Valiant Veterinary Physiotherapy was set up and is run by Dr Carol Ann Batchelor BSc(Hons) CertSAHydro CertEdVPT AdvCertVPhys PhD; a fully insured and registered member of the The Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP).
Carol Ann has spent many years studying various aspects of animal biology, biomechanics and rehabilitative therapy. She obtained her Batchelor degree in BioVeterinary Science and was awarded the Pfizer BioVeterinary Science prize in 2006. She then went on to study and obtain her PhD at the University of Liverpool specialising in canine anatomy, biomechanics and musculoskeletal adaptation in 2010.
After deciding to pursue her interest in animal rehabilitation she completed her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy with CEP Training, gaining the top student award for her year, in 2012. After this in 2013 she obtained her Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy with Whitehouse Training Ltd. Carol Ann then went on to gain her Clinical Educator Certificate with CEP Training accredited by the University of Middlesex in 2014.
Carol Ann has previously spent four years working full time for the Dogs Trust as their first ever canine hydrotherapist and physiotherapist, providing her with a wealth of experience working with a range of nervous and reactive dogs.
The majority of Carol Ann's work involves providing treatment to dogs, although she is qualified to provide therapy to other species (cats, horses, birds, etc.). All therapy is carried out under veterinary referral in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.
Carol Ann has an interest in teaching; she is a trained Clinical Educator and one of the core lecturers of the CEPT veterinary physiotherapy course. As such she is able to take students from this course on placements to further their knowledge and understanding of veterinary physiotherapy.