A MORPETH equine clinic now has a new specialist on its team.
Sarah Holmes, who lives near Alnwick, has spent 19 years as a small animal vet nurse, but now she has qualified as a Senior Equine Nurse.
And she has already put her training into use to assist with a number of procedures at Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group’s Fairmoor Equine Clinic.
She has helped with arthroscopy of joints, abdominal castration, laryngeal surgery and the retrieval and implantation of stem cells into damaged tendons, as well as dealing with day to day duties such as intravenous catheters, x-rays, prepping for surgery and assisting vets with anaesthesia and complicated operations.
She said: “I am really pleased to have qualified. It was hard work with a huge amount of study, but definitely worth the effort.
“Dealing with horses is very different to dealing with small animals and I am excited to be part of one of the most progressive teams of equine staff in the North of England.”
Ms Holmes completed the two-year block release course through Myerscough College in Preston after the practice encouraged her to go for the qualification when it became an approved Equine Veterinary Nursing Training Practice.
Director and clinical coach Rosie Mould said: “We are all delighted that Sarah has successfully qualified and this is a fantastic milestone in the development of Alnorthumbria Vets Equine Division that we are very proud of.
“Her new qualification is a huge achievement and demonstrates her hard work and commitment to providing the very best equine veterinary care.”
The Fairmoor clinic opened in December with five specialist equine vets. It is open six days a week and has a 24-hour emergency service.