Lisa has over twenty year’s industry experience; with the past 6 focusing heavily on canine physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
Her career began in Canada where she completed her Veterinary Technician degree. She came to England in 1996 and began working at the RSPCA Sir Harold Harmsworth Hospital as a veterinary nurse. During her 12 month period at The Harold Harmsworth Hospital she gained a wealth of experience with a variety of species and left to locum and build on her experience. Lisa was a locum nurse across the South of England until she took a welfare position with The Celia Hammond Trust where she worked trapping & returning feral cats to established colonies, her interest in animal behaviour was already established at this point and dogs were her passion, she took a volunteer student instructor position with The London Canine Training Establishment and later The Hammersmith Dog Training Club.
Lisa then left the Veterinary Sector to accept a position at the newly formed Battersea Dogs Home Behaviour and Rehabilitation Department in 2001, then moving on to accept the position of Manager at Manchester Dogs’ Home where she remained until late 2014. During her time at Manchester Dogs’ Home Lisa had the opportunity to work with thousands of dogs in a medical and behavioural capacity, as often the two intertwine. She implemented temperament testing, rehoming and emotional and physical rehabilitation procedures that would see thousands of dogs successfully rehomed.
Lisa has worked tirelessly and sometimes constantly to maintain and further her education, having already completed a veterinary technician degree in Canada, she has since completed an FdSc in Canine Behaviour at Myerscough College and a level 6 degree with The College of Animal Physiotherapy, she holds a Galen Diploma in Canine Myotherapy and has completed the A1 assessors and PTTLS teacher training qualification. She is a registered animal physiotherapist with the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT) and maintians memberhsip with the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP)
Lisa currently has two weekly physiotherapy clinics, based in Leigh and Blackpool, where the patients’ welfare and well-being at the forefront of every meeting, ensuring that the patients are comfortable and handled in a force free manner. Her background enables her to work with clients and patients that are difficult to handle and that may need some behavioural management to enable the physiotherapy to take place. She has also developed a range of workshops to enable owners to develop specific skills for dogs that are difficult to treat so that their owners can undertake a greater range of work and not miss out on the benefits of massage and basic therapies.
Lisa works nationally with a wide range of sporting dogs including: agility, obedience, flyball, IPO and working trials. She provides monthly and bi-monthly physio sessions to clubs / teams that have attended her workshops as owners are able to undertake a greater amount of support work between her visits.