ACpat chartered physiotherapist specialising in humans & animals
I am a chartered physiotherapist, fully insured and a member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) and on the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP).
I completed a 3 year full-time BSc (hons) degree in Physiotherapy at Coventry University and graduated with a first class honours. I worked in many areas including MSK outpatients, acute stroke, general medicine, intensive care and trauma orthopaedics. I went on to specialise in rider biomechanics and spent 2 years working for 'The Balanced Rider' treating a variety of patients from beginners to grand prix dressage/showjumping riders to vets and farriers. Alongside working I completed a 2 year MSc degree at Hartpury University in Veterinary Physiotherapy which involved many practical days at Hartpury along with several weeks of hands-on practical placements out in practice and thorough exams. I then decided to set up First Class Physiotherapy. I am currently completing my 3rd year Master's research dissertation study.
I am a keen horse rider and compete my veteran purebred Arabian gelding in a variety of disciplines from eventing to dressage to international level showing. I understand the need to improve and maintain performance for both horse and rider and what is required to compete at the highest level.
The title 'veterinary' or 'animal' physiotherapist is unprotected, meaning that anyone can call themselves a 'veterinary physiotherapist' without having any qualifications at all. However, 'Physiotherapist' and 'Chartered Physiotherapist' are protected by law and can only be used by those that have studied to a high academic and practical level.
Any ACPAT Physiotherapist is a human physiotherapist too and has studied for a minimum of 5 years including over 1000 hours in clinical practice. Many techniques cross over from human-animal and all the skills of observation, palpation and clinical reasoning are highly developed in ACPAT physios. All ACPAT members are fully insured and are required to keep up-to-date with relevant evidence through CPD.
Additionally, ACPAT Physiotherapists have been the choice of the GB Equestrian Olympic Team since 1992.