Vet Sarah is off to South Africa

PUBLISHED: 13:57 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:45 20 April 2010

A SEATON vet is among the first to respond to a plea to help South Africa's animals in need.

A SEATON vet is among the first to respond to a plea to help South Africa's animals in need. Newly qualified vet Sarah Keown, 23, travelled to South Africa this week to volunteer at an animal clinic providing vital care for animals in an impoverished town. Sarah will be working at the clinic in Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town, for the next three weeks. Sarah said she was inspired after celebrity vet Emma Milne called for more help for the project, run by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). She said: "I read about Emma Milne's visit to IFAW projects in South Africa and wanted to help out somewhere where vets are really needed to help impoverished people and their pets. "I am excited to be taking part. Doing veterinary work abroad in an amazing country and having the opportunity to make a real difference has always been an ambition of mine." The former Colyton Grammar School pupil recently gained a Veterinary Degree with Honours and admission to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons at Bristol University. Colyton Grammar School head teacher Barry Sindall said: "I am not surprised about Sarah's success. She was a terrific student with a lovely personality. "She will make a great vet as she has natural enthusiasm and resourcefulness." Emma Milne, best known from TV's Vets in Practice, issued an urgent plea for UK vets to volunteer at IFAW-funded clinics in Khayelitsha and Soweto when she first saw the vital support they offered to communities and their animals. Sarah will be the first UK volunteer to take up a placement following the appeal. As well as helping out at the clinic's base, Sarah will go into township communities with mobile surgeries to reach people and animals who are unable to travel to the clinic.

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