A COMPANY whose vets were at the forefront of wildlife rescue efforts during last summer's deadly bushfires has donated $120,000 to charity Rural Aid.
Apiam Animal Health vets helped treat wildlife during the crisis at its Maffra and Warragul veterinary clinics.
Senior leaders of the Bendigo-headquartered company handed over a check from its Fur Life Foundation bushfire appeal on Friday.
The money was raised through Fur Life vet clinics between 20th January 2020 and 29th February 2020 through donating $10 from every primary consult to the Fur Life Foundation 2020 Bushfire Appeal.
Many communities are still rebuilding following the triple-whammy of bushfires and two coronavirus lockdowns in less than 12 months.
About 1.5 million hectares of land was destroyed in Eastern Victoria over the course of the most recent bushfire season, including 42 national parks and conservation reserves.
The fires prompted the evacuation of over 60,000 people including 2000 Mallacoota residents by air and sea after residents were forced to shelter on the beach.
More than 2000 fire fighters battled blazes with 500 fire trucks.
Apiam's appeal through its Fur Life clinics raised $150,000, $30,000 of which was donated to wildlife rescue services in communities the company serves.
The company earmarked the rest for Rural Aid, a charity founded to support country communities hit by droughts, floods, fires or cyclones.
Meanwhile, Apiam has continued to expand its operations in recent months including acquiring a Dubbo-based veterinary surgery group Animal Veterinary Clinic.
The company has also told the Australian Stock Exchange that it has completed its acquisition of Bendigo-based ACE Laboratory Services earlier in November.
Apaim has been diversifying its portfolio in recent years by acquiring companies it sees as strategic assets.