I grew up in a very busy house, as one of six children, in a small town called Loughborough, UK. I lived there and attended local schools until the age of 18, when I successfully applied to study Veterinary Medicine- something that I had dreamed of for as long as I can remember.
In 2009, I started at Vet School at the University of Bristol a bright-eyed and eager student with an ambition to enter into general mixed practice. However early on in my progression through the veterinary degree, I developed strong research interests, which have lead me to undertake various research projects within the School. I have, so far, been involved in conducting research in to canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and also investigating the role of bacteria in canine wound infections, with a particular interest in host-microbial interactions and determinants of host susceptibility to disease. I have really enjoyed conducting research with a direct clinical relevance, and I look forward to continuing my research experience during my time at Cornell.
In the 2012 academic session, I took the opportunity to take a year out from the veterinary degree in order to pursue my research interests in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and I subsequently graduated from this intercalated degree with first class honors. Now I have returned to Vet School where I am nearing the end of my fourth year, and am set to graduate in summer 2015.
Outside of the academic environment I am a keen sportsperson- something that growing up with five brothers has definitely encouraged. Alongside playing basketball and badminton, I particularly enjoy athletics and spend a lot of my spare time out running. Otherwise, I enjoy walking, exploring and spending time with friends and family.
After graduating from the BVSc, I intend to gain some clinical experience, and then continue in my clinical research training in the form of a PhD and a residency. Ultimately I aim to follow a career actively combining both my clinical and academic research interests, and contribute to continuing advancements of the veterinary field from the forefront of the profession