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Tshidi Gardiner



Tshidi Qualified from Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria in 2003. After a time in an equine charity, then mixed practice in Devon, she locumed for a few years. In 2014 she became a partner in a small animal practice. She has completed her post graduate certificate in small animal surgery and enjoys training students, supporting new graduates and veterinary nurses.

In 2016, she became a Clinical Coach for nurse training and later worked as an practical OSCE examiner for Duchy and Bicton College. Tshidi is passionate about new learning and is a strong advocate for encouraging nurses and new graduates to confidently access their full potential.   

She is the Founder Gardiner Coaching Academy, where she provides mindset mentorship, wellness coaching and burnout prevention strategies.

Tshidi is married to Glen and they have 2 active boys, Spencer & Tristan. A favourite family pastime is taking the boys and the family dog for long walks along the Devon shoreline. She is a keen biohacker, nutrition and wellness fanatic. In her spare time, she delves into personal development and she creates wellness content that she shares online. 

Council Member category

  • Elected member: 2021-2025

Committee membership

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Standards Committee
  • Global (Deputy Lead) & Innovation

Declaration of interests


  • Gardiner Coaching (UK) Ltd
  • Westeros Estates Ltd

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

  • Gardiner Coaching Academy


  • Webinar Vet

Appointments to other bodies

Vets in Mind - Trustee: May 2022 - present

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • BVA
  • SPVS
  • BVU - Member and also RCVS representative: May 2022 - present
  • AVC - Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member


  • 2004 - 2007 The Donkey Sanctuary (Sidmouth)
  • 2007 - 2010 South Moor Vets (Modbury)
  • 2010 - 2013 Locum
  • 2013 - 2014 Exonia Vets Emergency Services (Exeter)
  • 2014 - 2019 Vets4Pets Exeter Marsh Barton
  • 2019 - Present Otter Vets Ltd

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • BSc - Degree in Cellular Biology & Environmental Science From University of Natal
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery
  • Life Coaching Diploma
  • Nutrition & Coaching Certificate (PN1)

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


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