Thursday, February 7, 2019

Vets with Horsepower is a group of equine vets and lecturers riding motorbikes to deliver CPD lectures across Europe and further afield to raise funds for charities. Founded in 2010 by Professor Derek Knottenbelt, the group of vets have now completed 8 fundraising tours across Europe and South Africa, raising over £640,000 for human and animal charities worldwide.

The group, veterinary companies and practices that have helped raised funds in 2018 received a heart-warming thank-you letter from Dr Johan Marais. Dr Marais is a vet with a passion for wildlife conservation, and through the South African charity Saving the Survivors he has devoted his career in helping the surviving victims of poaching attacks, as well as undertaking work to prevent further attacks. In his letter, Dr Marais expresses gratitude to all the veterinary companies and practices for the help they provided to Saving the Survivors via the Vets with Horsepower Fundraising efforts in 2018.

Vets with Horsepower raised over £80,000 in 2018 when they rode their motorbikes 4200 miles in 2 weeks from the UK to the Arctic circle and back, delivering CPD programmes in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany, and even performed an unexpected emergency surgery on a horse along the way! The money was raised via sponsorship from UK and European veterinary suppliers, sponsorship and fundraising by predominantly UK-based vet practices, CPD ticket sales and individual donations. The speakers do not charge a fee for their time so every penny raised can go to charity.

In July of 2019, the Vets with Horsepower will be mounting their motorbikes again to deliver lectures and wet labs at eight CPD events in Spain and Portugal. The beneficiary charities this year are Saving the Survivors, the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, the equine curriculum at the Mozambique veterinary school and Tiny Tickers. The speakers  are: Prof Derek Knottenbelt, Prof Roger Smith, Dr Jessica Kidd, Dr David Bardell, Dr Caroline Hahn, Dr John Burford, Dr Andy Crawford, Dr Jenny Croft, Dr Nancy Homewood, Dr Deon van Tonder, Dr Dietrich von Schweinitz and Dr Sanne Wilmink. They will provide lectures and/or practical sessions at Zaragoza, Madrid, Córdoba and Cáceres in Spain and Évora, Lisbon, Porto and Villa Real in Portugal. The group will leave the UK on the 6th of July and will return on the 21st of July.

Information about Vets with Horsepower, the companies and charities that support us and the charities we support is available on

  Thank-you letter from Dr Johan Marais

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