Charitable vets and vet nurses at Viking Veterinary Surgeons are donning pink scrubs this week in support of Wear it Pink, Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest fundraising event.

Charitable vets and vet nurses at Viking Veterinary Surgeons are donning pink scrubs in support of Wear it Pink, Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest fundraising event.

Staff at Viking in their colourful scrubs. L-R: Rachel Taylor, veterinary nurse, Kate Rogers, kennel maid, Maria Lowe, vet surgeon and owner, Fiona Green, veterinary surgeon, Lisa Strickland, veterinary nurse, Vicki Seal, veterinary surgeon, James Greenwood, veterinary surgeon and Carolyn Rodwell, veterinary nurse.Staff at the Bristol-based surgery are wearing the colourful outfits this week (October 22-26, 2012) to raise awareness for the initiative – including the only male veterinary surgeon at the surgery, James Greenwood.

Maria Lowe, veterinary surgeon and owner of Viking, told Vetsonline: “I did say to James if he didn’t want to participate then that was fine, but he said he was up for it.”

As well as raising awareness, the surgery is also raising money in a number of different ways, which include:

  • donating £1 from each consultation;
  • collecting clients’ loose change with a special pink bowl at the reception desk; and
  • asking clients and visitors to come up with the best superhero name for Mr Greenwood, suggestions of which have so far included ‘pink panther‘, ‘superfit’ and ‘prince of pink’. The best name will be picked at the end of the week, and the winning candidate will received a pink-themed hamper.

Mrs Lowe said the surgery’s decision to participate in the initiative was a personal one. “My mother had breast cancer and she survived it,” she said. “It is close to my heart. Many of our staff also have relatives that have been affected by breast cancer.

“Plus, the majority of our staff are female, and the majority of our clients are as well. Breast cancer is a disease that affects a lot of women.”

The surgery aims to raise £500 by the end of the week.

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