Out On The Road…March 4, 2017 1:39 pm
You might be surprised to know that, compared to human physiotherapy, veterinary physiotherapy is a relatively new profession. As I’ve already mentioned in my previous blog posts, physiotherapy in animals is appropriate for so many conditions, some more obvious than others! A big part of my role as lead veterinary physio for The Ralph Mobile Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation service (MPRS) and Chair of ACPAT is to provide guidance to pet carers as to where veterinary physiotherapy can offer the most value. What better way to do this than to get out on the road for a series of talks with the support of my local dog training and agility clubs! The talks give me the opportunity to introduce veterinary physiotherapy to dog club members, whilst giving them the chance to ask me questions.
Even though I have been treating pets for many years, and I’m constantly discussing my work with pet carers and vets alike, it’s a bit of a different proposition to be standing up in front of a captive audience with only a PowerPoint slideshow for company! But this is exactly where I found myself on Wednesday 15th February at the Jurgens Centre in Englefield Green. I was lucky enough to be facilitating this presentation with the support of Pet Necessities, a Surrey based organisation which specialises in dog training and pet care. Sarah Hickmott, who runs Pet Necessities Professional Dog Training, was fundamental in advertising the event to her club members and provided outstanding support (and great refreshments!) throughout the evening.
As the seats started filling up, and the lights when down, I started to feel the butterflies… but:
I was fortunate to be presenting to an engaged and interested audience and one of the great joys of my job is how much I love talking about it. Within minutes I had found my flow and was thoroughly enjoying myself!
There were some great questions posed during the Q&A session. In particular, I was really interested to discuss canine hydrotherapy. This was asked in relation to treatment options for dogs with cartilage disease (disease of the connective tissue that covers and protects the end of bones at the joints ). It’s given me some great ideas for a future blog post so watch this space, but it’s important to note that hydrotherapy is only one tool in a veterinary physiotherapist’s armoury. This is especially pertinent if you have a dog who is not keen on water, as is the case for the pet carer who posed this question!
I’m already looking forward to our next event which will be on Monday 13th March at Wallingford Dog Training Club at 6pm (club members only for this one).
Keep checking back here for more updates!
Thanks as always for reading,
PS. Some feedback from this event: