Talking with our team:  Vet Victoria Chapman

In this series, we talk with the people giving their time to help animals in need. Today we chat to Zoetis Veterinary Advisor and SPAW volunteer vet Dr Victoria Chapman about the work she has been doing for SPAW over the last six years. Victoria studied at Massey University in Palmerston North, graduating in 1996. She lives in Dunedin. Victoria – tell us how you got involved in SPAW? I had been looking around for an opportunity to do some…

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Together, we have raised more than $130,000 for Tonga

Thank you to all of those who rallied together to help us raise more than $130,000 in aid for the Kingdom of Tonga following the devastating tsunami that affected the region in January. Over the recent months we have worked with the Tongan Government and local partner organisations on Tongatapu, Vava’u, Eu’a and Ha’apai to distribute emergency relief for animals on those affected islands. Thanks to a grant from the Dogs Trust UK, we were able to send 1,000 Simparica…

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Angela Glover – Message from Karen Schade

We have heard the heartbreaking news that our beautiful friend and colleague Angela Glover has passed away after trying to save her dogs from the tsunami in Tonga. Many of us in the SPAW community knew Angela, and we feel her loss immensely. Angela touched so many lives both human and animal through the selfless work she did for the Tonga Animal Welfare Society, which she co-founded, and in volunteering during SPAW clinics in the Kingdom. Words cannot adequately express…

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Update from SPAW – November 2021

Another year with closed borders has nearly passed us by. Though we can’t run clinics, SPAW has been keeping busy. Through social media we’ve been able to give remote assistance to many animals needing care in the South Pacific. Our Lead Vet Dr Geoff Neal has been on our Facebook page doing remote consultations with people and our partners in islands all over the South Pacific. Geoff has helped animals including dogs, cats, pigs, cows, horses and even a bat!…

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Talking with our team: Lead Vet Dr Geoff Neal

In this series, we talk with the people giving their time to help animals in need. Today we chat to SPAW’s Lead Vet and Board Chair Dr Geoff Neal about the work he has been doing for SPAW over the last eight years. Geoff studied at Massey University in Palmerston North and worked as a mixed animal vet in the Manawatu and King Country before heading over to the UK to work.  For the last 13 years, he has been…

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South Pacific Animal Welfare and Host a Vet Vava’u

It is difficult watching the population of street dogs and cats increasing due to the suspension of de-sexing operations on Vava’u, Tonga, say Tracey Meikle, Bodine (Bo) Cameron and Brandie Cass from Host-a-Vet. Host-a-Vet in a NGO set up by Vava’u expats in 2017 to work with SPAW to deliver their clinics on the island and to be a source of assistance for animals when there are no vets on the island. SPAW ran two clinics in 2011 and 2012…

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We are a New Zealand based organisation founded because of our strong historical and cultural connections to the Pacific plus a very real need to provide this service. Quite simply, animals need our help – to be a voice to better their lives in whatever way we can. Welcome to our journey.

Contact SPAW
Telephone   + 64 27 527 3642


South Pacific Animal Welfare is a registered charity in New Zealand.

Our registration number is: CC46408