Cath Featherstone BVSc MRCVS
I grew up in the Northeast 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 provided 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 now have the pleasure of working at Blaircourt. I have a particular interest in behaviour and working with needle-shy and nervous horses. I am currently studying for a masters in equine science, with a focus on equine behaviour and learning. Please don’t hesitate to ask me about it when I’m out and about.
In my spare time I enjoy riding, yoga, running, and walking my dog, Nelson.