Local Vet Completes ‘Ironman’ Challenge as Practice Steps Up to Help Support Dogs

Raymond Owen, a vet at Ayres Veterinary Hospital in North Shields, has raised almost £700 for Support Dogs by completing the Outlaw ‘Ironman distance Triathlon’ in Nottingham on 26 July 2015. Raymond completed the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and full 26.2 mile marathon, in a time of 10 hours and 26 minutes, finishing 41st out of more than 1,000 entrants.

Raymond’s Iron Man feat is just one of a number of fundraising activities planned this year by the Ayres team to raise funds for Support Dogs, a charity which aims to increase the independence and quality of life for people with medical conditions by training and supporting specialist assistance dogs.  Ayres Veterinary Hospital is part of CVS (UK) Ltd and Support Dogs is its Charity of the Year for 2015.

On Sunday 13th September vet Jane Amaku will complete the Great North Run while Lisa Horsborough, receptionist, plans to climb Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.   Later this year, Joy Cook, receptionist at the Whitley Bay branch, who also runs Canine Academy, a dog training centre based in North Shields, plans to host a veterinary-focused Question Time event at Canine Academy. Ayres vet Anthony O’Mahony will be on hand to answer any questions.

Commenting on completing his event, Raymond said: ”To finish in the top 3% in my first long distance triathlon made training for between ten and fifteen hours a week for nine months  worthwhile. It is a big commitment on top of full time work but it is important to have a focus outside of work and I hope to do another similar event next year.”

Practice Manager Karen Armstrong added: ”Support Dogs is an amazing charity. Its dogs are trained to the highest degree and provide life-changing support to their owners, many of whom have Autism, epilepsy or disabilities.  We’re delighted to support its work!”

Ayres Veterinary Hospital is based in North Shields with branch surgeries in Whitley Bay, Cleadon and Cramlington.  It can be contacted on 0191 258 6886. Anyone wishing to support the team members’ fundraising efforts can donate on their justgiving pages or directly at the practice. More details on the veterinary Question Time event at  Canine Academy will also be available from the practice.