I was born and raised in the British Virgin Islands, and in 2019 I moved to England to begin my vet school journey at the University of Surrey.
For the past couple of years I have been extremely passionate about the sport of Triathlon. If not doing something related to my studies as a vet student, you'll most likely find me running around campus, cycling about in the Surrey Hills, or getting in the odd swim here and there. I believe that getting in some form of exercise can be so beneficial to our physical and mental health, especially within a career as demanding as veterinary medicine.
Project Richmond 100 was a challenge I had set myself to be able to raise funds for Vetlife charity in a time where their work was so important. I cycled 100 miles in laps around Richmond Park, London on December 13, 2020 - smashing my initial fundraising goal and raising nearly £300, while spreading awareness for the amazing charity in the process. The idea came about when I had learned about the suicide of Dr. Rachel Hillier, a vet/cyclist whom I had looked up to for quite some time. She often shared the highs and lows of her mental health and living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). I decided on the night I heard the news that I had to do something about it. She was an avid promoter of mental health and I couldn't let her efforts go to waste. Despite wind and rain conditions making the ride quite challenging, I managed to finish and there is no doubt that I would love to do similar charity work again in the future.
"You'll be so surprised at how much you can achieve once you have the right mindset. Keep going and you'll be exceeding your expectations in no time!"
To anyone considering starting exercise, go for it. Set yourself goals that you know that you can achieve to begin with, and then gradually move up from there. You'll be so surprised at how much you can achieve once you have the right mindset. Keep going and you'll be exceeding your expectations in no time!
All images copyright to Brandon Kartick.
Have you taken on a sporting challenge? Do you also feel exercise helps to support your mental wellbeing? We'd love to hear your "active vet story".