From a young age until now, my whole life has been spent with passionate regard for the protection and welfare of all animals. And as a young adult I became fascinated how veterinary medicine could be supported by a very human and relatable experience such as physiotherapy – "the notion of identifying and maximising quality of life and movement potential within the grounds of promotion, prevention, treatment / intervention, and rehabilitation."
I became interested in becoming a veterinary physiotherapist back in 2013, when my handsome and energetic Labradoodle Ralf began to suffer with both of his cranial cruciate ligaments in his hind limbs. Watching him cope with his physical grievances with such stoic, loving perseverance, was both astounding and frustrating, and that heart breaking feeling we get rendering us powerless, was something I never wanted to feel again.
I began my journey to discover species behaviours, anatomy, physiology and what makes each animal individual in their characters. I completed a City and Guilds NPTC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management at Distinction* level between 2015- 2017 at Broomfield Hall, Derby College. During this time I volunteered at a small family run vets. This was my first experience of communicating with pet owners and getting a real sense of joined devotion for their pets and working as a team to reach a collaborative goal. I also spent time volunteering on a South African wildlife reserve with the focus on the protection of the endangered white rhino.
At Drayton Manor Zoo I offered my labour and assistance for two weeks, in return for species observation and working alongside veterinary professionals who specifically work with larger species. I also spent a month volunteering at Buxton Donkey Sanctuary where I could develop my handling skills, and take part in all aspects of animal health. I spent three weeks in Dubai in the world's only camel hospital where I shadowed and trained under several prestigious clinical and orthopaedic veterinary surgeons, which has only fortified my desire to treat varied species who, as yet, do not have access to physiotherapy treatment.
In August 2020, I completed my BSc (Hons) Veterinary physiotherapy degree at Moreton Morrell College, I am both fully qualified, and insured to treat animals that require physiotherapeutic intervention.
I continue my enterprise, offering gold standard services to all. As animal lovers we tend to treat our pets as one of our own, part of the family, and I am no exception! Their pain becomes our pain, and we become attuned to their requirements, which as a veterinary physiotherapist, is the best way to work together with the animal on its journey of recovery.