DVM, Dip Aphys, MRCVS
Many people ask me how I decided to do this job. It is a long story...
First and foremost, I am proud to be a vet.
In more than 20 years of experience, I have worked in various specialised positions with companion animals. I was initially interested in surgery, then focused on critical care, then pain management. From this experience, I have gathered the many skills you need to look after the animal as a whole. Indeed, veterinary knowledge and skills are essential to rehabilitate an animal. But I believe that complementary therapies such as physiotherapy and acupuncture are also an integral part of that process.
In 2012, after 3 years of additional study, I passed the Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy.
On arriving in the West Country, I took the opportunity to build and develop the physiotherapy and rehabilitation service at Langford Vets, which is part of the University of Bristol. There were many good things about this position. Mainly It gave me the opportunity to work with specialist vets in various disciplines, such as surgery, neurology and anesthesia/pain management. I have gathered a vast experience in a variety of complex cases, from post operative treatment after knee surgery to rehabilitation of a paralyzed pet. It is so rewarding to help a dog walk again!
In 2017, I have began this new Vet & Physio adventure, to bring veterinary physiotherapy, pain management and rehabilitation closer to you, and to deliver more dedicated and personal care. Since then, Vet & Physio has grown from strength to strength despite everything the world tried to throw at us!
I want to do the best for your pet, because they deserve it.
Since September 2021, Grace has joined the Vet & Physio team.
Meet Grace here !
Since graduating from Harper Adams University in 2020 with a degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy, I have been a vet physio for both horses and dogs. I joined Mathilde’s team in 2021 and love the challenge and diversity of the practice. It is very rewarding to see the improvement dogs make in their condition week on week.
From a young age, my love for biology began to grow. I remember sitting in science class being in total awe of what teachers were describing when it came to the human body (which is incredibly similar to the animal body). The intricate design of anatomy, the wonders of physiology and how every day, all these elements manage to work in (almost) complete cohesion, captivated me.
What astounds me, still today, is how the body is able to heal itself almost completely on its own. As a Veterinary Physiotherapist, I see it as my role to do everything I can to empathetically promote and encourage this musculoskeletal healing. I am a firm believer that everything is deeply connected, and if one element is out of place, this will have a knock on effect for many other mechanisms of the body.
My other passion has always been animals. I have grown up around dogs and the unconditional and underserving love animals give to us continuously, has always kept me close to them. There is a deep spiritual understanding which they seem to connect to us with.
Sport and exercise has also been a huge part of my life. I was a competitive swimmer for almost 10 years, quitting only to focus and pursue my studies and a career in veterinary physiotherapy. I feel this gives me a great understanding of the importance of movement and exercise in the rehabilitation of a veterinary patient.
Sarah has joined me since November 2019. Her help has been priceless, she is so passionate, enthusiastic and a true dog whisperer. I am so fortunate that she has continued despite everything that the year has thrown to us.
Sarah works at Vet & Physio two days a week assisting with clinical cases and administration. She qualified as a Veterinary nurse in 2000 and has had a variety of roles including nursing and teaching. Being a head nurse at a busy veterinary hospital was the main part of her carrier, but she has also enjoyed working with an orthopedic specialist and as a dermatology referral nurse for a number of years.
She now runs Little Orchard Training Dog Training Academy with her husband, two children and their 8 dogs!