MA Vet MB MRCVS, CAM Founder
Hannah has been a qualified first opinion small animal vet for 15 years. She is the founder of CAM which started off as a small one on one vet with owner external service in 2013. She had noted that there was a disproportion of dogs being euthanased for poorly managed arthritis and felt that this chronic disease needed to be managed differently. After a succession of euthanasias of dogs that had gone off their back legs, she felt compelled to initiate CAM online and help owners through an online platform as she had noted there was a lack of consistent reliable no commitment to buy resources for owners of dogs with arthritis to turn to. Hannah continues to work as a vet as well as expand her one on one service. Her other full time job is looking after the star of the show Holly her 14 years old Collie who suffers from lumbosacral disease.
BVetMed CertVA Dip.ECVAA MRCVS
Gwen has been a vet for 16 years and, after 3 years in general practice, went off to train as a specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and pain management. Over the last 5 years she has concentrated her efforts into setting up a chronic pain clinic at the veterinary referral centre where she works. Vets can refer complex cases for her expert opinion on how to manage pain in dogs and cats. She uses medication and acupuncture and works alongside 2 physiotherapists and a hydrotherapist to provide a truly holistic service which includes lots of advice to the pet owners on how to improve their pets condition through their own efforts. Through this experience Gwen has come to realise just how much need exists for an increased awareness about chronic pain, both vets and the pet owning public need more information to help manage the debilitating and life-shortening disease that is arthritis.
Lynsey qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 and gained the RCVS diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2008. She works in practice in Brighton, in a busy first opinion, referral and emergency clinic. Lynsey is currently working towards the Galen Myotherapy Diploma and will be working with Hannah as a CAM therapist once she has achieved this. She lives in West Sussex with her husband, two children, cat, crazy dog and five chickens. Mabel the dog is a Flat Coated Retriever cross, who is a beautiful family dog and a sandwich short of a picnic!
BSc (Hons) RVN Galen Canine Myotherapist
Kirsty qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1991 and has worked in various disciplines including small animal, mixed practice and exotics. Kirsty is our go-to person for all things social media. In 2016 she graduated with an honours degree in Natural and Environmental Science and has a keen interest in all aspects of the natural world. She is a qualified Galen Myotherapist and member of the International Association of Animal Therapists. Kirsty works as a senior nurse for Vetfone and runs a mobile Myotherapy business, serving communities across Devon and Cornwall. She also has a longstanding interest in incorporating rehabilitation, especially of senior dogs, into general practice and in promoting community care of animals in their own home.
A proud mum of three boys and the devoted owner of Sam the Golden Retriever, who will often be seen featuring in CAM posts.
Accredited Level 3 Dog Groomer, Administrator and Trainee Hydrotherapist.
Jen is our Veterinary Team Coordinator and is always busy behind the scenes to keep CAM running. Having worked as a senior administrator and qualified with NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration, Jen keeps the team running and coordinates recruitment, assists Hannah with management and plans all of CAMs next adventures. When not working, Jen is studying for the Level 3 Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy and her Animal Nursing Assistant certificate to further expand her knowledge, passion and care for arthritic dogs.
BSc Equine Science, MSc Animal Manipulation, Registered Galen Canine Myotherapist
Luisa qualified as a McTimoney Animal Therapist in 2011, then later as a Galen Canine Myotherapist in 2013. Prior to this, she gained experience as a veterinary nursing assistant in small animal practice, and at a large canine hydrotherapy and rehabilitation referral centre in Guildford.
Patients with arthritis, chronic pain, mobility and postural issues form a large part of Luisa‘s current West Sussex based practice. Educating, supporting and assisting owners in managing their arthritic dogs is key to the job. The home environment, exercise, pain indicators, other therapies, and lifestyle advice are all considered. She is a keen advocate of a multi modal team approach, and dedicated to improving her knowledge and skills.
She is mum to two Alaskan Malumutes, one of which is arthritic himself, and two Canadian Eskimo Dogs, who are raced during the winter season at various rallies across the country.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Kim is qualified as a Veterinary Nurse back in 1998 and overall she has been in general small animal practice some 25 years gaining lots of experience along the way.
