I first remember meeting Derek Knottenbelt in the summer of 1998. Edwina Little, Karen Frearson, Dave Hallas and myself spent 5 weeks in Zimbabwe as part of our seeing practice organised by Derek who was a lecturer at a very modern vet school in Harare before Mugabe wrought his havoc.
After that trip, Derek decided to come to work at Liverpool vet school. I think the four of us must have persuaded him! Derek came to my 30th and bought me a fantastic volume of Courtenay Selous’ big game tracking in Africa.
Derek is an adventurer and along with several other vets went on his motorbike in Europe last year touring and lecturing at various locations. The Vets with Horsepower North European 2014 tour consisted of 12 equine vets travelling an amazing 3500 miles on motorbike through the Baltic Countries, Western Russia and Scandinavia delivering high quality equine CPD. During this hectic tour they presented in 8 different countries, raising money for two charities, The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust and The Smile Train. The Gambia Horse and Donkey trust aims to reduce rural poverty through improving the health, welfare and productivity of working equines in The Gambia. The Smile Train is dedicated to helping the millions of children in the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate through providing free surgery and follow up care, and free training for medical professionals to promote sustainability.
This whole event was sponsored by MSD Animal Health and they wanted to make sure everybody had the opportunity to enjoy the brilliant lectures that were delivered.
The first lecture is on Wednesday at 8pm and will be given by Professor Josh Slater who will be talking about the role of vaccines in controlling equine respiratory disease. Over the next 6 weeks we will be covering a wide range of topics
It starts this Wednesday. Please share this with your colleagues and consider giving a little bit of money to these marvellous charities
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday
To your CPD success
PS don’t forget to share the link with equine colleagues. This series should be a cracker!