E. and Save-a-Pet who during their fieldwork bring some of the abused, fragile and very ill animals to our clinic for assistance. Their work is invaluable and many animals have been successfully saved and re-homed because of these projects and NGO’s.”
Sim said that on average he performed 45 sterilizations per month – mostly for free with the funding coming from donations – for animals in the poorer areas.