Rocky Bay Equine Newsletter, September 2016
Change is in the air, can you feel it?
We can! and we're very excited to introduce you to our newest Rocky Bay Equine team member, Dr. Jennifer Allen.  She arrived earlier this week, as excited as we are and ready to rock & roll learning her way around the area and getting to know you and your animals.  Jen brings a love for big horses and farm animals along with a fresh outlook on veterinary medicine, including a perspective from "across the pond".   Please help us extend a hearty PNW welcome to Jen when you meet her.

Jennifer Allen, MRCVS

So what's an MRCVS you ask? 
The title is "Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons"... the RCVS being the regulatory body for veterinary medicine and surgery in the UK.  Equivalent to our DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), it means that the title holder is fully qualified to practice the art and science of veterinary medicine.

Jennifer is a 2016 graduate of the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  

In case you wondered, (knowing Dr. Bo's affinity for kilts and all) her hiring had nothing to do with bagpipes, she qualifies completely on her own merits!
Dr. Jen's Story (the abridged version)

"I am originally from Woodside, CA.  Having traveled to Scotland through my hobby of showing, training, driving, and riding Clydesdales, I decided to study abroad in Glasgow’s world renowned, hands on veterinary program and to experience life in a different part of the world.  I grew up working with gentle giants from a young age, shows and competitions taking me across the US, to Canada and to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.  Prior to veterinary school, I earned a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University in Animal Science with minors in Agribusiness and Equine Science, which broadened my interests to encompass farm animal medicine in conjunction with my passion for equine medicine. " 

Jen feels that the unique practical curriculum offered at Glasgow and her clinical experience practicums in the UK, Europe and the US have prepared her well for a career in ambulatory medicine.  With additional training in herd health and farm animal medicine, she is ready to add to RBE's expertise in small ruminant and camelid care.  It's not just education and training that makes for a great veterinarian though, it takes adaptability, understanding, determination and a strong work ethic.  We think Jen has all these qualities and more.  Mentoring is a two way street and we're looking forward to the great new things she'll be sharing with us as we (and you!) help guide her in the beginnings of a satisfying and successful veterinary career.

"I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you. Having grown up with horses from a young age I know how special these animals are and how they quickly become a member of the family and I look forward to having the opportunity to care for them. "   Dr. Jen
Rocky Bay Equine, Anatomy Clinic I       NOTE DATE & TIME
Anatomy and conditions of the forelimb

When:   October 15th, 9 AM to 12 PM
Where:  Rocky Bay Equine Hospital,  12604 189th Avenue KPN, Gig Harbor, WA
Cost:      FREE, but you must sign up to attend.  Light refreshments provided.
              S pace is limited,  call now to reserve your spot  (253) 858-4529  

Excellent horse care & management requires mastery of the basics of equine anatomy.  You have the potential to know your horse better than any one else and to be his/her best advocate.  Turn that potential into reality in this clinic by learning the anatomy and common conditions associated with the equine front limb, including conformation variations and common lameness issues. 

In this 3 hour, "hands on" clinic we'll cover the topographic anatomy of the front limb and and how to evaluate normal and abnormal variations on a live horse.  For this clinic we'll get right down to the nitty gritty dissecting cadaver specimens. Among other things, you'll learn how the appendicular skeleton supports the ligaments, tendons & muscles of the leg.  We'll also spend some time evaluating hoof structure and function.  Don't miss this great opportunity to really appreciate the magnificent design of the horse's primary weight bearing structures, the forelimbs.


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