(left to right) Mike Day, Graham Smith, Jean-Pierre Dick, Phil Shepherd, David Mason, Nic Chapman and Andy Mead
A group of 12 vets spent 28-29 June with Virbac Paprec 70, a yacht captained by Jean-Pierre Dick, son of Virbac’s founder Pierre Richard Dick. Jean-Pierre is a world-renowned yachtsman and was competing in this year’s Route des Prince race. His Virbac-sponsored yacht is a MOD70 multi-hull and has been newly built this year.
The Route des Prince race covers a distance of 3,045 nautical miles between Valencia and the Bay of Morlaix via Lisbon and Dublin, Dún Loaghaire. It stops off in Plymouth for two days and, during the break, the teams compete in a series of inshore races. It was during this stopover that the 12 vets, all Virbac customers, joined Jean-Pierre and his crew, experiencing both a race on board the yacht and another following behind in a speedboat.
Phil Shepherd, Partner at the Birch Veterinary Centre in Merseyside, commented: “It was an awesome experience – the sailing equivalent of sitting on Lewis Hamilton’s shoulder during a Formula One race!”
Nic Chapman, Southern Regional Manager for Virbac, commented: “The weather was fantastic and the experience of being aboard Virbac Paprec 70, both for the sailors and non-sailors among us, was exhilarating to say the least! We all had a great couple of days and enjoyed our glimpse into the life of a yachting crew.”
Founded by a veterinary surgeon, Virbac is dedicated to supporting the veterinary profession through the development of innovative products and services, which help animals to lead longer, healthier lives. One of the largest independent veterinary pharmaceutical companies in the world, its wide product portfolio includes many market-leading and award-winning products for large and small animals.
Virbac aims to work in close partnership with its customers, providing the advice and support they need to run successful, profitable businesses. Many of the services it offers are available through its innovative practice support portal www.my-virbac.co.uk