Dr Mike Thorne MRCVS: Veterinarian, Trustee VAWZ UK
“I derive great satisfaction in using my veterinary experience in helping the rural animals and smallholders of Zimbabwe. I graduated from UZ and feel it is now time in my career to give back to the less fortunate.”
Dr Thorne was born in Australia but grew up in Zimbabwe. In 2005 he established - and still runs - a large veterinary practice in the UK, specialising in dairy cattle, and holds the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production.
Mike also holds a helicopter pilot’s licence (and has his own helicopter) which is very useful for making client visits and emergency call-outs.
He is now splitting his time between the UK and Zimbabwe where he has a home in Victoria Falls. He works as a volunteer vet with the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust assisting with their work on elephant, rhino, lion and de-snaring buffalo, giraffe and warthogs. He also assists VAWZ with domestic animals, livestock and wildlife.