Sponsors of the annual Vet Charity Challenge have called on the profession to fill up the last spaces for 2014’s event.

Taking place on September 27 at St Francis School in Pewsey, Wiltshire, 2014’s day – the challenge’s third year – consists of teams of four walking/running, cycling, kayaking and completing orienteering and mental and physical tasks.

Gavin Mitchell from sponsor BCF said: “The Vet Charity Challenge is a great way to improve your teamwork in practice, get a bit fitter, have fun and raise money for some very deserving charities. Now is the time to get your teams of four signed up. Come and join in the fun.”

Andrew Groom from fellow sponsor Kruuse said: “The challenge is designed for every level of fitness. It is the team that works best together on the day that will win, not the fittest.”

Competitors from last year agree. Becky Lewis from The Oak Vet Group in Haverfordwest called 2013’s event a “brilliant day out” and “good for team building”.

“[It’s] a fun day with your friends, which gives you a massive sense of achievement while raising money for excellent charities.”

Fiona Vaughan from Clent Hills Veterinary Group in Bromsgrove said the event was “great fun” and reiterated participants “do not need to be elite athletes”.

“You do need to be prepared to have a go, and it’s very friendly,” she said.

Heidi Wyatt from Anton Vets in Andover, meanwhile, agreed the event was good for team building.

“It gives you a great sense of achievement as well as raising money for great charities,” she said.

The charities being supported in 2014 are Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, SPANA and Cats Protection.

The Vet Charity Challenge is also sponsored by Vétoquinol, and is supported by the Veterinary Practice Management Association and Veterinary Practice magazine.

For more information or to register, visit the challenge’s website.

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