Department: Clinical Science and Services
Since Spring 2018 Amy has been working in the Clinical Skills Centre at the RVC. She has brought her equine knowledge and experience to the department and been successful in increasing the provision of equine clinical skills. Additionally, she is deputy course director for the Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research, a course that has been developed to engage farriers with research and to address the current dearth of farriery related research.
During my undergraduate studies, I developed particular interests in equine locomotion and diagnostic imaging, veterinary education and scientific outreach. These interests have guided my career so far. Following graduation from the RVC BVetMed course in 2013 I went and volunteered with an equine charity based in Morocco before completing the Animal Health Trust Equine Internship. In 2015 I returned to the RVC to undertake a PhD in equine biomechanics investigating shock absorption and load distribution in horses exercising on hard surfaces. Her PhD studies largely focused on farriery interventions and she has had the privilege to speak about my work at a number of international conferences in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Outside of work, Amy is a regional veterinary advisor for the Greater London Riding for the Disabled (RDA) groups and contributes to the training of regional equine advisors and support at both regional and national RDA competitions. Amy is also an active member of the newly formed Herts Young Vet network.
Amy’s research interests include the use of simulation in teaching, interprofessional education, the vet/farrier relationship, foot-surface interaction in horses, particularly the interplay of horse type, surface properties and farriery intervention. She regularly presents her work at conferences including VetEd, BEVA and relevant biological conferences including the annual Society of Experimental Biology Conference.
My publications can be viewed here.
Amy delivers practical skills sessions within the clinical skills centre, primarily to BVetMed students but also to student vet nurses. Her other teaching focus is on the Grad Dip ELR course which incorporates both face to face workshops and online teaching.
Amy's background is in equine practice and she still picks up locum shifts to ensure she keeps her clinical skills up to date.
Amy has been involved with outreach events during science week for many years. Most recently she and a team of vets and vet nurses took a mobile clinical skills lab to a local secondary school for the afternoon.