Vetlife Alexandra vet Becci Bishop with trophies that she
has won this year. Photo supplied.
Becci Bishop is something of a globe-trotting vet.
Originally from the English town of Rugby, she completed her
veterinary degree at Bristol University in 2009.
She moved to New Zealand, where she has worked ever since,
and is now looking forward to a forthcoming trip to Kentucky
- the Mecca of horse-racing in the United States - after
acquiring a scholarship, along with Alexandra farrier Murray
Ms Bishop (28), who works for Vetlife in Alexandra, has a
special interest in equine veterinary medicine. She initially
worked as a mixed practitioner for Vetlife in Oamaru for 18
months, which included looking after the town's yellow-eyed
She then worked as a locum anaesthetist at Massey University
before completing a one-year equine rotational internship at
the university's equine teaching hospital.
During that time, she completed her first paper, which was
published earlier this year in the New Zealand Veterinary
The paper, about Ivomec drench resistance in foals in the
Manawatu, won the best practitioner publication award at the
New Zealand Veterinary Association's conference.
She also won a young practitioners presentation, an award
given by Massey University's equine branch, for a
presentation she had made on an ''interesting'' case from
She believed it was consistent with a Settle tumour (a
spindle epithelial tumour with thymus-like differentiation),
a very rare tumour of soft tissue in the neck that had been
diagnosed in humans - although in only about 42 cases
worldwide - but never in a horse.
Earlier this year, Ms Bishop and Mr Jones successfully
applied for a scholarship from the New Zealand Equine
Research Foundation to travel to Kentucky.
It would be an opportunity to increase their knowledge on
specialised shoeing and diseases such as laminitis, and learn
about the latest developments and treatments.
They would then return to Central Otago and help educate
other farriers and vets in the area, she said.
The pair, who were looking at going in March or April next
year, would spend at least three weeks in the US.
Ms Bishop, who estimated about 90% of her veterinary work was
equine, originally planned to stay in New Zealand for two
years before returning to the UK.
But now, she intended staying ''for good''.
The lifestyle of a vet in New Zealand was ''way different''
to what it was in the UK, she said.