Why Choose Me?
Here at ER Vet Physio, we understand the struggle of finding the right animal physiotherapist for your animal. This is made harder with the title animal/veterinary physiotherapist not protected, meaning there is nothing to stop somebody with no qualifications from calling themselves a physio! We thought that it would be useful for you to see why you can trust us with your animals, as you have every right to know where your physio trained!
I am the only person based locally with an integrated master's in veterinary physiotherapy. What does that mean? I have spent 4/5 years of continuous study learning about animal physiotherapy. How is that different from other postgraduate qualifications? This was a full-time course purely learning about animals with the final year being at master's level, instead of 2 years part-time. This is classified as level 7 whereas A levels are level 3.
Click here to find out what was involved in becoming a qualified veterinary physiotherapist.
As part of my degree, I completed two dissertations on how different flooring surfaces changed the way a dog moves over them. My first dissertation was a systematic review, which involved a search of scientific databases for journal articles (research) on what research had already been carried out before. Leading on from that, I carried out my own trial, comparing dogs walking over carpet, concrete, and foam matting. This research has given me the extra knowledge to justify the use of different flooring surfaces to help you and your animals out!
During the whole of my final year, the cohort were able to run their own equine and canine clinics while still under lecturer supervision. It was a really inciteful experience, as I was able to treat a range of different cases while gaining tips from the lecturers.
Currently, in my toolbox, I have a pulse mag, LASER, kinesiology taping, TENS, NMES, and my hot and cold packs. Watch this space as this will grow! As well as this, I also offer massage, stretching, range of motion, and exercise prescriptions as well as exercise equipment. Click the links to find out how they could help your animal!
Small Animal Exercise Equipment
For those of you whom I’ve suggested exercise equipment to use, I have my own available for you to try during a session before you invest yourself. That being said I’m equally happy to help suggest homemade alternatives! For example, garden canes can be used as poles or plant pots as cones!
Horse Exercise Equipment
I currently own a bungee band system to aid core stability and encourage spinal flexion.
I take a range of payment options to suit your needs. From cash to insurance policy pay-outs. Bank transfers and card payments are also accepted. Please see the payments page and terms and conditions for more details. If you are worried about payments, please check out your insurance policy, often they include physiotherapy and hydrotherapy!
NAVP (National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists)
I am a part of the NAVP (National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists), which requires me to do 50 hours of continual professional development (CPD) every 2 years. This is to ensure that I continue to adapt to the most effective research and give the best service to your animals. As well as this, only therapists with a degree in veterinary physiotherapy can join.
I am fully covered with public liability insurance. Due to my qualifications and insurance cover, I am able to take insurance claims as payment. It should be noted that I still require payment upfront while waiting to have the payout confirmed.
RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners)
I am registered on RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners), which I was able to do as soon as I graduated. This is because during my degree I completed a large number of practical hours. My degree course at Writtle University College was the first course that allowed their graduates direct entry to RAMP! RAMP also requires me to do 50 hours of continual professional development (CPD) every 2 years, in order to stay on the register.
I am a fully mobile therapist and I am able to directly come to any of your animals. This means that you don’t have to worry if your horse will/will not load, or carrying your large neurologic dog to and from the car.