Dogs have always fascinated her (her earliest memory is feeding her family dog, Coal, from her high chair) and she has had the closest bonds with all of them in her life including clients. She holds several interests including canine behaviour obtaining a Diploma in dog psychology and a Diploma in dog training. Other subjects she finds interesting is clinical nutrition (diet plays an overall important factor in health) and oncology after a recent diagnosis with her lad, Mak.
She held an interest and believe in complimentary and holistic therapies and how these can be integrated into Veterinary practices. With this is mind she undertook a two year course to train and learn canine massage therapy used to rehabilitate soft tissue injuries and support Orthopaedic issues such as Hip Dysplasia. This is still a fairly new form of treatment in the Veterinary world so it is slow progress however it is under estimated especially as a tool for pain management alongside hydrotherapy or physiotherapy. She passed her exams after extensive study and she can proudly say she is a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist owning and running her own business, Macoby Canine Massage Therapy and a full member of the Canine Massage Guild.
She feels that senior care is often over looked and there is a lot more that can be done to help especially Arthritic patients alongside conventional medicine. Since being a massage therapist she has developed an understanding of pain management and the various modalities that can help, that’s when she discovered CAM and she knew she wanted to be involved.
BVM&S MRCVS MSc
Following graduation in 2001 Shona worked in general mixed practice for 6 years. During this time she developed a particular interest in pain management, which led her to undertake postgraduate training in veterinary acupuncture with the ABVA (Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists) in 2006. In 2007 Shona left general practice to focus her time and clinical skills towards supporting patients, owners and veterinary colleagues in chronic pain management. She set up her own practice in Devon working with clinical pain assessment, acupuncture, home environment assessment, nutrition and stress and exercise management.
Shona really enjoys working with geriatric patients, and also patients recovering from injury. She has a particular passion for supporting and empowering owners in adjusting to life with an ageing or otherwise less mobile companion, and also in raising awareness within the public and veterinary profession around the importance of a multimodal treatment approach for chronic pain.
Shona loves being mum to her 17 year old daughter, and taking every opportunity for outdoor adventures with her family.
Currently in between having a dog at home, she spends time with her 8 year old cat and young tortoise.
BVSc BSc MRCVS
Sarah qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2012 and since then has been working in small animal general practice. Even before the discovery of CAM her main interest was in chronic pain management and trying to make sure the oldies get the best care possible.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
She has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse for 13 years, head nurse for 9 years and actually in practice for 17 years! She has worked in mixed and small animal practice in South Devon and have done every bit of nursing you could imagine. In the last 6 months she instigated the use of Laser therapy in practice and have seen amazing results not only for things like wound healing but mainly in arthritis, her patients have shown different degrees of improvement but actually seeing the change in them has been amazing.
She is currently in the process of moving her career into the rehabilitation route and she’s going to do hydrotherapy and physiotherapy as well as keeping up with her laser therapy.
In her spare time she is a fundraiser for Galgos del Sol a charity in Spain who rescue and treat Galgos and before that she fundraised for Greyhound rescue in the UK.
Certified Companion Animal Behaviourist
MA (Oxon) DipCABT (COAPE) RQF Level 6
Lisa is a COAPE Certified Companion Animal Behaviourist and holds the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology Level 6 (BSc standard) Higher Diploma in Applied Clinical Pharmacology, Neurophysiology and Therapeutics in Companion Animal Behaviour. She has over 10 years experience in animal behaviour and training and runs her behaviour practice, Canine Thinking, in and around her home county of Cheshire. Lisa works with both private clients and national and international animal rescue organisations on rehabilitation, training and behaviour cases. She also provides volunteer and staff training for rescue organisations, gives talks and lectures, and carries out dog behaviour assessments for rescue intake and rehoming, child adoption applications and for court cases.
Occupational Therapist and Small Animal Physiotherapist, DipCOT, PostGrad Cert(Dist), HPC, IRVAP
Mel has worked in the NHS for over 25 years, mainly in the field of acute paediatrics and heads a small team at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital. Her areas of specialism include paediatic rheumatology, paediatric hands and chronic pain management. Mel has a further degree in systemic family therapy
In 2014 Mel qualified from Nottingham University School of Veterinary Medicine and Science as a small animal physiotherapist, having undertaken her practical training with Barbara Houlden at K9 Hydro services, and Helen Fentem-Jones at Dick White Referrals.
