After a very strange and uncertain 7.5 months of working through the global pandemic I took a few weeks R&R before I welcomed my new little girl into the world.. Matilda! We are completely smitten and she is melting our hearts every day. Angus is enjoying lots of cuddles too! I‘m looking forward to 2021 embracing the challenge of new motherhood and returning to work- I just need to catch up on some sleep first!
Every three years BAEDT members need to attend at least one practical CPD day to have their work assessed. These days run throughout the year in various locations and are open to all members. I find these days very beneficial so aim to attend at least one a year. This course was held in Cumbria at a riding school. There was about twenty horses to see and ten members so we paired up in stables and each member treated two horses and we were able to compare and discuss each other’s work in a relaxed manner. Working day to day can be quite isolating so spending time with others is important to know we are all working to the same standard and we can share opinions and ideas. A huge thank you to the owners of Denton Farm house riding school for hosting a great day and the most fantastic Buffett lunch!
This is the third time I’ve been to the annual BEVA Congress for the specific equine dentistry day. It’s a full day of lectures from world class equine dental specialists presenting their latest research and also a lively exhibition village with equipment stands from industry leaders. It was great to catch up with some old faces and get up to date with the latest developments in the field. I also couldn’t resist in investing in some new shiny toys!
In December 2018 myself, Sophie Ely BAEDT, Kim Kilner BAEDT & Bee May BAEDT flew out to The Gambia for a week to stay at GHDT at their centre at Makasutu. The aim of the GHDT is to reduce rural poverty through improving health, welfare and productivity of all animals but working animals in particular. We treated the resident donkeys and horses at Makasutu and also visited a school and villages to offer our services. The highlight of the week was the GHDT annual show. Local farmers and horse and donkey owners are encouraged to take their animal to the show where they receive free health checks, foot trims, dentals and new tack, all provided by volunteers including vets and a farrier. There were also showing classes too with the chance to win rosettes! Between the four of us we treated about 60 donkeys at the show, we were completely exhausted! The trip was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had and fantastic to be working alongside the girls as part of a team.