Since I was a young girl, I have always had a love for animals, especially dogs and cats. I was 17 when I convinced my parents to get a dog, not just a normal dog, a Guide Dog puppy. After successfully socialising 2 puppies they became qualified Guide Dogs.
I then studied my Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management, and volunteered for the RSPCA, fostering kittens and caring for the cats. I then spent a year in France living with my parents, where I volunteered for the SPA walking dogs, finding out the different ways they treat and train their animals, and the lack of knowledge in veterinary physiotherapy, especially in the rural areas. However, it was here I met my first rescue puppy, Bambi, she was not socialised at the rescue and we had behaviour difficulties from the beginning. At 12 months old she became very reactive. She still lives with my parents in France, where they can let her roam their large garden, and live the life she knows and loves. She has helped me understand reactive dogs and gave me the experience I require.
My first introduction to veterinary physiotherapy was when a friends dog ruptured a disc in his spine, and was completely paralyzed. Within months of hard work from his owner and physiotherapist, he was able to stand and walk with help. Now, he does have flare-ups but is living his life to the fullest, running around and destroying toys (his favourite activity to do). This is what helped me make my decision to continue my studies. I moved back to the UK and started with my BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Harper Adams University.
In 2019 I adopted a Golden Retriever, who developed hip dysplasia at 6 months old and is currently on maintenance physiotherapy with myself, a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist. In 2019, my parents cat also developed patella luxation, cruciate ligament rupture and osteoarthritis. Through advice and physiotherapy she is enjoying being the crazy cat she is.
I graduated from Harper Adams University in 2020 with a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Physiotherapy.