by Lisa McGarry

The World Wide Vet follows Dorset vet Luke Gamble as he travels the world treating animals in need. Visiting countries as diverse as INDIA, GRENADA, MALAWI and MEXICO to name but a few, the five part series will see Luke do his best to treat any species of animal that needs help – both domestic and wild – in places where they have no one else to turn to and challenging his skills to the limit.

Journeying through the rainforests of South America, jungles of Asia to the plains of Africa, The World Wide Vet will feature a diverse range of animals from dogs, cats and horses through to buffaloes, leopards, chimpanzees and elephants. A veterinary travelogue covering almost every continent, the ten part series will see the British vet visit sanctuaries, charities and animal shelters in each country as well as immersing himself in local culture and traditions. Covering the sociological, environmental and ethical questions surrounding animal welfare Luke seeks to highlight the pressures facing animals across the planet and do his bit to try to make a difference.

Luke Gamble comments, “I run a small country practice on the south coast of England. My goal is to treat as many animals as possible during my career and to help the people that depend on them. To that end I set up a charity to provide free veterinary help to those most in need often in remote corners of the world and doing this work in my spare time is a way for me to combine my passion for being a vet with adventure and challenge, enabling me to really help animals who often have no access to veterinary help – as well as the communities that might depend on them.”

“It has been a privilege to be a part of this series, to highlight the selfless work of some inspirational people and organisations who championing the cause of animal welfare in often very difficult situations and circumstances.

Throughout the series Luke spends time with different animal charities to join in with their work and help them as best he can. It’s not standard work like he experiences in the UK.

“There are always cultural and religious sensitivities that may affect how I can treat an injured animal in any given situation. Cows are scared in India and can’t be euthansed, superstitions in other parts of the world also affected certain ways I could approach things. Often I face very difficult dilemmas in situations where there isn’t always a clear right or wrong answer. In many cases, there are considerations about the effect my treatments might have on the communities where the animals live which has a strong influence on the available options.

Luke Gamble is a 33-year old member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and founder of Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), which was established in 2003 to provide aid and assistance to animal charities and non-profit organisations around the world. In this time Luke and his charity have assisted over 400 associated charities from five continents and they visit around 30 different countries each year.

Friday 12th February, 8pm, Sky1/HD