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Catherine Chicken
Cameron Collins
Cameron Collins
CATHERINE CHICKEN AND HER HUSBAND CAMERON COLLINS WERE BOTH DRAWN TO SCONE AS FRESH, RELATIVELY YOUNG EQUINE VETS BACK IN THE MID 1990’S, ATTRACTED TO THE AREA BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND FOR HIGH CALIBRE VETS IN THE HORSE CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA.

They both worked the southern hemisphere equine season based in Scone, and the northern hemisphere season in Newmarket, UK. This is a common pattern for equine vets with a number of seasonal vets tracking the same flight path each year.

After working a number of back to back breeding seasons between hemispheres, Catherine decided to put the travelling to an end and settled in Scone. Cameron returned to Newmarket for his last northern hemisphere season during which time he and Catherine corresponded regularly. Upon his return they got engaged and the rest is history.

Influential in the national equine and thoroughbred industry, Cameron heads up the Scone Equine Hospital as Managing Director and is also the President of the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

The Scone Equine Hospital has an ongoing relationship with more than half a dozen veterinary schools throughout the world; offering work experience placements to veterinary students. In addition to Australians, they draw specialist equine employees mainly through the UK, Europe and the USA.

This is one of the things Catherine loves most about Scone.  “The diversity of people and eclectic group of friends we’ve made from all over the world.”

Above all, Catherine sums up the best thing about this place. The people. The friends we made were like family as none of us had our immediate families here in Scone.  When they were young, the kids would ride bikes between their houses, go for horse rides together, water ski on Glenbawn Dam, and at Christmas one of the neighbours would dress up as Santa on a tractor. There was always someone looking out for our kids as we would theirs and with that there was a wonderful feeling of security.

Having previously run the intensive care unit of the Scone Equine Hospital for seven years, Catherine completed a PhD, and is now a veterinary consultant to the laboratory for the Scone Equine Hospital, based at the amazing the Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre, located in the Scone Equine Precinct near the Scone Racecourse.

Catherine keeps her work life balance, climbing Scone Mountain or walking in other beautiful areas and chatting to her friends as they descend, admiring the morning sunlight and views, before work in the mornings.

Catherine furthers her interest and passion, involving herself in a number of community based and professional committees. She is a member of the Sustainability Subcommittee for Upper Hunter Shire Council, the Upper Hunter Air Quality Advisory Committee and is a member of the Thoroughbred Advisory Panel for Agrifutures Australia.

“Our friends from the city come to stay and cannot believe the lifestyle we live and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.”

CATHERINE CHICKEN
LIVE WORK INVEST SCONE SINCE 1995