Robert Embery BVSc MRCVS
I’m a local lad from the Hurst Green area of the Ribble Valley. I joined the Practice straight from the University of Bristol where I recently graduated. I feel that working at this Practice is a great opportunity to learn a wide range of skills and become an accomplished and caring vet.
My interest in all things equine developed at a young age when I used to help showing the Shire horses of the family dairy farm.
After a couple of years working on the farm I decided to ‘spread my wings’ and join the Royal Marines. My time in the armed forces allowed me to visit many different countries and to participate in training exercises in extreme climates and to serve my country in 2 operational tours of duty in Afghanistan and 1 in Iraq. In between the 2 tours of Afghanistan I found myself on a training course at the ‘Defence Animal Centre’ in Melton Mowbray where the Royal Veterinary Corps is based. I was there to learn how to successfully and humanely load mules up with stores and ammunition so that we (40 Commando Royal Marines) might be able to use them on our next mission which was in a very mountainous region of Afghanistan that was inaccessible by road. While at the Defence Animal Centre I spoke to several vets, vet nurses, training farriers and dog handlers serving in the Royal Veterinary Corps and it re-kindled my interest in animals. I thought that a veterinary career would be a good career for me to pursue after leaving the Royal Marines. I decided that, providing I survive front line service and I am still able bodied, I would hand my notice in after 6 years and leave after 7 years.
After leaving the Corps I found myself working as a ground worker and machine operator initially, but I became involved in equine stud work at a local stud in my spare time. It was this work, as well as the frequent interaction with the vet who visited the stud (David Aldington) that made me determined to become a vet. I began applying for a place at University and was very fortunate that Bristol University offered me a chance to fulfil my ambitions.
My aim here at Aldington Equine Vets is to apply the same level of dedication to the health and welfare of the horses under my care as I applied to the welfare of my men when I was serving in the Royal Marines. I hope that with the support of the more experienced vets at this practice I will be able to obtain the knowledge and skills required to be an accomplished vet, and that I will achieve this quickly.