Nikita has always been an animal lover and grew up with horses, riding from a young age. She followed this passion when she went to Massey University in Palmerston North in 2003 and was fortunate enough to take her horse with her.
She began studying Animal Science and quickly realised that Equine Nutrition was an area that she had a huge passion for and followed this through her undergraduate and post-graduate study and research. Her research interests include the growing and breeding horse, gastrointestinal health, mineral nutrition and performance horse nutrition. In 2016, after working as a Nutritionist for various feed companies for some time, she decided to follow her dreams with Veterinarian Dr. Petra Hazlitt, and start New Zealand's first independent Equine integrated Veterinary and Nutrition Consultancy - Veterinary and Nutritional Integration LTD (VANI).
She loves being able to help horse owners all over New Zealand with their horses diets and provide advice backed up by Science, knowledge and experience. With a wealth of feeds and supplements on the market, Nikita loves being able to take the guesswork out of feeding for horse owners. No client is too big or too small, Nikita has clients that have one miniature horse right through to Stud farm owners with hundreds of horses.