Bess was born in central Illinois, but never managed to stay put for very long. She was born a horse fanatic who never outgrew her passion for horses. While in Illinois and Ohio, she was an avid member of the United States Pony Clubs, and she tested through the highest levels. She also competed extensively in dressage and eventing, and enjoyed foxhunting.
As an adult, Dr. Darrow made her way through college at Mount Holyoke College in MA and Bryn Mawr College in PA. She obtained a B.S. in Biology in 1992 and continued on to be a large animal veterinary technician, a horse trainer and a riding instructor first in PA, then MD and finally in Florida.
Bess became interested in equine dentistry when a certified equine dentist came through a barn she managed in the early 1990’s and stopped to give a quick lecture. At that point, her interest was piqued and she realized a passion for equine dentistry due to the difference it made in so many horse’s lives. She became a certified equine dental technician with the International Association of Equine Dentistry in 2001, and soon went on to pursue her even loftier goal of obtaining a DVM . She received a DVM from Ross University and completed a clinical year at the University of Florida in 2007. Her love of teaching is still evident, as she insists on educating her clients and anyone who will listen about the benefits and rewards of proper equine dentistry for their horses.
Dr. Darrow lives in North Central Florida with her domestic partner, 3 horses and 5 small dogs. She still enjoys riding, training horses, teaching students, traveling, competitive running with dogs and cooking.