A 21-day marathon bike ride through the Scottish highlands and islands has raised £5,000 for the Vetlife and Vet Trust charities.
The third “Tour De Vets” was completed by Bath Veterinary Referrals’ clinical director Alasdair Hotston Moore, recently retired vet Peter Dobromylskyj – a de facto founding member of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia – and Mike Brampton of Worthing-based veterinary anaesthesia company, Thames Medical.
50 miles a day
The trio transported their cycles to Scotland by train, then rode an average of 50 miles a day for three weeks, delivering CPD to practices en route in return for donations.
Mr Brampton said: “We are so grateful to everyone who turned out to welcome us and helped make it an incredible trip. We were really lucky with the weather most of the time, but knowing we were helping colleagues in difficulty helped motivate us when it was raining.
“We managed 21 days on the bikes without any major injuries or needing to telephone the Vetlife Helpline, and covered an average of 50 miles each day.”
Donations still open
Donations collected at the CPD events total more than £5,000 and will be split between the two charities. The online donations page will remain open until London Vet Show.
Vet Trust chairman Mervyn Drever met up with the team near the end of their epic journey and witnessed how well the event was supported.
He said: “Vet Trust is delighted to be receiving this donation, which will help support and provide continuing education to veterinary surgeons and nurses – especially those in rural and remote practice. This will include funding a CPD place for a Vetlife beneficiary at our annual conference in Stirling.”
Vetlife president Geoff Little added: “The event is quite a logistical feat, so we really appreciate the effort Mike and everyone else who cycled or took part in the CPD events put in and, as ever, we appreciate the loyal support we get from the Scottish veterinary community.”