J BARKER: RCH, Mirvap
Founder, Centre Manager and Hydrotherapist
My name is Jo,
I have many years of experience in horses and dogs having worked with police horses and dogs, competed in agility and cani cross with my rescue dogs.
Since developing spinal and joint issues myself I developed an interest in hydrotherapy and discovered that the one place I was not in pain was in the pool. Since having to give up my passion for horses due to my health I turned my attention fully to dogs and have never looked back.
I have a particular interest in working with animals with joint issues.
I am a level 3 qualified hydrotherapist inc:
Canine anatomy and Physiology
Canine first aid
Administration of canine hydrotherapy
Canine treadmill practice
Louise Swnaston: BSc (hons) PGDip Veterinary Physiotherapy, MNAVP
Veterinary Physiotherapist & Lead Hydrotherapist
1st class BSc (Hons) in Animal Science
Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy
Level 3 Small Animal Hydrotherapy with advanced treadmill certificate
Canine First Aid
Louise has always wanted to work with animals, and as a teenager had a variety of animal care jobs, before she decided to further her knowledge with an animal science degree. During her degree she discovered the world of animal rehabilitation and immediately knew it was the perfect career path for her.
Shortly after graduating she completed a small animal hydrotherapy qualification, and began work in a local hydrotherapy centre. She quickly developed a keen interest in treating complex neurology and orthopaedic cases, which led her to secure a job as an in-house hydrotherapist at a leading orthopaedics and neurology referral hospital.
She spent 2 years completing a postgraduate diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy, to further advance her rehabilitation treatment skills and the range of therapies she can offer to animals; and then went on to found her own physiotherapy business after working as a physiotherapist and hydrotherapist in a busy university animal therapy clinic.