The Horse Nutritionist
I have always been passionate about horses, since I was a little girl; and like most little girls, I dreamed of nothing more than looking after them and being around them. After University I pursued a career in Consultancy and Sales in the City of London with a number of large Corporate companies, but I still held on to my dream!
About 8 years ago, I took the plunge and moved away from 'Corporate life’; I went back to studying and successfully achieved my qualifications for setting myself up as an Independent Equine Nutritionist. I am honoured to work with lots of amazing clients and of course, their horses; I write for magazines; I have also written a number of articles for corporate organisations and I regularly deliver lectures and seminars.
I absolutely adore my job. I have created my business and my brand from my overriding passion – What’s not to love!
About the business
The heart of your horse's wellbeing is good nutrition. Fiona Watkins, BSc (Hons), Pro Dip, is a fully qualified, professional UK-based Independent Equine Nutritionist. She has always been a keen horse lover and started riding at an early age. Her interest in horses and ponies has never dwindled, despite a career lasting fifteen years in Corporate business. Six years ago, she set about putting her passion in to practice – with the goal of improving the welfare of equines through nutrition. She is currently the first person to have been awarded with a Professional Diploma from The Open College of Equine Studies (TOCES) in Equine Nutrition. This course took Fiona two years to complete and unlike other qualifications available in Equine Science, solely concentrates on the physiology of the equine digestive system and associated nutrition for various disciplines. She therefore delivers to her clients, a concise working and practical knowledge of all aspects of equine nutrition together with real-life experience from a client base of over five hundred equines. Fiona is also a member of The Nutrition Society, an independent association that brings together individuals in the nutrition profession and seeks to provide ongoing improvements in performance.