- Title: Lebanon's "Vetlivery" pampers pets at a mobile clinic
- Date: 9th October 2019
- Summary: RABIEH, LEBANON (OCTOBER 3, 2019) (REUTERS) VETERINARIAN AND OWNER OF "VETLIVERY" MOBILE CLINIC, MARIA MOUALLEM, CLOSING DOOR OF MOBILE VET CLINIC VAN VARIOUS OF DOGS WITH MOUALLEM IN INSIDE VAN DOG OWNER, ALBERT, HOLDING DOG / MOUALLEM VACCINATING DOG DOG BEING PETTED MOUALLEM WORKING AT VAN MOUALLEM VACCINATING DOG DOGS WITH ALBERT OUTSIDE VAN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) VETERINARIAN AND OWNER OF "VETLIVERY" MOBILE CLINIC, MARIA MOUALLEM, SAYING: "Vetlivery is the first mobile clinic in Lebanon. Since I was working in a clinic, I felt that people need home visits because of traffic or because they can't hold the pet, they can't put it in a cage, they have kids, they don't have time; I felt there's a need and I used to do (home) visits already, so I decided 'why not to go big and start the van?'." MOUALLEM WITH ALBERT AND DOGS PET TOYS / VAN INTERIOR (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) VETERINARIAN AND OWNER OF "VETLIVERY" MOBILE CLINIC, MARIA MOUALLEM, SAYING: "Honestly, the feedback of the people, how much people are happy and how much they appreciate this service (are what) encouraged me to carry on with this service; because there's a lot of stress, psychological stress in case the pet is sick to treat it, to come and go. People are what makes me carry on." MOUALLEM AND ALBERT WALKING WITH DOGS MOUALLEM AND ALBERT GETTING INTO ELEVATOR DOGS IN BALCONY (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLIENT, ALBERT, SAYING: "So now we have seven dogs, so it's a big challenge, but we love them. So yes, it's very, very useful to have Maria helping us to take care, all kind of care and even problem of delivery and vaccination." MOUALLEM DRIVING VAN GPS ON MOUALLEM'S PHONE MOUALLEM DRIVING VAN MOUALLEM SEEN IN CAR'S MIRROR VAN VARIOUS OF CAT IN INSIDE MOBILE VET CLINIC VARIOUS OF MOUALLEM PREPARING VACCINE MOUALLEM VACCINATING CAT VARIOUS OF MOUALLEM CLIPPING CAT'S NAILS VARIOUS OF CAT OWNER, JOE SHRABIEH, LEAVING VAN WITH CAT AND WALKING IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CAT OWNER, JOE SHRABIEH, SAYING: "We were happy with the idea of mobile vet, it comes to us, we don't have to go there, especially that the cat is afraid of commuting in a car, even dogs. So, she (Maria) comes home to us, she has everything in her van, we don't need anything, she takes care of it (the cat), give it the vaccine, clip her nails and all what's needed." JDEIDEH, LEBANON (OCTOBER 3, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MOUALLEM LOOKING THROUGH MICROSCOPE CAT BEING PETTED BY OWNER VARIOUS OF MOUALLEM EXAMINING CAT VARIOUS OF CAT GETTING IN CAGE VARIOUS OF MOUALLEM DRIVING VAN
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2019 11:45
- Keywords: Animals Mobile veterinary clinic Cats Dogs Lebanon Vet
- Location: RABIEH AND JDEIDAH, LEBANON
- City: RABIEH AND JDEIDAH, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0DJNTH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Lebanese veterinarian Maria Mouallem drives her mobile clinic "Vetlivery" across Lebanon, making life easier for pets and their owners, by providing medical and wellness services for domestic animals in her equipped van.
Surrounded by cats since her childhood, the 28-year-old veterinarian grew up with a passion for animals.
She now pets her own dog and spreads the same love to other animals in her van.
In a country where delivery services are very popular, Mouallem says "Vetlivery" is the first mobile veterinary clinic in Lebanon offering services including vaccination, consultation, parasites control, microchipping, dental care, blood tests and even surgeries.
It can also serve as an animal ambulance in case of critical cases.
Mouallem, who graduated in 2015, first worked in a clinic for four years before taking on this new project.
She offered home visits to take care of pets afraid to ride a car or those whose owners are too busy to drive them.
In May, Mouallem hit the road with her van to the comfort of many of her clients.
For Albert, a French man who houses seven dogs at home, "Vetlivery" is a lifesaver. Mouallem treated two of his dogs in the van and headed upstairs to nurse five others.
Charges for the services offered by "Vetlivery" start from $50.
Mouallem hopes to spread more awareness on animal health in Lebanon.
(Production: Issam Abdallah, Ahmad El Kerdi, Alaa Kanaan, Yara Abi Nader)
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