In June 2008 I graduated from The Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours in BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science. With a keen interest in veterinary sciences I took a placement year at the Royal Dick Veterinary College in Edinburgh and worked closely with Professor Paddy Dixon and Safia Barakzai, both highly recognized equine dentists and surgeons. My role was an equine soft tissue surgery technician and theatre nurse.
During my time there I completed a research project investigating the depth of secondary dentine above the nerve pulps in equine cheek teeth of differing ages. This research was of great importance in the equine dentistry field In order to give an idea of how much tooth could be reduced when rasping horses teeth and reducing large overgrowths. The results of which were presented at the BEVA congress in Edinburgh 2008 and published in the Equine Veterinary Journal in 2009. I also received Runner Up in the Eqvalan Equine Thesis of the Year Award in 2008. This was the start of my keen interest in equine dentistry and led to me attending the Academy of Equine Dentistry, Idaho in February 2010.
I spent the next two years training both in the UK at the UK Trident Equine Dentistry School, at the Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho, and in California and Holland with Advanced Certified Equine Dentists.
I returned to the Academy of Equine Dentistry and completed a tough exam to become a certified equine dentist in 2011, and have since returned for continued education and to teach as a stall leader. I also continue to be a stall leader at the UK Trident Equine Dentistry School which is run three times a year. I also gained certification through the International Association of Equine Dentists (IAED) which is a renowned world recognised certification.
I have also passed the rigorous exam set by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the British Veterinary Dental Associaton (BVDA) to become fully qualified in the UK and am a full member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT). I continue to attend workshops and courses to continue my education.
I have been riding for 15 years having owned my own horses and competed in all disciplines throughout pony club and Intermediate level in British Eventing. I have a broad knowledge working with horses having grown up around them and have a great respect for them. Having a knowledge of riding competitively means I know the importance of having horses teeth done regularly in order to allow for an even contact and flexibility on both reins and to maximize performance.