Learn About Henrietta
My parents must have foreseen my career would be with hens when they named me Henrietta. I've wanted to work with chickens since I bought my first Belgium Bantam trio at an agricultural show with my dad on holiday. These astounded hens spent the next few days living in a tent in Wales, sheltering from heavy rain, before moving to London!
I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from The Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and went straight into mixed practice in Surrey where I saw lots of pet chickens. Wanting to spend more time with these unique feathery creatures, I was lucky enough to join one of the largest poultry veterinary practices in the UK. After frequent desperate phonecalls from vet-friends who wanted chicken advice, I realised there was a great need for today's vets to understand and treat chickens. I therefore moved back to Surrey to teach veterinary students all about poultry care, medicine and surgery at the University of Surrey.
Along with being a registered MRCVS, I also have a postgraduate diploma in veterinary public health and epidemiology and certificate in learning and teaching.
I currently work part time after returning to work from maternity leave. Needless to say one of my son's first words was "chic-shen"