I’ve spent my 17 year career helping people in emergency situations for NHS ambulance services as a paramedic. Helping others is definitely my vocation in life.
I also voluntarily help run a community group for the elderly and help a local dog rescue as a foster liaison. I have fostered 28 dogs so far, many of which have been in horrific states when they arrived, physically and mentally. Rehabilitating and rehoming these dogs has made me realise that my path in life was changing.
I was introduced to Hydrotherapy when my own dog Deano ruptured his cruciate ligament and needed surgery. His recovery using hydrotherapy was amazing and gave him a love of water, that he never had before.
I now want to amalgamate the medical care and dog loving aspects of my life to open a Hydrotherapy and Rehabilitation centre.
I have just completed a 2 year diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and previously a Dog Handling qualification as well as all my fostering experience.
I am hoping to raise funds to buy the necessary equipment to set up the centre.
A pool, a special bath to wash before and after, a blaster dryer to make sure dogs leave dry and warm, safety harnesses and floatation aids, so that all severities can be treated. From sprains to post operative recovery to paralysed patients and those with long term conditions like arthritis.
I hope to dedicate a set amount of time to giving therapy sessions to dogs still in rescue waiting for new homes.