WHAT IS VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Veterinary Physiotherapists work in adjunction with your veterinarian to provide suitable and beneficial treatment programmes. Physiotherapists look at the whole picture and work on the muscles, joints, fascia and the circulatory and lymph systems.
The aim of treatments is to reduce pain, encourage correct gait patterns, restore muscle control and function, optimise recovery and enhance performance.
We use a range of manual therapies and then electrotherapies are also utilised where appropriate to enhance the manual techniques or to act at a deeper level. They are used to provide pain relief, assist with tissue repair, reduce swelling and aid towards neuro-muscular stimulation.
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Kimberley qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist after completing her Level 7 Advanced Certificate degree with the Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training (CEPT) at the University of Nottingham. She is registered with The Institute of Registered Veterinary & Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) and set up the practice in 2018. Prior to this she gained her BSc(Hons) in Animal Science.
Her love for animals started very young having grown up on a farm and ridden horses from a very young age. She has always been competitive and worked her way up through all the Pony Club and BE JRN squad teams. Kimberley currently enjoys competing and producing her two horses Stan and Bobby.
Between school and studying, Kimberley has worked as an international competition groom gaining vast experience and knowledge with elite level horses from the three major disciplines. Kimberley is a Permitted Equine Therapist for FEI events and is able to offer a unique package of combining high class competition grooming and physiotherapy to deliver complete care for the equine athlete. This has taken Kim to some of the most prestigious events in the world including Badminton Horse Trials 5* 2018 & 2019, and the World Equestrian Games, USA in 2018 where she helped treat the Brazilian event team horses. She hopes to be heading out to Tokyo 2021 as part of the support team for Brazil eventing team!
Kim is currently resident equine physiotherapist to dressage riders Laura Tomlinson and Lara Butler since Jan 2018. Here she conducts the weekly therapeutic exercises and treatments of the horses, including strength and conditioning programs, LASER therapy and working the horses on the water treadmill. She has been able to work closely with the World Class vets and physiotherapists, and other highly respected paraprofessionals gaining vast experience and knowledge along the way.