Karen Pickering graduated from Bristol University in 2008 and spent time in Egypt working for an equine charity where she discovered a love of donkeys. After working in mixed practice for 18 months, she started at the Donkey Sanctuary in 2010. She has particular interests in dentistry and surgery and gained her Certificate in Equine Dentistry in 2017. She currently oversees the veterinary care of a farm of 450 donkeys. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, dancing and travelling, which often involves volunteering with equine charities.