Alpharma technical services veterinarian Lance Fox is currently attempting to scale Mount Everest with his team, but not without caring for some bovine along the way, namely the long-haired yak that are hauling his gear.

Since arriving at Base Camp April 10, Fox, from Appleton, Wis., has been climbing up and down Mount Everest’s flanks to get acclimated to the thinner air. He and teammates are preparing for a final ascent to Mount Everest’s peak at an altitude of 8,850 meters in late May. During his adventure, Fox will provide veterinary services by deworming the yaks used to carry gear and supplies during the long treks to the base camp. Deworming the yaks is being made possible by the donation of Safe-Guard® from Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. Fox dewormed the yaks used on the expedition as well as teaching the Sherpa how to deworm the animals. He left enough dewormer for the Sherpa to deworm his family’s herd of about 200 yaks.

UPDATE - Cheeseheads rule!
On May 21st, 2009, Fox reached his goal of ascending to the summit of Mount Everest. Described in his blog as a thrilling experience, Fox did several things, including scattering the ashes of his late father, and celebrating as only a true Wisconsin veterinarian can, by having his photo taken with his cheese-wedge hat on.

Fox wrote: "Not sure if I should call The Guiness Book of World Records (haha) but I'd like to think this photo might represent the world's highest cheese wedge!? Okay, I couldn't help but cram one of Wisconsin's pride and joy into my pack. The look on the sherpas' faces who were on the summit with me when I pulled it out of the stuff sack was priceless."

Read Fox’s blog and also see photos and video of his yak-deworming experience.

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