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University of Bristol comes to dog's rescue

Tuesday, 12th June 2012

A Jack Russell Terrier who was suffering from a perineal hernia was given the surgery he needed by vets at the University of Bristol.

Bruno, a ten-year-old dog living at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, was having trouble with his digestive system and was struggling to go to the toilet properly.

The surgery would have cost £2,000, which is a big drain on the charity's resources. However, a partnership between the Langford Veterinary Services Ltd (LVS), owned by the University of Bristol, meant that the procedure could be carried out.

The LSV also used the opportunity to demonstrate the procedure to its undergraduate veterinary students.

Shaun Opperman, Battersea’s Veterinary Director, said: "We're so grateful to the University of Bristol's LVS for stepping in and helping Bruno to recover from his ordeal.

"Battersea does have an on-site clinic team which carries out around 14 operations every day but sometimes our limited resources mean that we turn to our partners ... to make sure the animals get all that they need."

Peter Delisser, senior clinical training scholar in small animal surgery at the university, added that they were happy to help Bruno and make a big difference to his life.