I’m a fully qualified, registered and insured Veterinary Physiotherapist, focusing on the treatment of small animals (mainly dogs) and horses. I am based in the northwest of Ireland, covering Leitrim and surrounding counties. I am available to travel further, depending on numbers of animals to be treated.
What services do I provide?
I provide a mobile physiotherapy service, treating clients in their own homes, livery yards, or at their veterinary practices. Alternatively, dogs can be treated at my home. I work solely on a veterinary referral basis and can provide progress reports for each client to their referring vet. I am happy to liaise with veterinary surgeons, equine dentists, farriers, saddlers, agility groups, etc. to discuss the treatment options I can provide, and design tailor-made rehabilitation programs for specific cases.
What’s my background?
I have been involved with dogs and horses for much of my life. I learned to ride at a young age and competed in show jumping for several years at an amateur level. Although my heart always lay in working with animals, I ended up working in business for many years. Subsequently, I re-trained as a dog groomer and opened my own business in 2008, grooming all breeds & ages of dogs. Over the years, I saw many dogs with musculoskeletal issues that I felt could benefit from physiotherapy.
Returning to education in 2014 I studied for the Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy with CEP Training in the UK, accredited by Middlesex University and successfully qualified in July 2016. Currently, I am studying for the Clinical Educator Certificate, run by CEP Training and accredited by Middlesex University and on completion, I plan to complete the MSc in Professional Practice in Veterinary Physiotherapy.
During my physiotherapy training, I spent time at various equine yards in the UK working with show jumpers, eventers, thoroughbreds and family hacks. I also worked with both companions, working and agility dogs with a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological problems.
I attend CPD events as often as possible. The most recent ones were a seminar looking at the impact of saddle fit on the horse’s back; an equine limb dissection to better understand the structures within the horse’s limbs that tend to cause the most trouble; a 2-day workshop learning Daniel Kamen’s manipulation techniques for horses.
I hold a Canine First Responder certificate.
What & Why Physiotherapy?
Veterinary or Animal Physiotherapy is the use of a combination of therapeutic techniques in order to relieve pain and to maintain, improve and restore function. Crucially it can optimise the performance of an animal, thus improving its overall quality of life. It is not only used for athletic animals, such as agility dogs and competition horses. It is of huge benefit to companion animals in the treatment of many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
Physiotherapy helps to create optimum conditions for natural healing to take place, thus keeping the treated animal in good health and avoiding small issues becoming larger, more expensive problems. It does this by addressing the various musculoskeletal and neurological components involved – nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and bones. The use of various manual therapies, electrotherapies, and exercise programs are combined to provide a unique treatment plan for each individual to help restore the best performance possible.
See the Dogs and Horses pages for more details of the treatment options available and some of the conditions that can benefit from physiotherapy.
What are the benefits to your Veterinary practice?
Having a local physiotherapy referral service for your clients is of huge benefit to your practice. I can provide treatment for post-surgical cases as well as conservative management in cases where surgery is not an option. I can treat older animals where, traditionally, the use of pain medication and NSAIDs might be the treatment of choice.
Osteoarthritis is not reversible but, in supporting soft tissues, muscle strength and bulk, and maintaining joint range of movement, physiotherapy can help to keep older animals more mobile.
I am happy to do a presentation or discuss the provision of service with veterinary practices. I am interested in working with practices to provide in-house services to your clients on a regular basis.
Carrick on Shannon,
EirCode: N41 N278