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Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Dave Cumber Vets “Behind the Scenes” Open Day at the Weymouth surgery located at Link Park, Chickerell Link Road, Weymouth on Sunday 13th August. The event showed off why the new facility is one of the best vets in Dorset.

Staff at the Dave Cumber Vets open day
The team at Dave Cumber Vets decided that Link Park really should have a life saving human heart defibrillator installed on the facility. Most of the team at Dave Cumber Vets are trained to use a defibrillator for pets and humans, so it was decided that a human device was also needed. The human defibrillator will be located at Dave Cumber Vets and the surgery will need to raise around £1500 for the equipment.

Dave Cumber who wore a Scooby Doo dog outfit for the entire Open Day said “We were absolutely thrilled to meet so many people with their furry friends at our open day, plenty of old friends and many new faces. We had no idea how many people would be interested but the weather was perfect and from start to finish we were packed out. Our fantastic team and many others gave up their Sunday to raise money for a very worthy cause to raise funds for a human defibrillator to be based at Link Park but accessible by all local people. We were also proud to show off our new surgery, a hospital standard facility providing the high standard of care our patients deserve, it was very rewarding to see how interested everyone was in all the demonstrations and the guided tour.

 Over 280 people were taken on tours of the surgery, following the journey of a pet from coming in to reception, being seen in a consultation and then admitted for surgery. We put on extra tours but even then had to turn some people away. The doggy crèche proved to be very popular with visitors who could leave their pets with our friendly staff whilst they had a good look around”.

Dave Cumber went on to say “I have been planning this surgery for many years and we were all so proud to show pet owners in Dorchester and Weymouth just what a great team we have and what a high standard of care we can offer their pets. We raised a brilliant £689 and are now well on the way to buying the life-saving defibrillator for Link Park. We also received a donation from DJ Property towards the equipment, which was a fantastic boost. I would like to thank everyone who helped make the day such a success but especially all the people who came along with their pets to support us. We hope they enjoyed the day as much as we did.”

Other attractions at the Open Day included a “Guess the Weight of Gru and Margot” which was won by Kerry Weaver she guessed a combined weight of 49.5kg. The Giant Teddy bear was won by a little girl who correctly named the bear “Beary”. The Raffle and Cake stand also proved to be very popular with visitors.

The Lameness Detection mat was also used by 40 dogs during the day and the results will now be analysed by James Thorpe, one of the Orthopaedic Vets at the practice. Veterinary nurses gave demonstrations and clinics throughout the day including pet dentistry, live cardiac scans, and first Aid.   The Open Day was also attended by Cats Protection League, and Hills Nutrition.

Dave Cumber using the lameness detection mat.

Scooby Doo AKA Dave Cumber using the lameness detection mat with his dog Margot.

Dave Cumber Vets will now be working hard to raise the remaining funds for the defibrillator over the next few months; any donations will be gratefully received.

Image Gallery from the Open Day