The Big Walk raises awareness of canine osteoarthritis

September 2022

Image for press release - A small group of Writtle students petting a retired police dog named Baloo
(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

On Wednesday 14th September, students at Writtle University College took part in the 'Big Walk'. The hour-long event was held in support of Canine Arthritis Management (CAM).

CAM is a veterinary driven online resource aimed at caregivers of dogs with arthritis, as well as professionals working in the field of canine welfare and pain management. A huge thank you to CAM for supplying some prizes that were raffled off to those students who attended.

The Big Walk aimed to raise awareness of canine osteoarthritis and gave students an opportunity to explore the University College's countryside campus, in the company of some amazing dogs.

The walk was arranged by lecturer Lauren Hunt, and supported by Amanda Perriman, the leader of Tailrunners, the University College's on-site canicross club.

Walkers also had the opportunity to meet The Team Baloo Fund who consists of retired police dog Baloo with her ex-Metropolitan Police handler Mandy Chapman. Essex Therapy Dogs also stopped by to show their support.

Lauren Hunt said: "Thank you to the people, and dogs, who joined us today. We were delighted to see students learning about this highly important issue that will be a huge part of their future careers. I hope that by raising awareness of canine arthritis we can give dogs longer, healthier and more comfortable lives."