Luke Gamble cut his teeth as a mixed practice vet in the West Country. Now it's time to see if he can stand on his own two feet. Wild stallions, drowning cows and constipated snakes aside, Luke's challenges have only just begun.
No longer working at the West Country clinic, he's marrying the girl of his dreams while launching his own practice, Pilgrims. On top of that, he's managing his international veterinary charity and two other veterinary businesses. On his extreme travels around the world, Luke dodges hippos and chimps, and swaps the familiar farms of home for the refugee camps of Africa, all on his idealistic quest to make a difference.
But Luke is more than just an international vet. He's also a husband, a friend, an entrepreneur and, potentially, an Ironman triathlete. Does he have what it takes to juggle it all?
Luke Gamble graduated from Bristol University in 1999 as a vet and then went on to Cambridge to specialise in large animal medicine and surgery. Although primarily based in his New Forest practice, Pilgrims, his extra curricular work with the Worldwide Veterinary Service charity 'which he founded in 2003' takes him much further afield and was the subject of two TV series on Sky 1. He also runs an emergency service for animals in Dorset and a pet travel company. Luke is a black belt in karate, has run 152 miles across the Sahara to raise money for his charity 'and to impress his wife' and in 2010 was awarded the JA Wight 'James Herriot' Award by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals. Luke is married 'to a vet' and lives in New Forest with his three children, Angel the ridgeback and a bossy rescue cat called Charlie. The Vet: my wild and wonderful friends was his first book, which he followed-up with The Vet: the big wild world. Learn more about Luke and his charities by visiting his websites, www.lukegamble.com and www.wvs.org.uk, and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LukeGamble.