Small animal vet Max Tuck aims to raise £10,000 for the Born Free Foundation by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Max Tuck, a veterinary surgeon who has worked with the Animed Veterinary Group for the past 25 years, is again challenging herself to climb Africa’s highest mountain.

The 49-year-old small animal vet, who lives near Southampton, has unfinished business on the mountain after suffering severe altitude sickness and dehydration, which prevented her from summiting in 2008. This time, she is totally committed to success and is aiming to raise £10,000 for Born Free Foundation, a dynamic international wildlife rescue and conservation charity. In addition to regular long-distance running and gym work as preparation, Max is also undertaking altitude training using a Hypoxico machine, which simulates altitudes of up to 6,500 metres.

Max said: “I heard about this type of training via the Altitude Centre in London, and decided to hire one of their machines for a month. It was quite an investment, but I am using it every day. It is sometimes hard to fit all the training in around my demanding work schedule, but I am prepared to do whatever it takes to get to the summit, and raise as much as I can for this fantastic charity.”

Max and her partner Stewart depart for Tanzania on 13th February. If you would like to help Max reach her target, you can contact Max on 01329 833112, or visit her Just Giving page at

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