Luke Gamble is to receive the 2016 WSAVA One Health Award.
The accolade – to be given at the 2016 WSAVA World Congress in Cartagena, Colombia, from 27 to 30 September – is presented by the association’s one health committee (OHC) to an individual who has promoted part of the one health concept in small companion animals.
Aid around the world
Dr Gamble – founder of the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) and Mission Rabies – graduated from the University of Bristol in 1999 and is based in his surgery, Pilgrims Veterinary Practice in the New Forest.
He set up the WVS in 2003 to provide veterinary aid around the world, followed, in 2013, by sister charity, Mission Rabies, which is leading the battle against canine rabies.
Through both organisations, Dr Gamble has raised more than £4 million to support the charities’ projects. He lectures internationally on animal welfare and veterinary subjects, too and, in 2014, was asked by the World Health Organization to sit on an expert panel for the International Control of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases.
Dr Gamble called the award a “huge honour”, which he would be accepting on behalf of an “amazing” team.
He said: “It’s an utter privilege to be a part of the veterinary profession and fighting diseases, such as rabies, is an incredible opportunity to champion both animals and people – something we can all identify with.
“I’m totally indebted to the WSAVA and the international veterinary community, whose support has been overwhelming – it is only with this unity we can keep driving forward and winning.”