Frequently asked questions for municipal veterinary clinics

The PFPO is promoting the institution of Municipal veterinary clinics

Athens, January 10th 2014

The Pan-Hellenic Animal Welfare and Environment Federation, in an endless attempt to protect animal rights and sensitize the Greek state and the citizens not only by highlighting the problems but also by suggesting solutions to these problems, is carrying out a project to encourage and inform the bodies concerned (Municipal authorities and animal welfare associations), in order to create municipal veterinary clinics all over the country.


Our project is EXCLUSIVELY informative and advisory, as we do are not aware of the special conditions in every municipality (economic and social). Our suggestions can be adjusted to the potential of each municipality, to the bilateral agreements between municipalities and volunteers and of course to the contracts with the veterinarians.


In the context of our effort, we are addressing the Veterinary School of the University of Thessaloniki and the Pan-Hellenic Veterinarians’ Association, hoping that they will support us and will encourage veterinarians to cover, in the future, vacancies in the municipal veterinary clinics.


In order to help both parties (municipalities and veterinarians) we have prepared informative material (FAQ) and, soon, a list of the veterinarians who are interested.


If the name of a veterinarian is included in the list, he or she has no obligation, just enables him to contact the municipality through the PFPO.


With this initiative we hope to:


  • Help municipalities create veterinary clinics.

  • Prevent unsterilized and ill animals from being marginalized.

  • Give young and unemployed veterinarians the chance to obtain valuable experience.

  • Improve the health condition of stray animals.


1.Why should a Municipality choose to open a Municipal clinic and not a shelter?

2. Which is the budget to create and run a shelter?

3. Is it possible to create a municipal veterinary clinic inside a shelter?

4. What is the purpose of a municipal veterinary clinic inside a shelter?

5. Which reasons turn a decent shelter to a hell?

6. Why open a municipal veterinary clinic and not buy the services of private veterinarians?

7. Is it possible for neighboring municipalities to open a common veterinary clinic?

8. How can a municipality open a veterinary clinic at low cost?

9. How necessary is the cooperation between municipalities and animal welfare associations?

10. Does the municipal veterinary clinic perform all veterinary acts or only sterilizations, vaccinations and electronic marking?

11. Does the municipal veterinary clinic serve citizens who belong to vulnerable social groups?

12. Can an animal welfare association found a veterinary clinic?

13. What are the building standards?

14. Which is the NECESSARY equipment for a veterinary clinic to be given permission;

15. Does a recovery room have to exist?

16. What would be advisable as a recovery room?

17. What is “complete recovery”?

18. When are sterilizations effective for an area?

19. What are the criteria when a municipality chooses a veterinarian for the municipal veterinary clinic?

20. Does the veterinarian of the municipal clinic have to be a member of the local veterinarians’ association?

21. Which are the recommended prices of the veterinarians for pet animals?

22. What do these prices include?

23. Which are the prices for vaccinations?

24. Which is the price of electronic marking?

25. What is the price of blood sampling?

26. What is the benefit for a young veterinarian from his or her participation in a program to support municipal vet clinics?

27. In the municipal veterinary clinic, the veterinary acts have to be performed ONLY by the scientifically responsible veterinarian?

28. Who pays the veterinarian?


1 comment for “Frequently asked questions for municipal veterinary clinics

  1. Bruno Hochuli
    Thursday, 8 January, 2015 at 18:14


    We try since some years to organise kastrations with German Vets with legal working permission in Greece. But the Major from Ierapetra or his right Hand Mr. Andreas Papadopetrakis does not give us permission to kastrate the stray Animals around the Villages near to and in Ierapetra. All Summer we get telefoncalls from Tourists which find Puppies, Kittens and grown up Dogs in Wastebins, on Streets or tied up to die. This is not good for Greece, because the Tourists dont like to see this and will not make Holidays in Greece anymore. We help the stray Animals since 10 Years. But now we can just help to organise kastrations, because we dont have money to buy so much food and pay all the work from the Vet in Ierapertra. The Dimos should care about all this, but they hide behind Laws and just make problems to us. When we make a Dokument for the Dimos to give permission for Kastrations they dont give us a direct answer. They want some other Dokuments. Working permission from the German Vets. Then they want a Dokument from a Vetz to prove the Vets can work in his Clinic. When we have this they want again something else. They just play with us.
    I dont know why, because the German Vets work for free and the Medication is also free. The Name of the Group is Arche Noah in Germany. They help since many years in Crete if they are allowed to.

    Thanking you in advance for an answer

    Bruno Hochuli
    Animalhelp Kato Chorio, Ierapetra

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