A lot of businesses ‘on wheels’ have surfaced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but this one is something we don’t see too often: a mobile vet clinic for spaying and neutering cats and dogs.
It’s the Mobile S/N, an initiative launched by the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF) of the Cebu City local government. We were able to get in touch with Dr. Jessica Maribojoc, Animal Health Division Chief at the DVMF, and she told us that these mobile spaying and neutering services are being brought directly to the barangays in the city.
Maribojoc also told us that prior to acquiring the vehicle—which appears to be a modified Hyundai HD65 truck—the DVMF used to bring its services to neighboring areas by setting up tents at different locations. With this vehicle, she said that the department can cover more ground at a faster pace.
The truck pretty much has all the basics a veterinary clinic needs. There’s ample storage, operation tables, and a full sink. There’s even a door to separate the operating room from the air-conditioned waiting area.
The truck also looks the part of a mobile clinic, with exterior decals and an infographic on spaying and neutering. You can see more photos of the clinic on wheels below:
To avail themselves of these services for their pets, residents must first register their cats and dogs with the city government. The annual registration fee is at P200. As for spaying and neutering fees, check out the list below:
- Spay – P150 per head
- Neuter – P100 per head
- Spay – P250 per head
- Neuter – P200 per head
Maribojoc also mentioned that the city government is offering free spaying for female dogs in certain areas. This is because most of the reported rabies cases in the city come from dogs, and this is one humane way to control both the growing population and the rabies problem.
Some of us here at Top Gear PH are fur parents ourselves, so we understand the importance of getting pets spayed and neutered. At the same time, we also know how big of a hassle a simple trip to the vet can be these days, so we’re thankful for initiatives like this Mobile S/N.
Besides, we think this will serve incredibly useful even after this pandemic is over, so we’re hoping similar services start popping up in other parts of the country, too. What do you think?