Worthing Animal Clinic is the area's oldest veterinary practice and oldest animal charity. In an average year the charity holds around
7,000 registered patients. Provides in excess of 2,000
consultations and 300+ operations
Without the subsidised treatment we provide to the pets of local people unable to afford the services of a veterinary surgeon in private practice, many of our patients would suffer through not receiving veterinary care.
We do not seek to compete with local vets in private practice, but to offer a charitable alternative for those of limited means whose pets might otherwise go untreated.
The extensively equipped clinic is situated at Anthony House, 30/32 Newland Road, Worthing, and is open for treatment by appointment 09:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday. A qualified veterinary surgeon and veterinary nurse are in full-time attendance and deliver a full range of services using the clinic's extensive facilities, which include an operating theatre, X-ray equipment, in-patient facilities, an electrocardiograph and dental equipment. Laboratory tests such as blood analysis can also be done on-site; where necessary, animals may be referred to a specialist and/or hospitalised overnight.
Charitable subsidies and eligibility
The charity meets its aims by providing subsidised veterinary treatment and care to the pets of those in receipt of means-tested benefits (Housing Benefit/Local Housing Allowance,
Council Tax Benefit, Pension Credit, Pensioners, Universal Credit
with Housing element) or recognised as homeless (accredited in writing by Worthing Churches Homeless Projects or holding a Big Issue seller's permit). Clients must also live in the Lancing-Worthing-Littlehampton area (postcodes BN11-17). The subsidy amounts to about 35% of the fees charged by local vets in private practice. Subsidised treatment is provided for up to 3 registered pets.
If a client ceases to be eligible for subsidy, treatment can continue for the lifetime of registered animals under active treatment, on a full fee basis if the client has ceased to receive a qualifying benefit.
Payment can be made by cash or credit card and must be made when attending with the animal.
Out of hours emergencies
All our out of hours emergency arrangements are provided by Vets Now Worthing, 18 Upper,
Brighton Road, Worthing, BN14 9DL. Phone no:
Those using our out of hours emergency arrangements will be asked to pay 65% of the fee charged, at the time of attending, the balance of 35% being our charitable subsidy. In addition, clients will be required to show proof of eligibility (see above).
The charity will not subsidise non-emergency treatment outside our normal hours, or emergency treatment at surgeries other than Vets Now.