Senior environmental health officer Amanda Hutchings and community member Elvie Sandow at a previous year's vet day community barbecue.
Senior environmental health officer Amanda Hutchings and community member Elvie Sandow at a previous year's vet day community barbecue. Darling Downs Health

Community barbecue to welcome visiting veterinarians

EVERY year industry experts make the trip to Cherbourg to provide free veterinary services for registered dogs and cats.

This year there will be a community barbecue to mark the visit.

The experts include representatives from the Darling Downs Public Health Unit, the University of Queensland and the Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities.

Senior environmental health officer Amanda Hutchings said to access the vet program, animal owners must be residents of Cherbourg and have their animals registered with council.

"The program is available to dogs and cats and includes de-sexing, microchipping, general health checks and parasite testing and treatments,” Ms Hutchings said.

Now in it's fourth year, organisers expect to de-sex their 200th animal in Cherbourg 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 12.30-2pm on Tuesday, October 22 at the Winfred Fisher Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

The event will also include activities for kids and the opportunity to meet the vets and make bookings for the program.

Bookings can also be made through the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council depot office.

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