With over 15 years experience of working with animals firstly as an Animal care assistant for the RSPCA followed by qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and working in a busy Kent Veterinary Hospital. Through working in both roles, I have gained a wealth of experience in caring and handling animals of all different sizes, species and temperaments. I have also had a menagerie of animals of my own including dogs, cats, rabbits and a tortoise. It was one of my own dogs who took me down the path of becoming a Veterinary Physiotherapist after she needed a lot of musculoskeletal rehabilitation in her life!
Although I always wanted to work with animals I found myself at university studying for a degree in Occupational Therapy. Despite finishing the degree, it confirmed that I wanted to work with animals and as soon as I qualified, I applied and secured job at the RSPCA where I worked with my animals from dogs to rabbits, chickens, ferrets and wildlife. It was a rollercoaster of emotions working there as so many animals came in as cruelty cases and were neglected, but on the brighter side being part of their rehabilitation and finding them a new loving home was the best feeling in the world.
In 2017 after being a Registered Veterinary Nurse for 4 years, I started my training to become a Veterinary Physiotherapist. I studied with The College of Animal Physiotherapy and qualified in July 2020. Although I am new to the profession, I was running a weekly physiotherapy clinic at the Veterinary practice where i worked since May 2019 so I have gained experience in the practical side in many different conditions presented to me. I believe the full package is imperative to the outcome of my patients which is why I include an environmental assessment as part of my initial assessment. There is no sense in having a treatment and then repetitively struggling on a slippery floor or up some steep steps for example.
I am passionate about rehabilitating animals, educating owners and working with them to achieve the best results for their animal companion. I am affiliated through the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).