In 2014, Charlotte Woolley graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) Equine Science degree and was awarded a prestigious internship to visit the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center, part of the Virginia Tech State University, USA. This university specialises in breeding and producing top quality sports horses and 21-year-old Charlotte trained in veterinary techniques whilst assisting with research into nutrition, reproduction and parasitology. She also helped to prepare young stock for the show ring and ran educational outreach workshops with children.
Charlotte, who hails from Buxton in Derbyshire, explained: “The internship was a fantastic experience – truly life changing. I was able to build on both my academic and practical skills and broaden my horizons in terms of my knowledge of the equine industry.”
Aiming for a career as a veterinary research scientist, Charlotte went on to complete her Masters degree in Animal Biosciences at the University of Edinburgh and was then awarded a funded PhD with The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh to research canine epidemiology and genetics.
Charlotte added: “I really enjoyed studying for my degree at Reaseheath. There’s a great atmosphere and you get lots of individual support from your lecturers.”