Student Profile

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Kirsty Manvell

Graduated: BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy
Nationality: British
Occupation: Canine and Equine body worker

Why did you choose to study at Writtle University College?
I chose to study at Writtle College for many reasons. The first was because they were the only college to do a specific equine sports therapy degree which focuses more on the therapy side which is what I was interested in.

Secondly the atmosphere of the college was amazing compared to other unis I had visited. I felt as though I was becoming part of a family which certainly happened.

Finally, the setting of the college. Amazing grounds and situated in country side with the town a few minutes’ drive away. Exactly what I wanted.

What does Writtle University College mean to you?
My time at Writtle was probably the best 3 years of my life. I have amazing times, made great friends that I have made for life. The lecturers were always willing to help and the lectures were interesting and informative.

What did you particularly enjoy about your course?
The course focused on the therapy side so there was always demonstrations to help teach us how to identify the problems a therapist would usually see. The course always opened your mind to new modalities that could be used. I also really enjoyed carrying out my dissertation even if it was hard work. My tutor Sue Tracey always encouraged me and helped me throughout my dissertation and the result I received were great. This gave me great satisfaction and the sense of achievement.

My Career Path
The sports therapy degree helped me a lot in my Equine body worker as it helped with understand problems that horses would get and ones that may not be so common.

My Current Job
Canine and Equine body worker (CCBW + EEBW). I have also travelled to Norway where I have treated both dogs and horses and worked for Pets at Home.

Future Plans
I am currently saving to carry out a postgraduate degree but in the mean time I have been doing other courses. At the moment I am currently studying an animal aromatherapy course. I will also be doing more courses with Equinenery to further my equine therapy and to be able to give my clients the best for their animals.