Working with animals from a very young age, eventually lead to the Chiropractic career of choice. I initially qualified with OCC back in 2000, then with the EAVC, and since then the advanced chiropractic with IAVC. After several years working with the IVCA on the managing committee, alongside other committees such as education, research and working as an examiner for many years, I had a good grounding in the scientific and philosophical aspect of chiropractic.
Then I was lucky enough to meet a Veterinarian called Rachel Mowbray, based in Dursley, Gloucestershire. She had brought her little dog Meg in to see me for a chiropractic check up. She and I initiated a change of focus of my animal chiropractic career, and I soon started working for Vale Vets on a regular basis. This is a big referral hospital, and the knowledge base that this opened up and created for me was vast. I was working on a weekly basis with Rachel in Vale Vets, and the focus was originally on sporting dogs, and then other vets started to refer into us, and we became the go to place for all the chronic lame cases or cases where local vets just didn’t have enough knowledge or time to investigate properly.
My differential diagnostic and rehabilitation skills have increased beyond measure, and from this basis, we ploughed forward with Vale Vets and instigated a rehabilitation centre, Pet Rehab, with big team of people, from ACPAT Physios and Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Sports Massage therapists, Hydrotherapists, Bowen therapists amongst many others, where the skill set as a whole is great, and the clinical reasoning behind each decision and case has had at least 3 minds concentrating on this at any one time.
My connections in the Dog Agility world saw myself being elected as Team Chiropractor for the Kennel Club Team GB in 2009. I have represented Team GB twice per year at the European Opens, and the World Championships until 2015, where I graciously stood down with new team management taking on the mantle. I have also represented Team England for the World Agility Championships, and Team GB for the IFCS World Championships since this time, again as Team Chiropractor. My role with the teams was to ensure the dogs were fit and strong enough to compete on the international arena, consulting on and implementing fitness plans, strength training, maintaining tip top health, and trying to patch up minor injuries to enable the competitors to run, consulting on both human and dog competitors!
More recently I have gained my Fellowship at Royal College of Chiropractors, and I now chair the Animal Faculty within the realms of the RCC. I completed my CCRP with the University of Tennessee, the first animal chiropractor to have done so. I am very pleased with my achievements as there are only vets with this CCRP qualification until now in this country!
My various qualifications include: BSc Hons Chiropractic, Animal Chiropractic, Advanced Animal Chiropractic, Animal Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation Certificate, Osteoarthritis Case Manager Certificate.
Using fun, laughter, smiles and education to enable dogs to realize their best potential and quality of life through outstanding care and customer service encompassing rehabilitation, palliative care, fitness and owner education. The intention is to build on the bond you have with your dog, and have lots of fun in the learning, recovery and maintenance processes.
We endeavor to do the right thing in everything we do. We take pride in providing an honest and trustworthy clinical service that is tailored to the patient and clients’ needs. We place integrity and honesty at the heart of our service.
We combine the knowledge of our team to get the best possible outcomes for our patients. We pride ourselves on knowledge coming from both academic understanding and practical experience. We feel the application of such knowledge enables us to make the correct decisions at the correct time saving unnecessary tests or treatments that may otherwise be suggested.
We care passionately about what we do. We see care as both care for the patient and care for the owner. We understand how important high quality care is as we are pet owners ourselves.
We strive to provide support throughout everything we do. We see ourselves as an integral part of supporting the patient through diagnosis and rehabilitation, supporting the owner through the emotional journey in managing the complexities of aftercare through clear communication.