Elanco Companion Animal Health is sponsoring the Vets with Horsepower European Tour which aims to raise £125,000 for SPANA by travelling 3,000 miles through Europe by motorbike between 22 August and 9 September.
Led by Professor Derek Knottenbelt from the University of Liverpool, the seven-strong team of top equine vets are planning to travel by motorbike through Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Morocco and Spain and deliver lectures to eight European and African veterinary schools in just two weeks.
The team also includes Professor Josh Slater from Royal Veterinary College, Dr John Burford from the University of Nottingham, Dr Caroline Hahn from the University of Edinburgh, Dr Michael Hewetson from the University of Helsinki, Ms Joanne Suthers from the University of Liverpool and Dr Edmund Hainisch from the University of Vienna. They are being supported by Jeremy Hulme, chief executive of SPANA, Nic Van Gelder, fundraising and supporter care administrator at SPANA and Cerian Stephens.
All money raised will provide SPANA with diagnostic and surgical equipment for the charity’s veterinary clinics for working animals in Mali and Mauritania and for the further development of the Bamako Disabled Riding Centre in Mali.
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Vets with Horsepower European Tour which will raise vital funds for working animals in some of the world’s poorest countries,” comments Mike Brown, Elanco’s UK and Ireland country director. “This is just one of the many worthwhile initiatives we are supporting in 2012 which focus on alleviating world hunger, spearheading agricultural leadership, enhancing the human-animal bond and caring for the environment.”
For further information on the Vets with Horsepower European Tour visit SPANA.