Mel now has her own business, Phoenix Veterinary Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, providing a mobile physio service, and a specialist veterinary splint making service. Mel is passionate about providing a service where therapeutic handling is at the centre of therapy. She enjoys working holistically with owners to maximize the functional abilities and quality of life for her patients and their owners.
Mel has 5 badly behaved Basset Hounds, all over the age of 11 and a variety of other creatures sharing her home! She is a closet rabbit lover , and has an opinionated 10 year old house rabbit called Dillon! Her vet friends believe this to be a sign of insanity!
June Le Fevre
PDip V.Phys, MIRVAP, FP-MT, CCFT
After a full on career as a Procurement Specialist, June decided to “do what she loves” as opposed to doing what she needed to do to pay the mortgage and re-trained as a Veterinary Physiotherapist. June has loved dogs all her life and indeed when she was born there was a “household” pet dog, so when she was old enough and had her own home, it was natural that she got her first dog. Since that time. she has both competed and instructed competitive obedience and agility, very occasionally she will dip her toes into the world of breed showing (conformation).
Over the last two years, June has become fully qualified as a small animal veterinary physiotherapist (www.positivepawformance.co.uk), and as a FitPaws Master Trainer as well as a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer. June feels passionately about the welfare of dogs and about the CAM cause.
Level 3 in hydrotherapy for small animals, Diploma in Canine Studies, Advance certificate Veterinary physiotherapy and Clinical Education Certificate
Our canine companions have always had a special place in my heart. After spending almost 20 years within the office environment, I had a massive career change in 2003, giving up full time employment to setting up my business in canine hydrotherapy, which is when I found my true passion.
2001 saw my own border collie “Lady” having spinal surgery. She was my true companion, my little girl, and it is due to her that changed my career. As part of her recovery, I discovered canine hydrotherapy, not knowing anything about it then, I thought I was doing the best for her. On her very first session, I vowed that no one should go through what I went through as my little girl was so tired and over worked, it broke my heart to see her that way. So the search for how to change things started.
2002 saw the first step towards building my hydrotherapy pool, with my first course in Canine Hydrotherapy being completed in 2003.
2004 saw the opening of my business and my first veterinary referrals. The more I learnt, the more I realised that I need to develop and progress to offer more to our canine companions. In 2013 I qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist, completing my Clinical Education Certificate in 2015.
I truly love my work and have a real passion if offering our canine friends the best care possible.
David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons- Small Animal
Orthopedic Staff Surgeon,
Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM)
Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and Masters degree.
His research was focused on developing a model to evaluate oxidative stress on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. He also completed a biomechanical study looking at different knotting techniques to for cruciate rupture. To remain on the cutting edge of research, Dr. Dycus holds an appointment on the research committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery and numerous other veterinary and human orthopedic journals.
Dr. Dycus has a strong passion for orthopedics and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in helping patients with arthritis along with fracture mechanics and joint problems. He is trained in the use of arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, regenerative medicine, as well as a number of orthopedic procedures for the treatment of ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus received his stem cell certification in 2010, and he became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015. Currently Dr. Dycus practices orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM). He is the co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute (VSMRI), an online veterinary rehabilitation learning platform. In addition he is the founder and CEO of Dycus Veterinary Consulting
Jodi is a human health care professional (a pharmacist) who has practiced across various settings (clinical, academic, industry, consulting) over the course of her 25-year career, primarily in oncology. She learned quite a lot about canine osteoarthritis and pain management when her dog’s orthopedic health was declining. And, even though he has passed on, she is still learning and now applying some of the principles (such as maintaining lean body weight and exercising in a routine controlled fashion) to her two young orthopedically sound pups in hopes of mitigating risk and improving their longevity. Jodi is enthusiastically volunteering some of her time to CAM to try to help other dogs and their owners who are going through similar experiences to the one that she and her dearly departed dog had.
Graphic & Web Designer
Tania is a graphic and web designer with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Living and running a design consultancy in the Scottish Borders with her husband while wrangling two hyperactive Border Collies Talisker and Nevis.
