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 15 years of experience (I qualified in 2002), 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 are also an integral part of that process.
Following on from this, it made sense to do further qualifications, and 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.
I want to do the best for your pet, because they deserve it.
In February 2020, we were lucky to have Rayana join the team. Needless to say that the onset of Covid 19 just a month into her new contract threw a spanner in the works. However, I am delighted that we have managed to keep her on board, and she will continue to work for Vet & Physio!
I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Liverpool in 2009 and have been working with small animals in a mixture of referral, first opinion and charity practice since graduation.
In 2015, I gained a post graduate certificate in small animal behaviour and after completing a foundation course in Western Veterinary Acupuncture, membership to the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists.
I find the connection between behavioural issues and underlying medical conditions such as chronic pain extremely fascinating and this encouraged me to enrol on the GP Certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management in 2019.
I am extremely driven by promoting animal welfare and enhancing the bond between pets and their owners. I believe complementary therapies such as acupuncture, physiotherapy, and pain management to be a fundamental part of that.
I currently run chronic pain management, behavioural assessments and acupuncture consultations at Vet and Physio.
Outside of work, I enjoy horse riding, reading, travelling, creative writing and trying to reason with my rescue Pomeranian Sebastian!
Rayana Kamal BVSc MRCVS PGCert Small Animal Behaviour
BVSc MRCVS PGCert Small Animal Behaviour
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!