A vet has raised awareness of donkeys, horses and mules in need in Nepal by running through the streets of London.
Laura Skippen, a veterinary advisor for animal charity Brooke, completed the 10k Vitality 10,000 challenge, held in May. The Brooke team raised £10,000 via the Vitality event so far.
The RVC graduate said: “I used to run a lot before my son was born, but I’d not had much of a chance to train for the Vitality event. But it was fun, there were lots of people.”
Mrs Skippen wanted to complete the run to raise awareness of the charity and the work it carries out.
She said: “I’ve worked at Brooke for four-and-a-half years, so I’ve been in a lot of difficult places, but the Nepal brick kilns were some of the worst welfare [conditions] I have seen. That gave me a bit of an extra push in trying to raise funds and awareness.”
Mrs Skippen works as a practising vet for Catley Cross Veterinary Clinic in Suffolk. Her advisor role for Brooke is quite different and sees her training and mentoring vets and veterinary assistants in Nepal and Afghanistan, helping them treat and prevent injuries, sickness and mistreatment of animals.
Focus on education
The charity has moved away from providing free veterinary treatment in places it works – instead focusing on education and training to create a more sustainable future.
Mrs Skippen said: “I think that is a key point [to get across] and a good thing for readers of Veterinary Times to know.
“We are doing work with local people. It’s not just about us going out there and doing work that acts as a bit of a sticking plaster, it is a much broader strategy. We work with communities to show them better ways of looking after their animals in the first place.”
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