Belfast PDSA Pet Hospital

Belfast PDSA Pet Hospital

One of the 48 PDSA hospitals [] which operate across the UK is located in Belfast. The explicit aim of this charity is to keep people and pets together by providing a lifeline to owners who are unable to afford veterinary treatment. Available treatment offered includes emergency treatment, routine care, and reduced cost preventative services – e.g.:

  • Vaccinations
  • Neutering
  • Microchipping
  • Flea and Worm Treatments

However, it should be noted that the growing demand for PDSA services, coupled with a general shortage of veterinary surgeons across the UK means that at times not all services are available in all hospitals. Moreover, at certain times, PDSA hospitals may be unable to accept registrations from new clients. Currently the Belfast hospital is accepting new registrations which meet PDSA eligibility criteria.

Eligible owners can access   free or low-cost veterinary treatments, preventative services and medications at the Belfast PDSA Pet Hospital, which offers a mixture of face to face and telephone consultations depending on the situation.

Eligibility for PDSA services:

The PDSA provides three services for those eligible:

1.     Free services at the Belfast PDSA Pet Hospital

2.     Low-cost services at the Belfast PDSA Pet Hospital

3.     if you live outside the Belfast catchment area, access to a Pet Care Scheme, in partnership with participating local vets

To be eligible for PDSA help at the hospital you must:

a) live within the catchment area of Belfast PDSA Pet Hospital and

b) be in receipt of certain benefits

To qualify for free treatments and medications an owner must receive at least one of the following benefits:

  • Housing benefit (means tested)
  • Rates rebate (means tested)
  • Universal credit with housing element

Free treatments and medications are only available for one pet per household.

2. Any additional pets can be registered for the PDSA’s Low Cost Service. To qualify for low-cost treatments and medications, an owner must be receiving at least one of the following benefits:

  • Child tax and working tax credits
  • Universal credit without housing element
  • Pension credit
  • Job seekers allowance
  • ESA – (Income Based Only) Employment Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Personal Independence Payment (PIP) / Adult Disability Payment (ADP)

These low-cost prices, can vary, depending on the treatment, but are typically 20% to 30% lower than private veterinary practices. There is no limit to the number of pets you can register for the PDSA Low-Cost Service.

3.If you are outside the catchment area of a vet hospital the PDSA partners with private veterinary practices to offer a Pet Care Scheme practices. For an annual fee this gives eligible pet owners access to low-cost treatments. The current rate is £54 (or £4.50 a month) which gives you and your pet access to the following:

  • One vet health consultation
  • One vaccination or booster every year, including a pet wellbeing MOT or health check
  • 20% discount on full-price vet treatments
  • PDSA Helpline – 24/7 pet care advice from qualified vet nurses, whenever you need it
  • A quarterly newsletter packed with useful pet health advice
  • 15% discount on PDSA Pet Insurance

To be eligible to join PDSA Pet Care you must live in the postcode catchment area of a participating veterinary practice and receive any of the benefits listed below:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit with Housing Element
  • Rate Relief