Ciara has always had a passion for animals, especially horses, and realised at a very early age that the only career for her 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. She then dedicated her entire academic life to working towards this goal, eventually achieving a BSc(Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2010.
Since qualifying, she realised how invaluable the experience treating humans in the NHS is, to provide the best possible background knowledge and skills for animal treatment. She 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. She then completed the 2-year Masters-level post-graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy, at the University of Liverpool vet school. She now thoroughly enjoys her work with all types of animals, complemented by her part-time NHS role.
Outside of work, Ciara has ridden regularly since age 10, including various long-term loans of horses, and has a special interest in Western riding and Natural Horsemanship. She has experienced riding many types of horses, in various styles and tack around the world, including Icelandics in Iceland, pure Arabians in the desert, Quarter horses and Tennessee Walkers on a Canadian ranch, and even got married on a Shire horse in an English woodland.
She also has a considerable passion for wildlife and conservation, particularly Marine mammals and Big Cats. She has even been lucky enough to stroke a cheetah! Ciara also immensely enjoys photography, growing a large collection of wildlife shots including rarely-sighted species. She currently shares her home with 2 cats, one of which plays fetch…