Rachel qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in Veterinary Physiotherapy (ACPAT) from the University of the West of England (taught at Hartpury College), with a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy. To gain entry onto the PG Dip Rachel first completed a 3 year BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton.
Rachel spent time working as a human physiotherapist within a hospital setting during her time training on the postgraduate diploma, but has also worked extensively in the equine and canine industry since she was 14, as well as during both degree programmes. This has included riding schools, livery yards, stud and competition yards and a small animal veterinary practice, both in the UK and abroad. This enabled Rachel to develop an extensive understanding of the demands and problems that can be faced by many animals from the everyday pet to the elite athlete.
Additionally Rachel has owned her own horses before, and is pictured above with her own horse, who is an retired GP Showjumper. Rachel also owns a GSD puppy whom I hope to go on and compete with at agility.
As a “Chartered Physiotherapist” Rachel has developed extensive clinical reasoning skills and these will be used, based on the findings from the assessment, to develop a specific rehabilitation and treatment programme based on your animal’s individual needs.
As part of CPD requirements Rachel has recently completed the KT1 and KT2 course in advanced Equine Kinesio taping and this is now available to all patients as an additional treatment. As a result Rachel is now registered with Kinesio UK as a practitioner certified to completed Kinesio taping techniques on horses at an advanced level. Additionally Rachel has completed a specialist Sports Massage therapy diploma, aimed at Physiotherapist's, to enable her to offer further treatments for riders.
Horses and dogs are the main animals treated, however other animals can be treated on enquiry.