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LUKE GAMBLE

Founder & CEO

 

Luke Gamble Mission Rabies was born out of a desire to make a difference to the lives of millions of people and dogs across India.

In 2002, Luke Gamble founded the charity, Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), with the aims of alleviating suffering and promoting the welfare and moral perception of animals around the world. Giving up his spare time to volunteer with the charity, Luke has seen, first-hand, the devastating effects of rabies on people and animals and was determined to do something about it. Many of the international animal welfare organisations that WVS work with have made huge strides in combating rabies through sustained vaccination of dogs, so Luke decided to harness these proven methods and join forces with WVS's vast network of animal welfare advocates to make a difference in India, the world's hotspot for rabies.

With the help of incredible sponsors like Dogs Trust, not to mention fantastic veterinary staff at the International Training Centre - established by WVS in Southern India and which has so far trained over 300 Indian vets in welfare-friendly neutering techniques - as well as a dedicated team back in the UK; Mission Rabies has developed from an idea into a reality which is set to save the lives of thousands of dogs and people across India.

Seeing the fear this disease creates in local communities and the needless cruel deaths of thousands of dogs, I knew I had to do something. As veterinary professionals, this is our opportunity to really give something back. Rabies can be stopped and we have the know-how to do it - we just need you to join us and make Mission Rabies a success.
There is a huge team behind Mission Rabies and the brilliant individuals below are some of the key people who are putting heart and soul into driving this project forwards and making it all it can be.

Kate Shervell

Kate Shervell

International Director

Kate graduated as a vet from the University of Bristol in 2004 with a keen interest in animal welfare and world travel. She soon discovered Worldwide Veterinary Service and began volunteering on overseas animal welfare projects across Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. She has worked in a number of veterinary clinics in the UK, as well as the Veterinary Disaster Managment team of an international NGO and has a particular interest in Emergency and Critical Care.

Kate joined the WVS team for a year in 2009, before taking on the role of International Director of Mission Rabies in 2012. She lives in Surrey, UK, with her husband and a rescue collie and two cats, and enjoys walking long distance trails and playing folk music.


Andy Gibson

Andy Gibson

Epidemiology and Research Manager

After working and researching in charity veterinary practice in the UK, Andy began working for Mission Rabies in 2013, initially as a volunteer, vaccinating dogs in Kolkata.

His previous experience using smartphone technology in the epidemiological setting in Zanzibar, Tanzania, transferred to work on rabies and he was tasked to developing a tailor made smartphone app to overcome challenges faced during mass dog vaccination campaigns. The app now has over 300,000 entries and is used in 7 countries. Andy drives the field strategy of Mission Rabies projects, develops surveillance protocols for testing rabid dogs and gathering data on intervention impact. Description of the 'Vaccinate-Assess-Move' methodology used in India was successfully published in December 2015.

He oversees the research activities of the charty and ongoing mobile technology developments. He is currently undertaking a PhD at The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh studying the methods and outcomes of mass dog vaccination and rabies surveillance.


Jordana Burdon Bailey

Jordana Burdon Bailey

International veterinary Projects Manager

Jordana qualified from Cambridge University in 2006 and worked for a mixed practice for 3.5 years in Lincolnshire. Left to travel the world, she worked and volunteered at different organisations around the world. Back in the UK, she then worked at a mixed practice near her home, Sheffield, for 16 months before leaving to work for TOLFA in Rajasthan, India for 16 months as a Rescue Team Veterinarian and Assistant Indian Project Coordinator. Among her tasks were the treatment of mostly small animal rescue cases, surgeries, as well as looking after volunteers. During that time she also ran the Bikaner vaccination checkpoint and subsequently joined Mission Rabies.


Frederic Lohr

Frederic Lohr

Global Operations Officer

Frederic joined the Mission Rabies team in September 2014.

A graduate from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Munich, Germany in 2013, he is also a past president of the International Veterinary Students' Association and is working on establishing and maintaining key partnerships for Mission Rabies with international organisations and partners.

Frederic is also involved in the day-to-day running of the charity and project management. He will be working on improving the disease surveillance at our project sites with the start of his PhD in 2017.


rosie frost

rosie frost

administrator

Rosie joined Mission Rabies in September 2016, after graduating from the University of York with a BA in History and Politics.

Her studies focused on international development and relations, and alongside her degree, she was involved in voluntary work and human rights campaigning on campus, and travelled to Asia and Cuba during summer breaks. Working at Mission Rabies allows her to combine all these interests with her love of animals. Rosie’s role covers a broad range of administration tasks, helping to keep the office running smoothly.  

