Caring for the four-legged Olympians

Lesley Barwise-Munro (left) and Rosie Mould.
Lesley Barwise-Munro (left) and Rosie Mould.
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TWO north Northumberland vets have spoken of their pride after being selected for prestigious events.

Lesley Barwise-Munro, from Bilton, near Alnwick, has been chosen to be a member of the veterinary team that will look after the horses at this year’s London Olympics.

Rosie Mould, from Longframlington, will travel as a British Team vet to the World Single Horse Carriage Driving Championships in Portugal in September.

Both women are currently part of the dedicated equine team at Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group’s Fairmoor Equine Clinic in Morpeth.

Featuring at an international level in their profession is an exceptional achievement and their selections reflect the depth and breadth of their equine veterinary experience, both in practice and in competitive events over the years.

Lesley was chosen from hundreds of other vets and she will carry out her duties in all of the equestrian disciplines, including in-stable and on the cross-country course in the eventing phase.

“It’s a real honour and privilege to be selected and I’m really looking forward to being involved, especially on cross-country day,” she said.

In order to qualify for the event in Portugal, Rosie had to learn all the FEI rules and legislation and pass an exam.

She will assess the horses to ensure that they are fit to compete, travel with the team and monitor and treat the horses if required at the competition.

Rosie said: “It is an exciting opportunity for me to represent my country and I am looking forward to being there to offer the veterinary support for Great Britain.”