Stella finds a caring new owner

February 2019

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Writtle University College lecturer rescues abandoned Bulldog and gives her loving new home.

Claire Styles, a Veterinary Physiotherapy lecturer at Writtle, adopted the six-year-old abandoned rescue dog Stella with hopes of giving her the forever home she deserves.

Stella, the Victorian Bulldog was found abandoned by Newham Council last year and was brought into Dogs Trust, a well-known animal welfare charity, in hope of finding her a permanent loving home. On Stella's arrival at the Basildon centre, it was thought that sadly she had been previously used as a breeding dog. She was also diagnosed with some joint pathologies that needed specialist management.

Claire Styles, who specialises in animal chiropractic's, and teaches on the MVetPhys and Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation programmes at Writtle University College, adopted Stella in December 2018 with hope of being able to give her the rehabilitation that she needed.

Claire said: "It was thought that Stella would be suitable for me as she has a number of joint issues that need management with therapy and rehabilitation, therefore as a therapist myself I'm qualified to manage these going forward".

"Stella also benefits from taking part in the 4th year Veterinary Physiotherapy clinical practice modules where students have access to our hydrotherapy suite amongst a host of other equipment that benefit Stella in her rehabilitation".

Stella has also become a familiar and loved face at Writtle amongst students and staff, where she has taken centre stage in practical sessions for modules such as Functional Anatomy, Rehabilitation and Performance, Massage Therapy and Remedial Exercise.

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