Rosie joined Mission Rabies in September 2016, after graduating from the University of York with a BA in History and Politics. Her studies focused on international development and relations, and alongside her degree, she was involved in voluntary work and human rights campaigning on campus, and travelled to Asia and Cuba during summer breaks. Working at Mission Rabies allows her to combine all these interests with her love of animals. Rosie’s role covers a broad range of administration tasks, helping to keep the office running smoothly.  


James Florence

James Florence

WVS Managing Director

James is Managing Director of Worldwide Veterinary Service and has spent much of his life working for animal welfare and conservation organisations overseas. He returned to the UK in 2010, after spending 8 years in Zambia where he founded an elephant release programme and helped establish it to become the country's only elephant orphanage and rehabilitation centre.

James also spent two years working in a wildlife sanctuary, helping to rescue and rehabilitate a vast array of African wildlife and also creating a marketing strategy for other sanctuaries in developing countries to follow.


Dr Dagmar Mayer

Dr Dagmar Mayer

WVS Veterinary Manager

Dagmar studied veterinary medicine in Munich, Germany, graduating in 2002. After finishing her postgraduate doctorate in 2004 she spent 6 years in the UK working as a vet in small animal practices and out of hours emergency clinics around the country.

Since 2009, Dagmar has worked as a volunteer on several veterinary projects in Europe and Africa and was part of the teaching staff during the first training of Indian vets at the WVS International Training Centre in Ooty.

Dagmar is now living back in Munich with her dog Oskar where she is working as a locum veterinary surgeon. From July 2013, Dagmar will be travelling through the South of India, co-ordinating the international and local teams in preparation for and during Mission Rabies.


Ian Battersby

Ian Battersby

Trustee & Specialist Medicine Consultant

Ian graduated from Bristol University in 1998. Following periods working in mixed practice and small animal practice he returned to Bristol at the beginning of 2001 to complete a four-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Ian was awarded the RCVS and European Diplomas in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2005 and RCVS Specialist status in 2007.

Ian now works in the internal medicine department at Davies Veterinary Specialist and is the current Chair of the Small Animal Medicine Society. Ian recently chaired the group which developed the BSAVA/SAMSOC, 'ARE YOU PROTECTING?' antibiotic poster, and was awarded the BSAVA Melton award in 2013


Paula Boyden

Paula Boyden

Veterinary Director, Dogs Trust

Paula graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992. She then spent 11 years in general practice before joining Intervet / Schering-Plough Animal Health as a veterinary adviser in 2003. She joined Dogs Trust as Deputy Veterinary Director in June 2010 and became Veterinary Director in August 2011.


Dr Richard Mellanby

Dr Richard Mellanby

Specialist Medicine & Research Consultant

Richard graduated from University of Glasgow in 1998 and holds the RCVS Certificate and Diploma in Small Animal Medicine, as well as the ECVIM Diploma in Companion Animal medicine. Richard was then awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowship to undertake studies into T cell activation and regulation in diabetes for which he was awarded a PhD in 2007.

Richard moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2007 and was appointed Head of Small Animal Medicine in 2011 and Head of Veterinary Clinical Research in 2012. He has published over 80 peer reviewed publications and runs a broad ranging basic science and clinical research programme which is principally focused on further understanding the role of immune system in health and disease. He is the Specialist Protocol Consultant for Mission Rabies.


Chris Payne

Chris Payne

WVS Logistical Support Officer

Chris is employed by Worldwide Veterinary Service as Logistical Support Officer and he is involved in covering the day to day liaison between the different groups involved with Mission Rabies, as well as assisting in the shipping of the Mission Rabies vehicle and the general logistics involved in the project.

 


There is a huge team behind Mission Rabies and the brilliant individuals below are some of the key people who are putting heart and soul into driving this project forwards and making it all it can be.

  Dr Chinny Krishna

Dr Chinny Krishna
mission rabies india president

Chinny Krishna was a co-founder, in 1964, of the Blue Cross of India, one of India's most active animal welfare organisations and the home of the Animal Birth Control -Anti Rabies (ABC) programme. The Blue Cross of India completes fifty years of service to animals on March 31, 2014. An Engineer by training and an industrialist by profession, he is currently the Vice Chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India, Government of India and serves on several key Committees of the Government of India. He is also a member of the Board of several Companies and charities including the CPRamaswami Aiyar Foundation, the CPR Environmental Education Centre (a centre of excellence of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India) and serves on the Board of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). He is also an elected Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and the Indian Institution of Chemical Engineers.


