Sophie has a degree in animal science, has ridden horses since the age of four and has kept a variety of animals from dogs and cats to snakes and more throughout her life. She’s worked with livestock previously and has a keen interest in animal rescue; not only does she own two rescue dogs herself, but she volunteers her time to carry out home checks for rescued animals too.
“VTI is a great fit for me,” says Sophie. “Not only does my experience with a variety of different animals help enormously, but I’m fascinated by anatomy and physiology and the mechanisms of injury and illness. I’m excited to be able to combine this with cutting edge technology to allow owners to identify issues in their animals and allow them to seek effective treatment to help improve animal welfare.
“I’ve always wanted to work for myself and when I heard about VTI, I did more research. I saw that there was an opportunity to work with animals while utilising skills I have gained from my animal science degree and subsequent employment. It seemed like the perfect fit.”
Sophie joins a team of eight other thermographers covering the UK. VTI is the UK’s largest all species thermal imaging service and provides non-invasive scans at the owner’s premises using state of the art infra red cameras. These sensitive cameras detect heat patterns across the animal’s skin and are around 40 times more sensitive than the human hand. Studies have shown that thermal imaging can graphically show where an animal is in pain up to three weeks before the animal shows clinical symptoms, such as lameness.
“We’re really pleased to welcome Sophie to the team,” says Helen Morrell, Managing Director of VTI. “We feel that Sophie’s knowledge and enthusiasm are the perfect fit for VTI and complement what we offer across the rest of the country.”
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