For more than 20 years, Tim’s career was repairing and restoring British cars. By the latter part of the 1980’s, the British car business was waning and a career change was in the offing. While traveling in Great Britain and being a fan of James Herriot’s books and television series about veterinary life in Yorkshire, Tim sought him out. Tim was so impressed by his meeting with “Herriot” (real name James Alfred Wight) and his own memories of growing up on a farm in Southern Illinois, decided veterinary work in large animals would be his next career.
Tim enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at Northern Virginia Community College. After receiving his AS in Veterinary Science, he obtained licenses in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and went to work with a dairy practice in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. He liked working with the dairy cattle and farmers, but really wanted to work with horses, an animal he had always admired. Tim secured a job as a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) with a mobile equine practice in Northern Virginia. He spent the next eight years working and learning all he could about horses. The gentleness and trusting nature of horses was what he most admired. Studying and practicing equine dentistry during this time was a dream that came true.
An opportunity to be part of the staff as an Animal Care Technician at Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MAREC) became available. Tim had the responsibility of caring for 100+ Thoroughbred horses, including foals, weanlings, yearlings, mares and stallions. After 12 years, Tim retired and is now part of Dominion Equine Welfare.