These case studies are chosen from the caseload of the Equine Therapy Centre, Hartpury College, our equine vet practice, Three Counties Equine Hospital and Cotswold Dog Spa, the canine hydrotherapy unit at Hartpury College. They demonstrate the use of complementary therapy, exercise, and the use of technology within the treatment and rehabilitation of various conditions. They highlight some of the many and varied career opportunities within veterinary practice and allied professions such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, hydrotherapy and farriery. According to UK law, animals must be seen by a veterinary surgeon in order that a diagnosis is obtained, prior to any subsequent treatment by a therapist. The examples within these case studies are all animals that required veterinary attention, and have been treated accordingly, with some benefitting from input from a therapist, farrier or both, and some requiring the services of companies or individuals providing technology to assist with either the diagnosis or treatment of the case. The aim is to give a ‘behind the scenes’ look at what it takes to bring animals back to full health, whilst highlighting some of the opportunities that are available to people interested in a career with animals. Being a vet is a challenging and rewarding career, but it is not the only path for someone wanting to use their education and skills to benefit animals. For example, research in veterinary and animal science progresses rapidly with new technology and techniques constantly under development (see the exercise testing and tendon injury pages). Researchers in areas such as biological and engineering science make huge contributions to both human and veterinary medicine without being ‘hands on’ in practice.
If you are considering a career in the veterinary profession or allied industries, you should find the links useful in helping you find more information about potential training. For those of you already studying at college or university on an animal or equine science course, we hope the information contained within the case studies will be useful. Each one contains some background information on the condition or subject in question, there are images and videos which illustrate each case study, and for those who want to study in more depth, there are reference lists with details of key academic texts and papers which provide useful background reading. There are even some key questions which you can have a go at to check your understanding and maybe develop your knowledge further. We hope you find something to spark your interest.
We are grateful to all our colleagues who have contributed to these pages: