Carly Hillier - Dip(Hons) Eq Sc (UL), Dip in Zoopharmacognosy (IAZ) Carly is a trained and qualified Applied Equine & Canine Zoopharmacognocist and is the Founder/Director of Whitethorn Equine Health Ltd She enjoyed studying Equine Science at University of Limerick and also studied and qualified at the Ingraham Academy of Applied Zoopharmacognosy (UK). Carly has worked with horses in varying capacities for the last 25 years having enjoyed breeding and training youngsters as well as teaching riding. Carly hacks out when she can and loves walking and drumming. Please go to the Media page to learn more about Carly's work or check out the Whitethorn blog here.
Annett Siggins - Veterinary Surgeon Annett qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon 15yrs ago in Leipzig, Germany, where upon after qualifying she came to Ireland to work. She is also an Equine & Canine Chiropractor (training with the IAVC, UK 2010) and is registered with the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Annett also trained with Holistic Animals (USA) to become a practitioner in Equine & Canine Kinesiology Taping. As a qualified Vet, Annett also uses plant extracts and Zoopharmacognosy alongside conventional medicines - being the first vet in Ireland to use this particular type of integrated approach. In her spare time Annett enjoys working her young sheep dog Asra alongside sharing her rural farming life with her husband and young children at their farm in Sligo.
Izzy Ashburner, Online Learning Coordinator Izzy is our techy wizard and is our 'go-to' expert for our E' Learning programmes. She keeps us all hooked up and operational during our Equine & Canine workshops ensuring a smooth online learning experience for all our students. With many years of experience in creating and producing online learning programmes she is a much welcome addition to the Whitethorn Team. Izzy is also the guardian of numerous horses, pigs, dogs, cats and goats on her small holding near Croagh Patrick in the West of Ireland.
Dr Silke Kleefeld, Research & Studies Coordinator Dr Silke Kleefeld obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences with the German Polar and Marine Research Institute in Bremen, Germany, in 1996 and came to Ireland in 1998 to work as a researcher at the National University in Ireland, Galway. She worked for over ten years as technical support within the area of Biomedical and Pharmacological Research and is now Senior Technical Officer within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at the University of Galway. As a horse lover, Silke was looking for alternative health methods to support her Connemara pony George and came across Applied Zoopharmacognosy. After completing the Foundation and Masterclass Levels with Whitethorn Equine Health she became very interested in researching more about the mechanisms of how herbs help the body to heal. Her current area of interest is exploring the scientific background of Zoopharmacognosy and more specifically, assessing the recovery rate of horses when given the opportunity to self-select herbal extracts post-race vs race horses not having access to herbal extracts post-race.