Helen graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and her first employment was in a Sydney small animal practice, where she had previously worked as a student for 2 years.
Over the past 28 years, Helen has worked in Equine practice (Newmarket), Mixed Practice (Jersey) and Small Animal Practices (London, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds). Her early years in Jersey were particularly interesting, as referral facilities were not readily available and the rate of learning was exponential. She was also well rewarded with ‘Jersey Royals’ whenever she attended a calving.
Helen is currently working for Village Vet and Vet24 in Cambridge, and occasionally London. She is studying for the BSAVA PGCert SAECC. Helen loves the emergency and critical care work, finds that it is equally challenging and rewarding.
Helen has four children. Her eldest daughter has just finished her law degree (Bristol) and her youngest children (triplets) are sitting their A levels and two are heading off to University later this year, whilst the third is taking a year out to concentrate on Eventing (BE).
Helen spends her time between Cambridge and Scotland, where she has a fiancée and a few horses, including a thoroughbred mare whom she bred and who is now being bred from. Helen also has an elderly Labrador, Toby, a younger Labrador, Lara, and a young and very strange white Persian, Casper, who was gifted to her by his breeder as ‘he only has a few wires working’.
Helen’s hobbies include art (A level Art for fun), singing (sing in classical choir) and ride/breed horses. Helen also likes to cycle in an attempt to keep fit.