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 am also a committee member of the British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) where I lead the education section, assisting UK veterinary schools and the poultry industry with poultry education.
I am still currently work part time after returning to work from maternity leave and juggle my roles above with consulting for St Davids Poultry Ltd, owners of The Chicken Vet.
Needless to say one of my son's first words was unsurprisingly "chic-shen"!