I grew up in rural Suffolk in the East of England. Before starting vet school I took a gap year in Whistler, Canada working as a children’s ski instructor. In 2005 I started the combined veterinary sciences and veterinary medicine degree program at the Royal Veterinary College, London. During my pre-clinical years I undertook research projects looking at changes in the murine thymus with age. More recently I was a member of the RVC undergraduate research team investigating East Coast fever in cattle in Zanzibar. I am currently doing my clinical rotations which I thoroughly enjoy and I am about to enter the final year of the Veterinary Medicine program.
Aside from vet school I have a wide range of interests, especially in sports. I come from a rugby family but prefer horse riding, hockey and netball. I currently enjoy improving my tennis and have recently taken up surfing. When I have the chance I try to raise money for charities close to my heart such as the Wooden Spoon and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
After graduation I would like undertake a residency and PhD before eventually pursuing a career that combines research with clinical specialization and teaching. At this stage my interest lies in small animal medicine and in understanding the role that immunosenescence plays in increasing the susceptibility of elderly domestic animals to disease.