I thought I was supposed to be semi-retired??

Have not had a chance to blog for a while because my life seems to get busier and busier.  Only a few more days until the end of the shooting season.  Dogs will be glad of the rest, but I must admit that I love my shooting days, and the season is far too short.  But finishing off with 3 days in a row so will probably be on my knees by Sunday.

The new book “Horse Movement: Structure, Function and Rehabilitation” has been through the final stages of editing and is now with the designer.  Had an email from Hilary Clayton this morning (she is going to write the foreword) saying she is really looking forward to reading it.  Make sure you have it on your list for when it becomes available in March.  I must admit that there has been an incredible amount of interest in it pre-publication, so my co-author, Lex, and I are really looking towards doing all the promo stuff.  Will be in my California practice in March and some of my clients are going to put on special events to mark the book launch, so really looking forward to that.  Particularly looking forward to some California sun.   [Read more…]

How can we maintain professional standards of vet physio when “bums on college seats” seems to be taking over?

I harbour grave concerns regarding the undergraduate training of veterinary physiotherapists.  Those of you who know me and/or have trained with me will know that I am passionate about animal welfare and the high quality practical and scientific training that must be given to trainee Vet Physios if animal welfare is to be maintained.  I have worked long and hard to ensure that the profession of veterinary physiotherapy will be recognised as a highly skilled adjunct to the treatment of injured animals and athletic conditioning of animals used in sport.  Just when I think we are on the brink of convincing the wider veterinary profession that skilled physiotherapy is paramount for a good prognosis, I feel that the training of veterinary physiotherapists is being unacceptably diluted to the extent that it will put the profession back years.

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My new book

Things are hotting up at Williams Towers as the book deadline approaches.  It is now officially called “Horse Movement: Structure Function and Rehabilitation” and will be for release in Spring 2014, published by Allens, and you should shortly start to see the promotional material.  Lex McKenna (my illustrator) is busy putting together some fantastic illustrations that will make this book the functional anatomy text to end all.

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Exciting times

Well, it has been a very busy start to 2013 at “Williams Towers”.  The talks regarding the regulation of non-veterinarians who treat animals started on 9th January and I was there to represent ASSVAP.  Our Administrator, Elizabeth Elliott, has been working tirelessly to bring these talks about for the past 12 months, working through various political contacts.  Well done Elizabeth, I hope that she gets all the recognition she deserves for this herculean effort.  Currently 17 organisations are represented, and it is likely to take 2 years to work through, but the journey of a thousand miles and all that!

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My Fabulous California Trip

My treatment trip to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley in the mountains above Santa Barbara was a great success, after an unauspicious start.  I got to Heathrow only to find that my plane had been delayed for 3 hours!  As you have to check-in for transatlantic flights 3 hours before departure, it meant that I had 6 hours to cool my heels at the Airport!  Luckily, I was flying Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy (highly recommended), and no-one was in the seat next to me so I had the whole section to myself to spread out.  This was just as well because the normal 11 hour flight turned into a 12 1/2 hour flight because we were battling headwinds!  By the time I finally collapsed into my room at the Los Angeles Airport Crowne plaza, I had been on the road for over 24 hours.

Next day I awoke to beautiful California sunshine, picked up my hire car and drove 2 hours up the Ventura Highway to Santa Ynez.

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