ABOUT

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ABOUT US

Beth Field-Harvey

BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy

Beth started BFH Veterinary Physiotherapy in July 2021, immediately after graduating from Harper Adams University with a first class honours degree. She has always had a love for animals and a passion for ensuring exceptional health and well-being, so it was only natural for her to choose a career involving them! She is fully insured and a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). As part of this, Beth regularly attends CPD events which allow her to stay up-to-date on the most relevant and recent research.

Beth has always enjoyed spending time around horses, including competing in local shows and for the Harper Adams Equestrian Team. She found working on an Olympic standard competition yard for her university placement inspiring, and she has just bought an ex-racehorse who she plans to retrain as an event horse over the coming months. Her placement year also gave her the opportunity to get a behind the scenes insight into the discipline of competitive dressage, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

In her free time, Beth enjoys walking in the Lakes with her favourite companion - four year old Springer Spaniel, Mungo. Spending some of her placement year at a Cumbrian canine hydrotherapy centre ignited Beth's passion for the rehabilitation of dogs suffering from gait dysfunctions and she is thoroughly enjoying helping her own clients on their road to recovery.

 
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ABOUT VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY

Veterinary Physiotherapy is an increasingly popular field of veterinary science. It's use following injury can make a substantial difference to the quality of recovery made by an animal by:

  • reducing pain

  • releasing restricted tissue

  • maintaining and improving range of motion

  • bettering posture

  • improving gait

  • increasing muscle strength

Such factors can be crucial in facilitating a return to full function following injury, or slowing deterioration in degenerative conditions. These effects are also incredibly beneficial to sporting athletes or working animals who are very active and place a lot of demand on their muscles.

Some examples of behaviours that may indicate a need for physiotherapy in your animal are:

  • a dislike to being tacked up, particularly when girthed

  • flinching or moving away from pressure when being petted or groomed

  • being cold-backed or not allowing you to mount

  • reluctance to go for walks

  • bucking or rearing when worked, particularly when asked to work in an outline 

In order to tailor a treatment plan to your animal, a static, dynamic, range of motion and palpatory assessment will need to take place. With horses, this could include in-hand, ridden or lunge work so please ensure a competent handler is present at the time of appointment. Such assessment methods allow us to get an in depth understanding of how your animal moves, which areas are causing pain or restriction, and why this may be the case. Following this, treatment can take place through manual therapies and remedial exercise, with exercise prescriptions being left for you to perform with your animal to get the most out of their rehabilitation or conditioning programme. Click here to find out more about the different treatments.  

 
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ABOUT OUR APPROACH

Beth is a strong believer that behavioural issues are more often than not associated with pain, even though sometimes they may appear to be an act of mischief. With this belief, we treat each animal with care and respect, and work at a pace with which they are comfortable. With this in mind, we have multiple treatment options available. If our patient does not take a liking to one, we will simply try something else. Beth appreciates the work that our animals put into keeping us happy, and this inspires her to put the effort into making them as comfortable and happy in themselves as she possibly can. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.