I have always had a passion for animals, especially horses, and realised at a very early age that the only career for me was one working with animals. While researching careers in order to choose GCSEs and consequential A-levels, it was clear that Veterinary Physiotherapy was the ultimate career path. I then dedicated my entire academic life to working towards this goal, eventually achieving a BSc(Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2010.
Since qualifying, I've realised how invaluable the experience treating humans in the NHS is, to provide the best possible background knowledge and skills for animal treatment. I therefore spent some years rotating between Musculoskeletal outpatients, Neurological rehabilitation, Hand therapy (mainly tendon injuries & repairs), Burns and Plastic surgery, before specialising in Musculoskeletal as a senior Physiotherapist. I then completed the 2-year Masters-level post-graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy, at the University of Liverpool vet school. I now thoroughly enjoy my work with all types of animals, complemented by the part-time NHS role.
Outside of work, I have ridden regularly since age 10 (when I did everything possible to be around horses), including volunteering at a local riding school, various long-term loans of horses, and have a special interest in Western riding and Natural Horsemanship. I have enjoyed a wide range of riding experiences, in various styles and tack around the world, including Icelandics in Iceland, pure Arabians in the Egyptian desert, Quarter horses and Tennessee Walkers on a Canadian ranch, and even got married on a Shire horse in an English woodland.
I also have a considerable passion for wildlife and conservation, particularly Marine mammals and Big Cats. I have even been lucky enough to stroke a cheetah and photograph Blue & Humpback Whales! I currently share my home with 2 cats, (one of which plays fetch), husband and toddler (juggling being a mum with a self-employed business and NHS job!).