Help WVS reach a Mile of Smiles

Here at Liz Lean PR, we love our two office dogs, Zennor and Badger. Liz’s dog, Zennor,  is a wily, wise old girl, breed unknown, who owns the Sandbanks promenade. While my younger pup, Badger, is a less worldly, but very enthusiastic cockapoo.

Badger and his poorly paw

When Badger hurt his paw, see photo above, I was able to take him straight to the vets to make him better. Sadly, not every animal is lucky enough to have vets nearby to treat them…

International charity Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) was established in 2003 to provide aid and assistance to poorly animals  in places where there is normally no ready access to veterinary services.

WVS has today launched the ‘WVS Mile of Smiles’ winter appeal to spread sunshine and warmth through the chilly days ahead.

It is said a smile costs nothing… but if it did, it could save thousands of animals’ lives all around the world. With just one month to go until Christmas, the fun, feel-good campaign aims to raise thousands of pounds to help animals in desperate need in countries where no veterinary help is available.

Anyone can take part by simply donating £2 and a smiley photograph of themselves or a picture of their beloved pet.

WVS, operates from a small office behind a second-hand bookshop in Cranborne, Dorset, needs 10,560 photographs. Laid side by side, the smiles will stretch for a mile. The appeal will in turn spread smiles across the world as money raised is poured into sending teams of vets, volunteers and supplies to help save lives.

You can send a donation and your photograph online at Businesses, schools, colleges, clubs and societies interested in getting involved should contact Mel or Amy at Liz Lean PR on 01202 701828 or email or

Founder of WVS, Luke Gamble, who recently starred in TV series Vet Adventures, said: “We hope this appeal will capture people’s imaginations. The run-up to Christmas has feel-good stamped all over it so seems the perfect time to launch an appeal for smiles. We are very excited at the thought of a mile of photographs stretching out, each one from someone who took the time to give £2. Their gift will help animals and the people who rely on them in dire need around the world.”

Cheeky chimps, white rhinos & the mountain gorilla- Don’t miss the last episode of VET ADVENTURES!

Mysterious mountain Gorillas on episode 5 of Vet Adventures

Today sadly sees the final episode of Vet Adventures with Dorset vet Luke Gamble in Uganda with some of world’s most endangered animals.

We think its a really wonderful moment as he tracks down white rhinos that have been released back into the wild after a 25-year absence. As usual the programme is packed full of adventure as Luke follows the rehabilitation of two young, cheeky chimps and heads deep into the heart of the forest to find one of the world’s most mystifying creatures, the magnificent mountain gorilla.

Luke with the gorillas being filmed for episode 5 of Vet Adventures

This exciting five-part series on Sky1 HD and Sky1 has followed Luke across the world as he encounters and treats a huge variety of animals in desperate need of help, pushing him professionally, and at times, emotionally to his limit.

Luke explained to us: “This series has been life-changing for me. We have managed to help so many animals in need and I will never forget the incredible people we met on our journey who devote their lives to caring for them.

“I run a small country practice in Dorset, but through these programmes and the work of my charity, the Worldwide Veterinary Service, my goal is to treat as many animals as possible and help the people that depend on them. WVS is in action all over the world and this series has highlighted just a few of the incredible charities that we support. Combining my passion for being a vet with the adventure that WVS trips offer, I’m able to really help the animals that would normally go untreated.”

The last episode it on Sky1 at 8pm, we’ll be watching so make sure you are too!

VET ADVENTURES on Sky One tonight

We’re all excited in the LLPR office as tonight on Sky One and Sky One HD, is the launch of Vet Adventures!

Luke treating a leopard in Malawi for the first series of Vet Adventures

At 8pm, we’ll all be glued to our screens to watch local vet, Luke Gamble, travel to Zambia to treat the dogs, kittens, monkeys, eagle owls, elephants, the list goes on…

Monitoring and rescuing the sea turtles in Grenada

While in Zambia, the Worldwide Veterinary Service worked alongside Lusaka Animal Welfare Society, Munda Wanga Trust and Elephant Orphanage Project to support and highlight the incredible work that the charities achieve, under what is often very challenging conditions.

Luke working with the Elephant Orphanage Project in Zambia

Remember to watch or record tonight and let us know what you thought of the first episode…

Join Vet Adventures on facebook to find out more

How do you attach a fake leg to an elephant? “Very carefully!”

Luke with the baby elephant landmine victim

Our client, Worldwide Veterinary Service, appeared in the Sun on Monday, in the run up to the launch of their fantastic documentary Vet Adventures on  Sky One HD on Wednesday 25th August at 8pm. Set your sky plus or V+ peeps, it’s definitely one not to be missed!

Dorset based, Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) is a registered UK charity whose emphasis is on providing a sustainable veterinary resource to help animal organisations around the world.

Vet Adventures follows Luke Gamble, vet and founder of the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), as he travels the world treating animals in need. Visiting countries as diverse as Nepal, Peru, Zambia and Costa Rica, the second series will document Luke’s Adventures as he encounters and treats many species of animal, both domestic and wild. The aim is not just to improve animal welfare but also to benefit the local communities in which he works.

Here is the Sun’s article if you would like to read more.

Luke treating a baby elephant while filming Vet Adventures

On the road to recovery after being treated by Luke