Cath Featherstone BVSc MRCVS
I grew up in the North East of England and started riding when I was 6. I was lucky enough to have a loan pony throughout my teens who taught me how to hold on tight! My passion for horses never wavered and following graduation from vet school I knew I wanted to work with horses. I started off in Morocco where I volunteered for an equine charity (SPANA) for four months. SPANA provide a fabulous service treating working horses, donkeys and mules. I then worked in large animal practice in Northumberland for one year dealing with horses, cows and sheep. Keen to pursue equine practice I travelled to the US where I completed a six month fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Kentucky, specializing in neonatal foal medicine and intensive care. On my return to the UK I worked in Gloucestershire, where I undertook an eighteen month internship at Three Counties Equine Hospital. Here I was involved in all aspects of equine hospital work, dealing with all kinds of competition and pleasure horses. I decided a move to Essex was what I needed next and was lucky to be offered a job with Blaircourt! I am really looking forward to all aspects of the work we do here. I am particularly keen to do some behaviour work with needle shy horses. Please don’t hesitate to ask me about it when I’m out and about! In my spare time I enjoy riding, yoga, running (when the weather is nice!) and walking my dog Nelson.