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Vets Bake Off to Help Fight Rabies

Staff at Davies Veterinary Specialists in Higham Gobion, Hertfordshire, showcased their cooking skills earlier this month with their very own Bake Off competition. The event has raised money to help the practice send two members of staff to Malawi to help vaccinate street dogs as part of the important international Mission Rabies project.

Winner Dr Clive Elwood with Nic Taylor and Olivia Ellis

Winner Dr Clive Elwood with Nic Taylor and Olivia Ellis

The DVS Bake Off has become an annual favourite with staff at the busy referral practice, not least because they get to eat all the cakes and pies in order to judge the calibre of the entries. Organised by Veterinary Oncologist and Bake Off addict Dr Mark Goodfellow, the competition ran over a week in early November, during which entries were submitted anonymously for judging. Staff bought slices of their choice for a £1 donation then awarded a mark out of ten for each. Every day a ‘Star Baker’ was named and the overall winner was the baker with the highest average score for the week.  This year’s event included a gluten free competition and a very popular savoury day in addition to the usual sweet bake days.

Mark Goodfellow said: “As always the standard was very high and with over 420 slices eaten lots of money was raised for our Mission Rabies project. The winner of this year’s Bake off was Dr Clive Elwood for a sublime Spicy Chicken and Duck Pie, narrowly beating the 2013 winner Frankie Blundell.”

Money raised from the event will be used to help DVS kennel assistants Nic Taylor and Olivia Ellis travel to Blantyre (Malawi) in May 2016, where they will assist with the rabies vaccination of street dogs, as part of the international Mission Rabies project. Blantyre has one of the highest reported incidences of paediatric rabies in the world. For more information about Mission Rabies visit If you would like to donate to Nic and Olivia’s travel fund visit

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