Writtle University College launches Canine Clinic

February 2020

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Writtle University College (WUC) in Essex has launched an exciting new service for the local community. The Canine Clinic's official opening took place on Wednesday 19th February and will offer care for working and pet dogs. Run by an experienced team of veterinary physiotherapists, the clinic will support animals with conditions such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, obesity, osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), fibrotic myopathy and many more.

Sessions have been gradually introduced over the last few months, and the clinic already had a wide array of clients including Baloo, a medal-winning former police dog who needed support and rehabilitation after losing a leg in the line of duty.

Lauren Hunt, Writtle Canine Clinic Co-Ordinator, said: "Our Canine VetPhysio team was very excited to publically launch our physiotherapy and hydrotherapy services. Our facilities allow students to observe real life cases and gain valuable industry experience, whilst providing an outstanding service for our local community. We treat all kinds of cases from pets, to agility and police dogs and we love the diversity it brings to our role."

Local veterinary practices were welcomed to the clinic's opening event. More than 20 professionals benefited from an evening of free CPD talks and a tour and demonstration of the facilities. Jade Terry discussed Physiotherapy for the Senior Canine Patient. Rachael McCooey, a guest speaker from Companion Vet Products, discussed Stance Analysis and Lasers to support the veterinary sector.

The clinic features state-of-the-art equipment, including a hydrotherapy pool and an underwater treadmill. WUC's experienced professional staff are assisted by students studying towards their Integrated Masters Veterinary Physiotherapy. The innovative four year programme of study allows students to progress through a high quality course at undergraduate level directly into a fourth year at masters level. It is currently the only veterinary physiotherapy course in the UK that enables direct entry to both the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) and the Animal Health Professions' Register (AHPR) at graduation.

Jade Terry, Head of Canine Physiotherapy of Writtle University College commented: "Not only are we well placed to support dogs within Essex and beyond, the Canine Clinic will offer our students hands-on, practical experience under expert supervision."