My placement was the highlight of my degree. I was able to practise everything I had learnt and build on my existing knowledge. From assisting in orthopaedic surgery to nursing critically ill horses, this opportunity inspired me to secure a position in the vet industry.
More about Katie
Katie Lightfoot talks about her time studying BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science at NTU.
Why I chose NTU
"At the age of 25, I decided to study at Nottingham Trent University after meeting Dr Sarah Upton at a local equestrian event, where her enthusiasm and knowledge of horses inspired my determination to work in the equine industry. Having a particular interest in the veterinary care of horses, I felt the Equine Sports Science degree would be most suited to the type of career I was interested in pursuing. From nutrition and gastro-intestinal anatomy to the impact of surfaces on the equine limb, my degree challenged my current thinking and introduced me to the most up to date equestrian research."
Katie's current job role
"Since graduating in 2017, I have been studying a PhD in Veterinary Medicine and Science (specialist topic of colic) at the University of Nottingham. I work with several equestrian charities, such as World Horse Welfare and The British Horse Society, to enhance equine welfare through owner education. I've travelled the country to present my research to industry experts and members of the royal family, such as at this year’s World Horse Welfare conference in London where HRH The Princess Royal attended my presentation on working equine welfare and human behaviour change."
How my degree helped me get where I am today
"Completing my degree at NTU was the best decision I ever made as it opened my eyes to an equestrian industry which I never knew existed. I am actively helping to improve equine welfare and support horse owners globally, thanks to the specialist skills and knowledge NTU provided me with."