Norbrook has announced its sponsorship of Vets with Horsepower – a team of 10 senior specialist vets travelling through South Africa by motorcycle.
The sixth Vets with Horsepower event will involve a tough ride of around 2,500km over 14 days from Johannesburg to Cape Town, led by Derek Knottenbelt, professor of equine medicine at the University of Liverpool.
Along the way, the team will provide five one-day education events for horse owners, as well as five events for specialist and other equine vets.
They will also undertake two outreach days on the Bizana Project, where – in conjunction with other South African vets – they will provide veterinary care and advice for working horses and donkeys.
Vets with Horsepower hopes to raise £75,000 for charities Ethelbert Child and Youth Care Centre, the Bizana Project and the Highveld Horse Care Unit providing care and support for children, horses and donkeys.
When asked about sponsorship and support, Prof Knottenbelt said: “We have set up a Facebook page and JustGiving page, so everyone can be involved. However, the support of sponsors, such as Norbrook Laboratories, is fundamental to the success of our charitable objectives.
“We all need to realise countless millions of people and working animals across the world suffer enduring hardship and even have to struggle to stay alive from day to day. It is both satisfying and heart-warming to be able to help both people and animals to a better life.
“The enthusiastic involvement of people who really care about the wider world is both humbling and encouraging – Norbrook stands out from the crowd”.