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I have been fortunate in my career to have had many excellent jobs internationally and to have worked with some world-renowned and inspiring veterinarians. After completing a racing-based internship in England, I went on to do a surgery internship in Australia and a Sydney University Post Graduate Foundation course in Equine Surgery. I then completed 13 back-to-back stud seasons between the Hunter Valley, Newmarket, Kentucky, Victoria and Ireland before settling permanently in the Hunter Valley.
These positions included racetrack and stud work with the Newmarket Equine Hospital; a wonderful two seasons as resident veterinarian for Swettenham Stud in the Hunter Valley; a medicine fellowship at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and ambulatory stud and sale work in Kentucky; a season with the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, based in Nagambie, Victoria, and time in Ireland working with both flat and National Hunt horses and I was priviledge to spend that season servicing Ballymacol Stud.
In 2008 I achieved the British Royal College of Veterinary Certificate in Equine Stud Medicine. Having being inspired by the extensive use and impressive results in Kentucky, my latest pursuit is acupuncture, and I am currently undertaking the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society course. Additional qualifications include the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination and the Kentucky State License examination.
Almost obsessively, I take every opportunity to improve my veterinary knowledge and develop a wide range of skills. With great passion for the veterinary profession, I attend all meeting and conferences that I am able to and continue to spend time with leading veterinarians around the world. I also pride myself on studying and researching important topics, and have presented and published work on infectious arthritis (‘joint ill’), angular limb deformities in foals, Rhodococcus infections (‘rattles’), MRI of the navicular region and 3D ultrasound of the ovary.
Other high points in my career have included voluntary work teaching and operating in Morocco and Egypt as a way of passing on knowledge, making a real difference to less privileged people and animals and gaining more experience in equine disease and surgery.
Bridget Roberts B.V.M.S.,