After leaving sixth form, I obtained a BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Performance degree from Bishop Burton College. At Bishop Burton College, I found a real interest in research and the use of marginal gains in order to improve performance results by understanding equine and rider biomechanics and exercise physiology. While studying I obtained a high first class dissertation investigating the role of different surfaces on equine limb kinematics when trotting in hand.
After completing my undergraduate degree, I moved to Nottingham Trent University to complete a Masters by Research in Equine Sport Science, primarily focussing on equine biomechanics. I also simultaneously began studying for a two further years under the Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training level 7 post-graduate Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy course accredited by Middlesex University. In 2017 I completed studying for my Clinical Educator's Certificate (Level 7). This has since allowed me to lecture and take veterinary physiotherapy students on placement.
2019 brings with it a new challenge as I have recently gone back to studying- this time for a PhD at Nottingham Trent University where I also lecture part-time around my teaching for the University of Nottingham, and my physiotherapy business commitments.
My own horse Fletcher's fight with injury and rehabilitation during my three years at Bishop Burton College helped me realise that my main area of interest and passion lies in research, sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and a thorough understanding of all the elements involved in maintaining competition horses in peak condition, by a process of using marginal gains to improve performance. This isn't just applicable to our equine and canine athletes but from your first pony club pony to the family hack. I believe that if you can improve ten areas by just 1%, you can gain a 10% overall improvement in performance. I pride myself in remaining as current as possible in new and upcoming research, often attending several conferences a year and continuing professional development days and courses. This allows for modern practice and management for my own horses and for those seen for physiotherapy and rehabilitation, alongside performing best practice to apply safe and tested therapeutic techniques, both manual and as electrotherapies.
As a physiotherapist, I believe that I am just one member of a team of specialists keeping your horse or dog working at their peak performance level, and as such, it is vital for your physiotherapist, trainer, owner, rider, farrier, saddler, dentist and veterinary surgeon to maintain a good relationship working as part of a team in order to optimise your pets performance.
I have experience from handling several species from pet dogs, cats, rabbits and exotics, to horses, breeding bulls, show cattle, ewes and working, sporting and competition dogs. Although I primarily treat dogs and horses, I am happy to discuss and treat all species working alongside your veterinary surgeon. This has included cats that have been involved in traffic accidents, rabbits, tortoises and even pregnant livestock with wounds that are unable to be sutured.
I have extensive experience handling, riding and competing fit competition horses and stallions, broodmares, foals and youngstock, rehabilitating serious orthopaedic, neurological and soft tissue injuries, including the management of returning to in hand and ridden work prior to returning to competition fitness. I also have a specific interest in discipline specific cross-training and fittening work, to improve soundness and performance whilst keeping horses interested in their work. All treatments can be scheduled around any training or competition commitments, which Jess is happy to discuss with you to get the best out of your horse or dog.
I offer regular groundwork and exercise prescription clinics, demonstrations and lectures across the UK. I am also available for on site physiotherapy at FEI events throughout the season as a licensed FEI Permitted Equine Therapist (FEI PET), working alongside some of the world's elite horse and rider combinations, Veterinary Surgeons and farriers.
I am normally seen with my cocker spaniel, Bobby and Golden Retriever, Teddy, alongside my horses, breeding and competition stallions Archie (Ulano-M) and Ralph (Headleys Deluxe), broodmares and their foals who keep me very busy!