I have worked around animals all my life, in particular focusing on nervous animals that require extra time and patience. I grew up on the Isle of Wight and have spent most of my life living on this beautiful island, riding horses across the fantastic countryside and walking my dogs on the amazing beaches.
Prior to animal physiotherapy, I worked for 12 years as a neonatal nurse, working with families to support their journey as parents of premature and sick babies. This career was extremely rewarding and providing me with a wealth of knowledge on the biomechanics of bodywork and interpreting non-verbal cues which I have been able to transfer into working with animals. I gained a bachelor of science first class honours degree, which I quickly followed with a postgraduate diploma in Animal Physiotherapy.
I offer home or yard visits Islandwide as I feel this enables animals to feel secure and settled in their own home, while giving me the chance to help owners assess their animal's environment for the benefit of exercises that can utilise the space the owners have, as well as being able to assess the home environment and look at how this can be adapted for the changing mobility of the animals.
My particular speciality is arthritis management and chronic conditions that affect mobility. There are many factor to consider once an animal has had the diagnosis of arthritis, so my aim is to work closely with owners to manage this condition and minimise the painful effects, as well as potentially reducing the need for pain medication. Ongoing support and advice is always available, including specific exercise plans that are achievable for you and your animals, and can be incorporated into their daily walks.
I undertake regular continuing professional development to ensure my practice is up-to-date, often exceeding the 25 hours per year minimum requirement. This also gives me the opportunity to meet and learn from other therapists, sharing our knowledge and skills with each other, to continually build up a wealth of knowledge.
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