Luke Gamble’s veterinary practice, Pilgrims, is based in the New Forest in the South of England. In 2002, he founded the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) to support animal charities and non-profit organisations all over the world, followed in 2013 by Mission Rabies and, as CEO of both charities, he has raised over eight million pounds to support associated projects around the world.
Luke has starred in two primetime television series. In Vet Adventures (Sky 1 / Sky 3) he was followed by a camera crew for a year while travelling across the globe, providing a service to animals that desperately needed help.
In 2010, Luke was awarded the JA Wight (James Herriot) Memorial Award by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, for outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary degree of ‘Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery’ by Edinburgh University for pioneering leadership in the field of animal welfare and in 2018 he was made a ‘Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ for meritorious contributions to the profession.
Luke’s first book THE VET: MY WILD AND WONDERFUL FRIENDS is a both moving and hilarious account of his experiences setting up as a new vet and was published by Two Roads in 2011. His follow-up THE VET: THE BIG WILD WORLD, was published a year later with more eye-watering tales of life as a country vet.
With four of his own children to read to, Luke has more recently become a fan of fiction for younger readers. He was inspired to share his passion for animals and love of adventure and has written THE SECRET ANIMAL SOCIETY which will be published by Scholastic in October 2021.
Luke lives in Cornwall with his wife Cordelia, their four children, two ridgebacks, two very naughty rescue cats and a transient population of re-homed rescue rabbits.