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Equine vet Alex Tooley joins Seadown Veterinary Group





A YOUNG horse rider from Copythorne has realised his dream of becoming an equine vet.

As Seadown Veterinary Services celebrates its 100th anniversary, they have also welcomed recent graduate Alex Tooley (24) to the firm.

Alex Tooley and an equine patient
Alex Tooley and an equine patient

Discussing his motivation to become a vet, Alex said: “My family started using Seadown in January 2006, shortly after our horse Willard had an accident in the forest and became trapped in a ditch.

“My first memories of Seadown are of (clinical director) Gillies Moffat attending regularly to treat a wound Willard had sustained to his leg.

“Over the years, I can recall visits from many of the Seadown team.

Alex Tooley assessing a horse's fitness
Alex Tooley assessing a horse's fitness

“These were mostly for routine visits, but also the occasional colic or lameness.

“I would often be out helping, even before I had decided I wanted to be a vet. As a child, seeing how they were able to fix the horses seemed like magic and I wanted to be able to do that too.”

A young Alex Tooley with a horse
A young Alex Tooley with a horse

He continued: “My first practical, work experience of Seadown was at the end of secondary school when I spent a week with the small animal team.

“I did everything from watching consults to helping in the kennels and even watching surgeries.

“I really enjoyed it and it showed me the behind-the-scenes side of veterinary work that I had not been exposed to before. My placement allowed me to get to know the team better and I got on well with everyone.

Alex Tooley with a horse in his care
Alex Tooley with a horse in his care

“Towards the end of my final year at university, (clinical director and equine vet) Laura Trigg mentioned to my mum that they might be looking to take on a new graduate, whilst visiting one of our horses. I sent over my CV and the rest is history.

“The New Forest is my home and has been a huge part of my life so, naturally, my long term family connection with Seadown, their extensive history with the area and their wonderful, talented people, made it a particularly attractive place to work.”

Summarising Seadown’s ethos, Laura Trigg said: “We have a passion for animals, we always treat patients as if they are our own, and we cherish our veterinary staff and our role and standing in the local community.”



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