Luke Gamble graduated from Bristol University in 1999 as a vet and spent a year as Clinical Scholar in large animal medicine and surgery at Cambridge University.
Although primarily a mixed practice vet and based in his New Forest surgery, Pilgrims Veterinary Practice, Luke's passion is his extracurricular work with the charities Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) and Mission Rabies which he founded in 2003 and 2013 respectively. Luke is the CEO of both organisations, and to date has raised over three million pounds to support the charities and associated projects around the world, including the launch of WVS India in 2010 and an International Training Centre in Ooty, Tamil Nadu.
This voluntary work takes Luke much further afield and was the subject of two TV series on Sky 1. Luke additionally set up and ran an emergency OOH service for animals, covering 28 practices in Bournemouth and Poole for eight years, and is the founding director of pet travel companies in the UK, South Africa and the UAE.
Luke is the author of two books, a black belt in karate, an Ironman triathlete and has completed the Marathon des Sables – a 152 mile self supported foot race across the Sahara desert. In 2010, he was awarded the JA Wight (James Herriot) Award by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals. In 2012 Luke featured on the Independent on Sunday list of 101 inspirational Great Britons. Luke is married and lives in the New Forest with his three children, a ridgeback, a bossy rescue cat called Charlie and an ever growing collection of re homed rabbits!