Making the decision to study Animal Physiotherapy has been a huge one for Sally.
She has worked hard to reach the high level of expertise she now possesses in human physiotherapy (her forte is cardio-thoracic and Intensive care physiotherapy ) and has willingly passed on her knowledge to many students and junior physios she has mentored.
Changing to Animal Physiotherapy involves enrolling in a Masters course at Liverpool University in England as Australia does not have a degree in Animal Physiotherapy at this time. Nor does New Zealand. This means that most of the course is done online with some compulsory time live-in in Liverpool too. A very expensive exercise !
Of course she needs to work to support herself and finance all of this too.
Luckily she has a friend who has an Animal Physiotherapy Practice who mentors her and provides her with practical training.
Recently Sally organised a workshop where a number of students were instructed in hands-on physio techniques. A large number of docile "patients" were recruited from friends in the doggy world.
Above and below you can see Scout taking a starring role with a rather aristocratic friend waiting her turn !
It seems that these days people tend to treat their animals with surgery and physio where one they would have been put to sleep or left to carry injuries dosed up on pain killers.
Massage and guided exercise seems to be very similar to the way humans are treated
And the animals don't seem to mind it a bit.
The dog below had a stroke and was completely paralysed only a few weeks ago. His owners are delighted with his progress.
Finally it is all settling into place.
Sally and Scout have moved from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast to be close to the Animal Physiotherapy Practice where she now works part time. She also works at a hospital nearby and her life is very busy with work and study. Her aim is to divide her working time between dogs and humans.