The UK team at Animalcare has been battling the lockdown blues and supporting their mental health by taking part in an exercise-based ‘Euro- challenge’ to virtually visit all of the cities in which the company’s seven European offices are based.

Each team member is choosing their preferred way of contributing to the total journey of 4,535 miles, with most cycling or running.  As they complete their exercise session, they log their distance on the Strava app.  The team is currently at ‘Barcelona’ – 2,239 miles into the challenge – with ‘Lisbon’ next on the list, before the return trip to Animalcare’s HQ in York.

Sarah Stokes, UK Head of Sales for Animalcare

The company has prepared an online travel guide for each of the cities the team is ‘visiting’ to give an insight into their history, cuisine and attractions.  Before reaching Barcelona, the team had already visited Greifswald in Germany, Breda in the Netherlands, Bruges and Milan.

Animalcare HR Manager Deborah Embleton said: “The pandemic and lockdown have turned life upside down for many over the last couple of months, with mental health charities reporting that they are being contacted by a growing number of people suffering with mental health problems.

“The wellbeing of our team is, of course, our priority and we’re all aware of the benefits of exercise and the positive impact this can have on both our physical and mental health.  Encouraging our team to get active, especially during Mental Health Awareness Week, and to meet the Euro-Challenge, seemed a great way to bring us together.  It’s proving great fun – so much so that some of our European colleagues are now also joining in.  We’re all feeling much better for the exercise and interaction and we’re now focused on covering the remaining miles and getting back to York.”

She added: “It’s an added bonus that to know that, when we do finally get to visit our European offices, we’ll know much more about the cities they’re in!”

Animalcare is celebrating Vet Nurse Awareness Month (VNAM), May 2020, by launching a search for the country’s Vet Nurse Heroes. The company is calling on veterinary team members to nominate nurse colleagues who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, particularly since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year.

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Five lucky winners will each receive a Betty’s Gift Box, brimming with tasty treats, including Betty’s champagne truffles, chocolate desires, Yorkshire tea and shortbread.

Commenting, Animalcare Product Manager James Beaumont said: “Hard-working, highly skilled veterinary nurses are the backbone of veterinary clinics up and down the country and, even in these difficult times, their dedication is shining through.

“During VNAM we want to highlight those veterinary nurses who are going the extra mile to make a difference to their colleagues, their patients and their communities. Perhaps they have shown innovative thinking or strong leadership during the pandemic. They may even have changed roles and be supporting the NHS or helping a charity.

“Whatever their achievement, we want to know about it so that we can highlight the key role veterinary nurses are playing, both in practice and beyond, as we live through the lockdown and start to emerge into a very different world. We hope the deserving winners will thoroughly enjoy the delicious contents of the Betty’s Giftbox. As a Yorkshire-based company, we felt they would be the perfect thank you to some amazing people.”

Nominations of up to 250 words can be made here: The deadline is Sunday 31 May 2020, with the five winners to be selected by a panel of Animalcare staff, including Senior Veterinary Manager Felicity Caddick and two Territory Managers, who are qualified vet nurses.