The Vet - The Big Wild World
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?
The Vet - My Wild and Wonderful Friends
When he was a small boy, Luke’s mother gave him a copy of a James Herriot book with the inscription: ‘One day you might write a book like this’…
The Vet: My Wild and Wonderful Friends is TV vet Luke Gamble’s collection of heart-warming tales of his life as an idealistic and naïve vet in his first year of practice in the West Country.
‘A gamut of emotions; laughter, serious weeping, but always enjoyable!’ Clarissa Dickson Wright
‘Vet school provides you with the fundamentals, but there are things you’ll never learn until you’re out there, on the job, being mauled by a lovelorn donkey or running round in circles with a particularly truculent goose. One of the most novel bits of vetting I was to learn in my first two months of practice was that it is actually illegal to release a grey squirrel back into the wild. Not quite as interesting as the urban myth that the seemingly benign daddy long-legs has a bite, which – if it had a mouth big enough to actually nip you, could kill a grown man in seconds – but nevertheless, still something I had to learn.’
The Vet is published by Two Roads Books and is available to buy in Waterstones and Amazon UK.
Academic and scientific publications:
- Gamble L. The Mission Continues... Veterinary Record 2014;174:292-294 doi:10.1136/vr.g1871
- Gamble L. Mission Rabies 1 year on VT 44-46 17th November 2014 Part 1
- Gamble L. We could, we should, and we will nail rabies...Vet Times 45.35 August 2015
- Gibson A.D., Ohal P, Shervell K, Handel I.G., Bronsvoort B.M., Mellanby R.J. and Gamble L. Vaccinate-assess-move method of mass canine rabies vaccination utilising mobile technology data collection in Ranchi, India BMC Infectious Diseases 15:589 (2015)
- Gibson AD, Handel IG, Shervell K, Roux T, Mayer D, et al. (2016) The Vaccination of 35,000 Dogs in 20 Working Days Using Combined Static Point and Door-to-Door Methods in Blantyre, Malawi. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10(7): e0004824. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004824