I started riding at a local riding school at the age of six and so a life long passion began. Having worked in riding schools and livery yards, where BHS exams and NVQ qualifications were gained, I went on to work in point to point racing, national hunt racing, hunting and eventing completing six consecutive seasons in a private event yard in sole charge caring for horses from Intro level to FEI 1*.
I studied at the European School of Animal Osteopathy gaining a diploma in Animal Manual Therapy and Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques. I continued my studies further at The College of Animal Physiotherapy and was awarded her Diploma with merit in Animal Physiotherapy.
As an Animal Physiotherapist it is important to keep up to date with advances in the physiotherapy and veterinary fields. It is therefore paramount that at least 25 hrs continued professional development (CPD) is undertaken every year. This is a mandatory requirement by The Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) and The Association for the Scientific Study of Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapy (ASSVAP) as is being fully insured.This ensures that every patient will benefit from the best possible treatment.
I have three horses and two dogs of my own. The horses range from traditional cob types to Thoroughbred ex-race horses. The Thoroughbred is aimed at retraining for RoR compettions. This is a process that requires time, patience and consistency with an immensely rewarding outcome when all goes to plan.The native/traditional horse has had a successful showing career and can turn a hoof to most things. I also have a Connemara who has had a rather busy hunting career in Ireland and now enjoys a quieter life living on the farm ( basically free range and does what he wants when he wants).
I have a keen interest in canine athletes too. As the owner of a rather energetic terrier it was hoped that he would partake in agility competitions. However, he had a different plan showing no interest,not even when roast lamb was used as a reward!!. It was a definite NO. If time permits I would like to register him as a pets as therapy dog. He is such a happy dog and makes everybody around him smile. My other dog is an elderly border terrior who seems to get more lively the older he gets. Currently 15 years old and going strong.
I have a keen interest in neurology and exercise therapy. I am interested in how injury is interpreted by the brain and how neurological patterns within the body adapt to injury. The outcome is abnormal kinematics (abnormal movement) as motor control is interrupted. Following injury, where kinetic abnormality has become apparent, it takes time and patience to re-educate the bodies neurological system to function at optimum once again. This interest is leading me down the neurokinetic science path. I look forward to completing my training in this field and putting it in to practice in 2018/2019.