In her spare time she enjoys Fitpaws and competing in dog agility with her younger mad collie Nevis, who she struggles to keep up with. “we’re both very much novices, but find it great fun!” Craig acts as chief caravan driver and dog groom!
Talisker, was in his second year of agility competition when diagnosed with early onset arthritis when he was only 6. Two years on, a chance meeting with Hannah at their local vets in February gave Tania the chance to say thank you for all the information that was available to her through CAM website and Facebook to help manage Talisker’s ongoing condition as effectively as possible.
Now she’s delighted to have the chance to put her own skills to use and give something back by helping the wonderful CAM team with their graphics work.
BSc Hons Animal Therapy
Ashleigh has wanted to work with animal her entire life and has been studying towards this since school. After attending Hartpury college where she completed a pre-veterinary programme, she became interested in the movement of dogs and decided to attend Writtle university to train as an animal therapist, where she has only recently graduated. She is currently continuing her training in thermal imaging and photo-therapy for dogs, showing a particular interest in the effect of restraints on their movement. When she is not working or studying, she will be back home with her family in Swindon, her six-year-old German Shepherd and blind hamster.
Having worked as a veterinary assistant in an emergency vets for a year, Ashleigh began working with Hannah and instantly wanted to be a part of the CAM team. She will be
working alongside the team to coordinate events and aid with the setting up of arthritic clinics within veterinary practices.
UI/UX designer & Front-end developer
Romny is a UI/UX designer and Front-end developer who joined the team working as support for the CAM web environment. He lives in the center of the Caribbean, in Dominican Republic, where the summer always lives. A car lover that uses his free time to discover new places in the city and conquer dungeons on the internet.
Final year student Masters' in Veterinary Physiotherapy (MNAVP)
Equine Energy Bodyworker (EEBW)
From a young age I’ve always wanted to work with animals and a career as a Veterinary Physiotherapist I knew I had found my calling! I have a horse called Sheamus and my partner and I have a dog called Arthur- both keep us entertained and on our toes! I look forward to writing lots of articles and offering advice where I can as part of the fantastic CAM team!
level 7 Veterinary Physiotherapist AdvCertVPhys, FDSc, BA (Hons), MIRVAP, MRAMP
Following a career in architecture and many years of wanting to become a veterinary physiotherapist, I finally bit the bullet and qualified in 2015. Following a couple of years working within a small animals practice as an animal care assistant, I was able to combine my knowledge and experience to start up my own business.
My life began with animals, with starting to ride horses from the moment I could stand. It also involved many dogs, my first family dog being diagnosed with diabetes and went blind at a young age. I guess my love for animals started from here. I grew up part-taking in pony club activities and becoming part of a successful Prince Philip Cup team and this progressed to me showing horses at county level with many successes including Longines Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show. Alongside this, my dogs became a large part of my life and this became more apparent with my first dog,who was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at the young age of 18 months. This made me sit up and look at how I could help my dog through her life with minimal pain and there lay the start of my career. I now have a dog that teaches me so much every day, plus has introduced me into the agility world. So my veterinary physiotherapy qualification has come in handy, with aging horses and active dogs!
BVMS MRCVS MSc
CAM Behaviour Adviser
I graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2013, shortly after this I moved to County Durham to start work in a busy small animal practice where I enjoyed dealing with pain management cases and behaviour problems. I then headed back to Glasgow to work in the Scottish SPCA vet clinic in 2016 where my strong feelings about welfare and quality of life became even stronger. I have had an interest in animal behaviour for a number of years and have undertaken a variety of animal behaviour courses, and then completing my Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln in October 2018.
My interest has been fuelled by several rescue Collies, each providing me with different challenges! At the moment I am working as vet part time in Cumbria whilst getting my behaviour consultancy business off the ground. I am particularly interested in the links between pain and behaviour, dog-owner communication and developing methods of low stress handling. I am currently owned by 2 Collies, a Labrador and 2 gorgeous moggies. We love spending time exploring the countryside with our canine friends (including my Mum’s black Cocker, Jasper!), nothing makes me happier than seeing my gang running around the hills together!