Hi, I'm Sophie, owner and hydrotherapist
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1998 and have been a registered VN ever since. I have worked many years in specialist referral hospitals taking care of patients with neurological conditions caused by IVVD, FCE, infections and autoimmune pathologies. I have cared for patients following spinal surgeries, specialised orthopaedic procedures and soft tissue surgeries.
I took an interest in hydrotherapy after my own Labrador
developed complications following spinal surgery and later developed osteoarthritis, he responded so well to swimming and loved every second of it, it truly improved his quality of life and lengthened the time I had with him.
I had previously graduated in (human) chiropractic and although it was not a path for me to pursue it did evoke a keen interest in rehabilitative therapies and the importance of multimodal treatments. I still loved working with animals so trained and qualified with a Level 3 Cert in Small Animal Hydrotherapy in Feb 2018 and have continued my education to a Level 4 Award in Canine Hydrotherapy which includes Applied Aquatic Treadmill Techniques, Gait analysis & Behaviour
I have developed Forest Edge to be a safe environment to give owners and dogs confidence, to heal with fun and to carefully monitor the progress of each individual