Hello everyone! My name is Abi Sefton, and I am excited to start at The Donkey Sanctuary as your new intern veterinary surgeon. Thank you everyone for the warm and friendly welcome that I have received so far, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better.
I was born in Northampton and moved to America as a young kid, and have completed most of my schooling there. I received my Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience with a focus in Biotechnology and Mathematics from the University of Rochester in upstate New York. I then received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts in Massechusetts. I am now delighted to be returning home.
During my veterinary degree, I concentrated on equine medicine. I worked as a technician at Tuft’s Large Animal Hospital for three years before entering my clinical year, serving mostly horses, with a good number of mules and donkeys as well as the occasional pig and alpaca. During my clinical year I continued to gain equine experience by increasing my knowledge of diagnostic imaging, anesthesia and ambulatory equine practice. I saw a wide range of practice at various clinics throughout America and England.
I am grateful that in my role at The Donkey Sanctuary I am able to give back to these wonderful creatures. During the upcoming year, I am particularly excited about learning more about welfare work both in the UK and abroad, as well as gaining more experience as a primary practitioner. If I have learned anything already, it’s that a donkey is not just a little horse, and I look forward to embracing those differences in the year ahead.