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Ann-Marie graduated with a Diploma in veterinary nursing from University College, Dublin, Ireland in 2009. After graduating she continued to work in the mixed practice that she trained in for a further two years. In 2011, she decided to spread her wings and travel overseas. During her year of travel, she spent some time working as an equine nurse in Australia both at Murdoch University and at a private practice south of Perth. After getting a taste of Australia and equine nursing Ann-Marie returned to the land down-under and the same private practice south of Perth in 2012. She re-joined the team at Murdoch as Head equine nurse in 2015. Ann-Marie particularly enjoys equine medicine and nursing during emergency situations. As well as having a keen passion for veterinary nurse education and completed her RCVS examiner training programme in 2009. She is currently undertaking a one year Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education.
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Cristy is an Associate Professor of Equine Medicine at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Having graduated from Murdoch University and after spending time in private equine practice in Victoria, Australia Cristy commenced a residency in predominantly equine surgery at Massey University in New Zealand and completed a masters degree investigating third carpal bone disease in horses. She returned to Murdoch University where she decided that equine medicine was more to her liking and undertook a second residency in equine medicine. Cristy is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in both equine medicine and surgery, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a registered specialist in equine medicine. Cristy’s research interests are centred around non-infectious equine respiratory disease, equine endocrine disease and clinical veterinary education. Cristy enjoys contributing to the profession through provision of continuing education, presentation and publication of research and contribution to professional associations. She is the immediate past president of Equine Veterinarians Australia.
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DeeAnn grew up in rural western Wyoming and knew from a very young age that working with animals was to be her life calling. She attended Idaho State University where she earned a Bachelors degree in biology. She moved to Denver and attended Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology and in 2000 became a Credential Veterinary Technician (CVT). After completing an internship at an equine practice she joined the staff of Littleton Large Animal Clinic (now Littleton Equine Medical Center) as the lead ICU technician from 2000 until 2005. During that time, in 2002, DeeAnn was part of a small group of technicians who created an equine specific veterinary technician society, which eventually became the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians (AAEVT). AAEVT has over 1000 members worldwide and in 2008 created the veterinary technician specialty (VTS) group in equine veterinary nursing (EVN). In 2005, she took a position in the Internal Medicine Department at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital to focus on a neonatal caseload. In 2007, she joined Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in their anesthesia department. Missing the Colorado sunshine she took an offer to come back to Littleton Equine Medical Center as the lead technician. In 2013 she decided to follow her dream of working with exotic hoofstock and is currently the hospital manager at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO.