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: the big wild world is TV vet Luke Gamble’s next collection of heart-warming tales of his life as a country vet. Luke 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. Some of these challenges include launching Pilgrims, his own practice, marrying the girl of his dreams, managing vet businesses and his international charity WVS.
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. Does he have what it takes to juggle it all?
Warm, funny and touching, Luke’s adventures inspire and entertain.
‘Luke Gamble is a West Country treasure…like Dr Dolittle, but real’
‘A gamut of emotions; laughter, serious weeping, but always enjoyable!’
Clarissa Dickson Wright
‘Writing the books has been a complete joy – the stories were just bursting to come out. Every day as a vet I’m learning new things, which is part of the great and enjoyable challenge of being a vet and making a difference. All this is only possible of course with a support network around me of fantastic colleagues and a wonderful family – I’m indebted to all of them for their support, faith and patience!
- Luke Gamble, on writing The Vet books
Read an extract of The Vet in the Daily Mail, here
‘Luke Gamble tells of the horror of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak from a personal angle with the terrible consequences on the farmers he visits, challenging you to keep a dry eye. But not content with the challenges of everyday vet work, he embarks on an epic 152-mile run across the Sahara to raise money for his charity and win the heart of his wife Cordelia.’
4**** BBC Countryfile Magazine
_For anyone who has even the slightest interest in animals, this book is a must read. Luke Gamble is the new James Herriott and Gerald Durrell.
What’s Good To Do (UK blog)
Click on the images below to read Luke Gamble’s interview in The Lady…The Dishy Dr Dolittle
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, his extracurricular 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, 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 and lives in the New Forest with his two children, a ridgeback and a bossy rescue cat called Charlie.
To learn more about Luke, the WVS and his TV series on Sky, visit his website.
- Daily Mail serial
- Luke Gamble’s website
- World Veterinary Service
- Vet Adventures blog
- Luke Gamble Q&A
- Vet Adventures on Sky1
MORE LUKE IN ACTION
Lambing, March 2011