Born and raised in South Florida I was fortunate enough to find my way to the barn at a very young age. My interest in horses and animal husbandry began in the humid and dusty stalls in Davie, FL. Through the friendships made, the responsibilities and lessons learned, my true personality blossomed and the passion that I will carry for the rest of my life was nurtured. I competed in schooling shows, the Appaloosa circuit and was fully emerged into the Hunter/Jumper world.
After acceptance to Colorado State University I found my car headed west and not looking back. The idea of the veterinarian career/lifestyle and agriculture science is what drove me to the Rocky Mountains with an open mind to all the opportunities that college would offer. I balanced a variety of internships in the agribusiness industry with a full course load while attending CSU. In 2008, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and in 2009 a Masters in Agriculture of Integrated Resource Management. After graduation, I was excited to join the workforce and explore career options. An opportunity emerged as a veterinary technician for large and small animals at a practice in the beautiful Colorado mountains. My commitment to animal health and science continued to thrive there for many years. My journey evolved into the next chapter in my life with a role in corporate America. While still involved within the agribusiness industry, the practical "hands-on" element diminished in my new position.
After five years in the corporate world, the desire for a more intimate, tangible relationship with horses became a top priority and focus for me. I resigned and through much consideration I enrolled and completed all three levels offered at Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (Therapeutic, Sport Horse and Advanced/Senior Equine Massage Therapy). I was eager for a career that could incorporate science, animal health and my passion of helping others in a one-on-one environment. I was blessed to find this career as an Equine Practitioner.
A couple years later, I felt the need for growth and additional learning. I enrolled into Midwest Natural Healing of Animals where I expanded my knowledge and hands-on skillset. I completed Level 1 and Level 2 of Amassage Method, Myofascial Release Therapy, Craniosacral, Red Light & Acupressure as well as Advanced Anatomy. I'm currently working on Canine Massage Therapy, Saddle Fit and Kinesiology Taping classes/certifications.
Now, happily married and living in Elizabeth, CO with our Golden Retriever and two wonderful mares, I am fortunate to be in the barn everyday. If you are looking for a loyal, open minded, hard working, honest and compassionate Equine Practitioner as part of your equine's health team, I'd love an opportunity to meet with you. - Shannon Watkins.