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Dr David Hodges cycles across a continent to raise money for one of our favourite charities - Worthing Cat Welfare Trust

Littlehampton vet prepares to embark on a gruelling South America cycle challenge for local cat charity.
Dr David Hodges is preparing to tackle a gruelling 1,060 mile bike ride across the breath of South America from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic ocean, with the hope of rasing £5,000 for local cat charity Worthing Cat Welfare Trust.
Dr David Hodges from Stellar Vets which is in the heart of Littlehampton at Anchor Springs, will start  the ride on the west coast of Chile during the second week of January. After climbing more than 4,000 metres and crossing the Andes mountain range, David will descend into Argentina and hopes to reach Buenos Aires, on the country’s east coast just nine days later.
David is embarking on the ride to raise money for Worthing Cat Welfare Trust. The charity was established in 1995 and provides a safe and caring environment for abandoned, unwanted and distressed cats and kittens in the Worthing area, as well as finding them loving and permanent homes.
David said:”The idea for this ride came about after a conversation with some friends from university who also vets and all enjoy a challenge and wanted to raise some money for various charities and good causes.
“Although I’m a keen cyclist, I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m really looking forward to it. I’m currently training hard and covering at least 60 miles every Saturday and Sunday and around 40 miles most evenings, in preparation for cycling more than 100 miles each day during the ride.
“However, because it’s summertime in South America, it is going to be very hot at times, but also cool in the Andes,  so we’ll have big temperature changes to contend with as well as low oxygen levels at altitude, which is almost impossible to prepare for.”
“Ultimately though, it’s going to be a great experience and will raise money for a brilliant organisation. We have supported Worthing Cat Welfare Trust since we opened, giving the Charity in excess of £12,000 in discounted veterinary care every year.
We also collect bedding, blankets, food and toys on behalf of the charity and we’ve helped find forever homes through our Facebook page for cats the charity is caring for. We’re very fortunate to have so many amazing clients who support us with our charitable efforts and I am hoping to make a big difference to the charity with this challenge.”
Allison Pyett, from Worthing Cat Welfare Trust, said: ” The team at Stellar Vets and their clients have always been big supporters of ours which we’re very grateful for. When David told us about this latest fundraising challenge, we couldn’t believe it. It’s extraordinary, and especially because every penny makes a difference, so it has the potential to help the cats we care for even more.  

Vet Amy will be off soon on Maternity Leave

Dr Amy Larsson Veterinary Surgeon

Amy’s due date is coming up fast and we all wish her well with the birth of her second child. Amy will be leaving shortly to go on her maternity leave and we will be of course be sad to be losing her for a while. But don’t worry Amy fans she has said she is keen to come back as soon as the new addition has had a great start in life.

Stellar Vets welcomes Chloe RVN as our new Nurse Practitioner.

We are very pleased to announce that Nurse Practitoner Chloe has joined Stellar Vets Littlehampton. Chloe has had a very varied career from emergency care in large veterinary hospitals  through to running first opinion nurse clinics in general practice. Chloe will be launching a number of new nurse clinics in the coming weeks which will help pet parents keep their pets happy and healthy and be our best friends for as long as possible.

Clinics for puppies and kittens and senior pets are her first priority. She will be performing second vaccinations, microchipping, blood sampling, taking blood pressures, performing Schirmer tear tests – checking for dry eye a common and debilitating eye disease, Glaucoma testing and lameness analysis using our stance analyser equipment to help pinpoint subtle and early stage lameness. She will also be giving regular monthly injections for allergies and arthritis as well as nail clipping and anal gland expression. 

Behind the scenes she also is one of our amazing anaesthetists and has a training role for our support staff. 

Christmas Collection for Clymping Dog Sanctuary

Clymping Dog Sanctuary receiving Christmas collection

Once again this Christmas Stellar Vet Littlehampton’s Clients were amazingly generous and donated, food, treats and toys to one of our chosen charities, Clymping Dog Sanctuary. 

You guys donated so much we had to make a couple of visits to drop off all the goodies. 

As you can see the Clymping Dog Sanctuary staff were really happy and surprised when we made one of our visits with the latest donations. Thanks again to everyone who donated and helped the dogs have a better Christmas at the sanctuary. 

And remember that if you are looking to rehome a rescue dog then Clymping Dog Sanctuary should be your first port of call.  

 Clymping Dog Sanctuary