Team AHT - Ride London

Ride London – Surrey 100

Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 takes place on Sunday 30 July 2017 and will be taking riders on through the closed off roads in London on the route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics.

As part of our anniversary celebrations we are entering a bigger Ride London team than ever, made up 16 AHT staff, trustees and committed supporters. This includes our CEO, Dr Mark Vaudin, as well as Dr Cathryn Mellersh, our Head of Canine Genetics and Dr Richard Newton, our Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance.

The team have set themselves an ambitious target to raise £75,000 and every penny will go towards buying a new MRI machine for our veterinary clinic, helping sick and injured dogs and cats get the right diagnosis.

Who is cycling?

Dr Mark Vaudin, CEO
Mark has been Chief Executive and Head of Research at the Animal Health Trust since 2013. Mark lives near Cambridge with his family and is a keen sailor and gardener – and now cyclist! “I’m very excited about taking part in Ride London”, says Mark. “It’s a great opportunity to take in the iconic sites of London, such as Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and see the beautiful countryside of Surrey. To be riding as part of a team with a common goal makes the day even more enjoyable. In 2017 we are celebrating the Animal Health Trust’s 75th anniversary and the money we raise will go some way towards buying a new MRI scanner for our clinics. The new MRI will enable us to continue to be a centre of excellence when it comes to diagnosing and treating animals.”

Simon Broomfield, a long-time supporter
“We have followed the work of the AHT for many years, most recently when we contributed with other members of the UK Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club for the breed to be included in the ‘Give a Dog a Genome’ initiative. As a minority breed we strive to follow responsible breeding lines, so this is a fantastic opportunity to utilise genetics research and the latest technology to improve the health of future generations. Our own girl, Leia, is affected by degenerative myelopathy and her DNA has now been banked by the AHT for sequencing. Whilst she cannot be cured we hope that the sequencing of her DNA can help future lines. When I saw that the AHT was looking for cyclists to take part in the Ride London I thought this would be a wonderful way to help raise funds for the Trust while at the same time I get to take part in this great event.”

Dr. Cathryn Mellersh, Head of Canine Genetics
“I am lucky enough to work at the Animal Health Trust, so I know what an utterly special institution it is. The dedicated AHT staff combine clinical expertise with rigorous scientific research to effectively treat individual animals and also prevent illness in thousands more. This complementary approach is unique and is why the AHT is so successful at tackling disease and injury in companion animals. I have worked in the Canine Genetics research team for 16 years and during that period all my dogs have been treated at the AHT, so it’s not an exaggeration for me to say that both my professional and personal life has been significantly influenced by the AHT. Cycling 100 miles will be a significant challenge as I not have cycled anywhere close to this distance before, but I am excited to rise to the challenge and raise funds for the AHT at the same time.”