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Royal Vet College first for veterinary physiotherapy

A NEW academic year at The Royal Veterinary College sees the appointment of the first dedicated lecturer in Veterinary Physiotherapy in the country.

This new role will involve supervisory responsibility for both clinical and academic physiotherapy within the College.

Tracy Cook, 40, has been appointed and was one of the first MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy students to graduate from the college this summer. Tracy is a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, a State Registered Practitioner, and a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT). She has been a practitioner in physiotherapy for both dogs and horses for the past ten years.

‘This new role is certainly a UK and international first’, says Tracy, commenting on her new appointment, ‘there is no other lectureship post in any other veterinary school which requires a qualified physiotherapist. I am very keen to promote and advance the use of physiotherapy as a mainstream treatment with veterinary medicine, and I see my new position as providing the ideal opportunity to do that.’

As well as supervising Veterinary Physiotherapy research, Tracy will be responsible for developing The Royal Veterinary College’s first in-house clinical physiotherapy service. She anticipates that demand for this new service will grow as the benefits of animal physiotherapy become substantiated by clinical research.

Tracy freely admits that the combine academic and clinical roles will be a challenge, but it is a prospect she is clearly relishing. As she says, ‘It’s not every day one has the opportunity to act as a pioneer and champion for the physiotherapy profession, and to be able to do so at a College as well-respected as The Royal Veterinary College, makes it even more of a privilege.