BSc (Hons) Equine Science
Graduated: 2013
Research Assistant – Thoroughbred Health Network (University of Glasgow)

In 2010, Laura Friend made the life-changing decision to resign from her career of 10 years and to enrol as a mature entry student on our BSc (Hons) in Equine Science.
As an undergraduate, Laura was committed to gaining experience and to forging links within the industry. She worked on a part-time basis for Bolesworth Castle Estate and at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre, whilst her work as a volunteer included the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre in Lancashire.

“My career will always be driven by a desire to understand and advance the health of equines in both sport and recreation. Consequently, I am also motivated by the challenges that threaten the long-term sustainability of the equestrian industry.”

Upon graduating and with a burgeoning interest in the horseracing industry, Laura was fortunate enough to secure a place on the British Horseracing Authority’s Graduate Programme. This exciting opportunity began with a two-week residential course in Newmarket followed by work placements at York Racecourse and the Horserace Betting Levy Board in London.

Laura has gone on from this to undertake an MBA in ‘Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries’ at Liverpool University where she is in her final year of part-time study.

Currently employed by the University of Glasgow, Laura is developing a new horse health initiative named the Thoroughbred Health Network (THN).