This year marks the 50th anniversary of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA). To celebrate, their members are taking on a whole host of challenges to raise £50,000 for Send a Cow.

Andrew Madel’s HerdLands End to John OGroats team

The BCVA has a special motivation for taking on these challenges. Andrew Madel was a lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College and inspired lots of future vets, many of whom went on to join the BCVA. Andrew was a big supporter of Send a Cow and when he retired he asked for a cow, hoping his colleagues would raise £650. They did him proud and raised a lot more, inspiring Andrew to set up his “herd.”

Andrew continued to raise funds for Send a Cow until he passed away in 2013. The £50,000 raised through the BCVA anniversary celebrations will also go to “Andrew Madel’s Herd,” building on his legacy and enabling even more smallholder farmers to work their way out of poverty.

Land’s End to John O’GroatsPaul and Andrew

BCVA President, Andrew Cobner, took on the incredible challenge of cycling 950 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with friends and colleagues joining him along the way.

The team were lucky to get some brilliant weather at the start of their trip. They stopped at various veterinary practises along the way, including Langford where they were joined by Send a Cow CEO, Paul Stuart.

As they headed towards Scotland, the weather took a turn. But fuelled by many bacon sandwiches and cakes, they powered on! Two weeks after they set off, Andrew and his team made it to John O’Groats.

You can read more about Andrew’s fantastic journey and donate here. 


Other challenges

BCVA friends and supporters have completed lots of other challenges includingCVO:

  • Five Chief Veterinary Officers and Ambassador Simon climbed Slieve Donard, Northern Irelands highest peak
  • A team of vets cycled across England from East to West
  • Chief Veterinary Officer Christianne Glossop walked from East to West across Wales

Thank you!

A huge thank you to all those who have taken part in challenges so far. With fundraising continuing throughout the year, you keep up to date via the BCVA twitter page.