Bethan CookVeterinary

Bethan was born in the Rhondda Valley in 1978 and by the age of 3 was obsessed by all things equestrian. Her father was a wise man who would not buy her a pony so at 12 she began working at a local riding school in return for lessons. At 14 she began riding out for a local point-to-point trainer and that was the beginning of her life in racing. After a year out working at the yard she studied Veterinary Medicine at St Catharine’s College (Catz) Cambridge for 6 years, with an intercalated year at the Thoroughbred Breeding Association in Newmarket. A brief 8 months in mixed practice followed, then she obtained a position in an equine department in a veterinary practice in Wiltshire. Within 8 years she got her dream job working as a Veterinary Officer at the BHA, and also started her own equine only practice back home in the Valleys. She would tell you the racing industry is one huge family who all have each other’s backs. No other job has had the same sort of camaraderie. All that’s needed now is a continuation in the growth of girl power in the sport. Being female is certainly no disadvantage and in many circumstances is actually beneficial.