Leanne Hughes BVSc MRCVS
I graduated as a Vet from the University of Bristol in 2016 and actually wanted to be a zoo vet initially! My passion for all the weird and wonderful animals led me to placements in Africa and Australia as a student. My first time taking a blood sample was actually from a Tapir!
After graduating, I moved from my hometown in Kent to Preston with my husband and our two skinny pigs, Truffle and Oreo. I worked in small animal practice to start with and realised I loved getting to know clients and their families. I could also cuddle a lot of my small animal patients (compared to the rhinos and gorillas I had the pleasure of working with as a student!).
Fast forward to now and I have been a Small Animal Vet at Rowan Veterinary Centre since 2017. I do still love seeing ‘exotics’ from time-to-time and enjoy fussing all the rabbits and guinea pigs that I see in practice. Next year, I am taking on the challenge of a certificate in Ophthalmology (all things eyes!) – I’m really excited to bring new knowledge to the team and hopefully offer more advice and also procedures for our patients.
In my spare time I love to travel, and as my colleagues will know, I’m always planning a trip somewhere exotic far away. My favourite trip so far has been to Costa Rica in Central America – one of my favourite animals is a sloth so I was in ‘sloth heaven’ on this trip! I also love to go walking/hiking – especially in the Lakes. My husband climbs/boulders so sometimes you can find me attempting to climb with him too – emphasis on attempt!