I always wanted to work with animals, growing up as a horsey teenager with a passion for dressage, then moving into training dogs. I have taught dog training (pet and competition level) for over 25 years and have competed in obedience and agility with my own dogs.
I undertook my veterinary physiotherapy training at University of Nottingham, where I achieved a Post Graduate Diploma. It was a challenging level 7 course and we had fantastic training at the vet school, in musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics, manual therapies and electrotherapies. My practical skills were learned on placement with some superb veterinary physiotherapists and I am now qualified to treat dogs, horses and other species. I now combine my training and teaching experience with musculoskeletal therapy for dogs and horses, thus living my dream!
Evidence shows that veterinary physiotherapy can make a significant difference to an animal’s quality of life as well as enhancing athletic performance in sporting animals. Whilst the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself, it can also benefit from therapies designed to optimise that healing process.
I belong to a professional association (IRVAP) and comply with a strict code of practice, including updating my professional knowledge through continuing professional development (CPD). I also hold comprehensive professional indemnity insurance so that you can be sure that your animal's interests are fully covered. The law requires that animal physiotherapists work strictly with veterinary consent and so I am unable to treat an animal without this. I aim to work collaboratively with vets to ensure that the animal gets the best possible treatment from the multi-disciplinary team.