Dr Murugan Appupillai

Dr Murugan Appupillai

India Education Director

Dr Murugan graduated in Zoology from American College in 1975 and in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from Madras Veterinary College, India in 1982. Out of his passion for Rural Development, he worked for 'OPERATION FLOOD' and 'FMD CONTROL' Projects for the National Dairy Development Board, India for 20 years until 2002, then he served the Indian Government as ITEC Expert in the Indian High Commission.

He has since been posted in South America, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the United Kingdom working in the veterinary industry, farm development, dairy production and disease control project management before settling with his family in the United Kingdom as a British Citizen.

Murugan was looking for a career change to work with pet animals, whilst utilising his background in disease control, and was attracted by Mission Rabies, which led him to join the team as Senior Veterinay Co-ordinator, based in southern India.

Murugan enjoys social works and is the past president and member of Rotary club. He loves his family and pets and enjoys spending time with them and travelling.


 Praveen Ohal

Praveen Ohal
North India Regional Manager
 

Dr Shashikant Shivaji Jadhav

Dr Shashikant Shivaji Jadhav

Central and East India Regional Manager

Dr. Shashikant Shivaji Jadhav completed his graduation in 2003 and postgraduation in 2006 from Nagpur Veterinary College, Maharashtra.

In 2008, Dr. Jadhav founded his own animal welfare organisation (AWO), Vet for Animals (VFA), which has neutered and vaccinated over 30,410 dogs and provided a further 12,783 anti-rabies vaccines. They also provides technical support to other AWOs who require their expertise.

Dr. Shashi brings extensive experience in Animal Birth Control (ABC) work and has performed more than 15,000 spay and neuter surgeries of street dogs. He also works with rescue and rehabilitation operations of wild birds in Ahmadabad during 'Uttarayan'.

Dr. Shashi is the Secretary for both Vets For Animals and ABC INDIA. He is an avid basketball player and has participated in inter-university Basketball games and is also a holder of the NCC C certificate with an A grade.


Antony Rubin

Antony Rubin

Logistics Manager

Antony is a focused and dedicated animal welfare enthusiast who has been an Honorary Animal Welfare Officer for the Animal Welfare Board of India and was awarded the People for Animals Animal Activist of the Year. He has a bachelors and masters degree in Sociology and has taken part in numerous animal rescues as an active volunteer with People for Animals. He currently volunteers with the Chennai Adoption Drive, re-homing abandoned and stray animals.

Antony has a passion for biking, photography and travel, and has travelled the world's highest motorable road by bike. He lives in Chennai and is working for Mission Rabies as Logistics Support Officer.


Dr Ilona Otter

Dr Ilona Otter

WVS Director of International Veterinary Training

Ilona studied in the University of Helsinki, Finland, and started her career in mixed veterinary practice in 2003. She came to India in 2004 and has since been involved with India Project for Animals and Nature (IPAN) in Tamil Nadu as a veterinary consultant.

In 2009, Ilona and her husband, Nigel Otter, began work with Worldwide Veterinary Service to establish the International Training Centre which has so far trained over 800 veterinarians from around India in spay/neuter surgery. She completed an MSc degree from the Royal Veterinary College of London in 2012.

Ilona lives permanently in the Nilgiris district in South India with her family that extends from husband and two daughters, Emma and Saara, to some 200 resident animals of the IPAN Hill View Farm Animal Refuge.


Nigel Otter

Nigel Otter

WVS Asia Director of Operations

Nigel is Chairman of WVS India, as well as the managing trustee of Mission Rabies' main partner in India - India Project for Animals and Nature (IPAN). He has received the Jaigopal Garodia Animal Activist Award in 2003, Civil Society Citizen Karmaveer Puraskaar in 2008 and Kulapathi Munshi Award in 2013 for his dedication to animal welfare and nature conservation.

Nigel is appointed as an Hon. Animal Welfare Officer by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and has been a member of the Governing Body of the Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO). He also was a nominee for the CBCSE (laboratory animal welfare) in the Nilgiris district.


There is a huge team behind Mission Rabies and the brilliant individuals below are some of the key people who are putting heart and soul into driving this project forwards and making it all it can be.

Tarryn Roux

Tarryn Roux

malawi project manager