Jade Terry, a Veterinary Physiotherapy lecturer at Writtle adopted a one-and-a-half year old rescue dog called Charlie that needed a double hip replacement.
Charlie the Labrador, Siberian Husky Cross was recently diagnosed with Bilateral Hip Dysplasia, a genetic disorder which is a condition of the hip joint that causes swelling, pain, stiffness, limping, and eventually arthritis. This meaning that he needed a double hip replacement. Charlie is currently recovering from having his right hip replaced last month, and will be having his second hip replacement surgery next year.
Jade Terry, who specialises in Canine Veterinary Physiotherapy, and teaches on the MVETPHYS programme and the Postgraduate MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy programme, is rehabilitating him herself and says that "Charlie is recovering well and has already been started on a rehabilitation programme involving Hydrotherapy and Physio Therapy, where he is making great progress, putting on 8cm of muscle mass in just 7 weeks!"
Jade also explained how Charlie's procedure has been a beneficial learning experience for the students, as in their final clinical year they have been involved in his rehabilitation, allowing them to see an acute case directly after surgery.
We are hoping to catch up with Charlie's story in a few months' time to see how he is getting on with his recovery process!