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  1. Sarah Endersby, veterinary adviser for Ceva Animal Health

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Sarah Endersby is a veterinary adviser for Ceva Animal Health and was one of the company's team that recently completed the Three Peaks Challenge. Keeping fit is just one of her many interests

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How did you get to where you are today?

I wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember. I studied at the Royal Veterinary College and my first job was in mixed practice, where I quickly learnt that the clients can be more challenging than the patients. I then moved into small animal practice either side of a career break to have my children. I found working part-time in practice frustrating, and joining Ceva Animal Health as a small animal veterinary adviser in 2010 was perfect – I can work full-time, look after the children and use my veterinary knowledge. I love my job thanks to the variety of my work: I get to speak with many members of our friendly profession about exciting information; I advise pet owners, help to train our team and continue learning myself.

How did you get involved in the Three Peaks Challenge?

Medical Detection Dogs is Ceva's chosen charity for 2012 (a charity that fits in well with one of the company's core aims – to support the human-animal bond) – and, although we raise money throughout the year (for example at our inaugural welfare awards [VR, May 19, 2012, vol 170, p 508], we wanted to have an event the whole company could focus on to boost our fundraising. Everyone at Ceva was involved, either walking the peaks or providing much-needed support. We raised £10,000.

How much training did you do?

The Three Peaks is 24 miles long and quite challenging, so we were lucky to have one of our territory managers with personal training experience to write us a schedule six months beforehand, incorporating exercise three times a week. I hadn't practiced climbing big hills enough though and it definitely showed on the day. My eldest son joined us for the last peak, which helped me finish the walk.

What does Medical Detection Dogs do?

Medical Detection Dogs (www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk) is a charity that trains dogs to help people with life-threatening health conditions, giving them greater independence and, above all, saving lives on a daily basis. The dogs involved are trained to accurately identify and alert these individuals to changes in human health by detecting minute changes in body odour. A fantastic example is the 25 dogs the charity has placed with diabetic individuals. The dogs provide an early alert to changing glucose levels, allowing these diabetics to take appropriate action, which has made a huge difference to the number of hypoglycaemic episodes they experience. It is a very exciting area and the potential for such dogs is huge.

How do you keep fit?

I swam competitively when I was younger, and now my children are involved with swimming at a local club. Lifeguarding at their training sessions is one of the ways I can pay back some of what the sport gave to me. I don't have time to train myself, but I am training to be a qualified official to help with competitions. Running was never something I enjoyed doing when I swam, but I have since found that the endorphin release is addictive. Again, I don't have time to train as much as I used to, but 10 km is a nice distance.

What other hobbies do you have?

I played the violin until I broke my fingers, and enjoyed playing in an orchestra. I now sing in a choir. There is the same team spirit and sense of pulling together to produce the best sound possible. We get to sing at wonderful locations, including St George's Chapel, Windsor, later this year.

The skills I have developed presenting to people for my job have really helped me to cope with any solo performances.

I have also been investigating my family history. I wanted to find out if any of my ancestors had animal related jobs, as there were none in my recent family. Many on my father's side of the family were agricultural labourers in Kent. However, my great great grandfather was a groom in London who met his demise after being injured by one of the horses he was caring for.

What were your proudest moments?

Becoming a vet was definitely one of them, but also having my children and seeing my dad receive an MBE from the Queen this year.

… and your most embarrassing?

My most embarrassing moment has to be accidently pulling on Adrian Moorhouse's trunks in the warm-up of a swimming competition – I was doing backstroke and I thought he was the wall.

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