In 2007, Dr Kirsten Jackson completed her veterinary studies at Murdoch University, Western Australia, passing her degree with honours. Immediately after, she worked as an equine veterinarian for just over two years. During this time, she treated a wide variety of cases, allowing her to gain a broad knowledge of equine veterinary medicine and surgery.
Dr Kirsten Jackson gained knowledge in dentistry as she conducted most of those procedures at the practice. She realised dentistry was a huge area of often undiagnosed pain in horses, which led her to complete numerous courses in equine dentistry and develop a keen interest in the subject.
In 2010, Dr Kirsten Jackson started ‘Dental Vet’ as she could see there was a genuine need in Western Australia for quality dental care. Horses experienced real pain, which often came from undiagnosed conditions that could not be detected from a ‘quick feel’ of the teeth and ‘rasping some sharp points’.
In June 2012, she became one of only a few veterinarians across Australia and New Zealand to achieve Australia’s highest qualification in equine dentistry. After extensive examination, she became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Dentistry.