Natalie Sampson MRCVS.
When I was about 7 years old I remember lambing ewes on my grandfather’s farm in Devon and thinking that being a vet was like being a farmer but you didn’t have to take lambs to market, so that was it, I wanted to be a vet. Many years later I realised that dream, though thankfully I also realised there was far more to being a vet than lambing time.
I qualified from London in 2004, having done my dissertation in primate parasitology. I joined Oundle as a new graduate mixed animal vet for 2 years before disappearing off for a year to work as an emergency vet in Sydney, Australia and a few months in Borneo volunteering with Orangutans ( I never dreamt I would ever have to fight an Orangutan for my morning coffee!) On my return to the UK I rejoined Oundle as a general small animal practitioner and have also spent some of my holidays volunteering as a vet in Peru. I became a partner in the practice in February 2013.
I live in Stamford with my husband and our border terrier Hector. We are both keen sports people and are often seen jogging about town with Hector in tow or exploring the local countryside, followed by the obligatory glass of wine in the local pub.
What do I like about being a vet? I love getting to know my patients and their owners, I love watching patients grow and develop, I love the lateral thinking we have to apply to our jobs daily and I love the science behind veterinary medicine.