New x-ray equipment at RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil veterinary clinic costing nearly £10,000 has been generously funded by the RSPCA Glamorgan North & East Branch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe new equipment will create enhanced computer images and will be used for a range of animals that come through the doors at the Abercanaid clinic.

RSPCA Merthyr Clinic’s senior clinician Jon Fitzmaurice said: “We can’t thank Glamorgan North & East Branch enough for funding for this equipment. It is extremely generous and we are very grateful.

“This new equipment will make developing x-rays quicker and a safer procedure for all involved. The images will now be digitally developed in the machine. Being digital, it also will allow us to email x-rays to other RSPCA vets for a second opinion rather than posting them, saving a lot of time.

“The equipment will be used for all the animals we see here at the clinic, which ranges from cats, dogs, rabbits and even wildlife brought in by the inspectorate.”

Vice chair of the RSPCA Glamorgan North & East Branch, Paul Smith, said the £9,750 for the machine came direct from the branch’s funds.

“The Merthyr Clinic was in dire need of new x-ray equipment,” he said. “As technology advances the imaging capabilities of a newer machine would have significant benefits for animals in care at the clinic. The imaging of a new machine will be much clearer and would enable vets to assess an animal much better, and to ensure the best treatment plan for the animal much quicker.

“The trustees of the Glamorgan North and East branch continue to work hard in trying to help all animals in need, and believe that the new machine will go some way in helping in this cause.”

The clinic at Merthyr provides a veterinary service for sick and injured animals that have been rescued by RSPCA inspectors, and at a low cost for pets belonging to people on low incomes or certain benefits who live in the surrounding community.

The clinic opened in October 2005 and provides an extensive range of veterinary services. These include consultations, operations, dentistry, neutering and microchipping. A team of staff provide expert nursing and veterinary care. Over the past 13 years the clinic has administered thousands of microchips and carried out thousands of operations.

The RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil Clinic can be contacted on 0300 123 0725. Opening hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday for information, advice and to book an appointment to see a vet. The clinic is closed at weekends. Clients must make an appointment to see a vet. You can find more about the clinic here:

If you’re interested in helping to run the RSPCA branch in this area, Glamorgan North and East branch are currently welcoming interest from potential trustees and volunteers. Contact Branch Support Specialist Francesca Grice on 07734 496648 or