A motorbike gang made up of equine vets has raised thousands of pounds for two animal charities by riding around the country and delivering lectures to horse owners. The team aims to raise at least £10,000.
A motorbike gang made up of equine vets has raised thousands of pounds for two animal charities by riding around the country and delivering lectures to horse owners.
The “vets with horsepower” team, led by University of Liverpool professor of equine medicine, Derek Knottenbelt, undertook the road trip last month to raise funds for the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad and World Horse Welfare (WHW).
The team of eight vets rode as far afield as West Lothian, Norfolk and Gloucester to deliver a total of 20 hours worth of lectures to owners.
The gang aims to raise a total of at least £10,000 for the charities and is currently around half way to the target. The money has come from a combination of ticket sales and donations.
Prof Knottenbelt, who also organised a biker CPD tour of veterinary schools last year, said: “We were really pleased to be able to hold another national venture and this time we met many members of the public who gave us fantastic feedback about the course.”
“The event was another excellent opportunity to raise funds for both charities as they do such amazing work in equine welfare in the UK, Europe and the wider world,” he added.
Those attending the lectures were given information about key equine health issues, including worming, colic, weight and wound care.
WHW director of UK welfare Tony Tyler said: “We were delighted to be chosen as one of the nominated charities. The money raised from the events will go a long way to help horses that have been abused or neglected. In these tough economic times we rely greatly on the generosity of our supporters.”
- Donations can be made through the tour’s JustGiving page