We are so pleased to have Felicity Rodriguez – BSc (Hons), Mcsp, PgDip (Vet Phys), ACPAT CATA helping us with our injured or elderly pets at Horsebridge Vets.
Felicity qualified in 2006 as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of Brighton. Her career started working as a physiotherapist in the NHS gaining experience in musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedic post op rehabilitation, amputees and neuro rehabilitation, gaining a good basic grounding in physiotherapeutic treatments and rehabilitation. As a senior she has developed her skills to treat clients with neurological conditions and now specialises in paediatric physiotherapy.
As well as working with equines, Felicity has a passion for small animal rehabilitation and fitness. She has advanced skills in the treatment of small animals specialising in the post operative rehabilitation, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation and treating a variety of common musculoskeletal conditions.
Felicity now splits her time to enable her to treat both human and animal clients and as a Veterinary Physiotherapist she adheres to the regulations and standards of her profession and has specific professional and public liability insurances. She works closely with the Veterinary specialists to provide the highest standard of care for your animal. All animals are assessed only with Veterinary referral or consent.
Orthopaedic and Surgical conditions
Congenital problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, and cruciate disease are common in canines. These conditions can cause pain and loss of function reducing the dog’s quality of life. Physiotherapy can help to manage pain, and provide exercise programs designed to help the dog improve and maintain function.
Following surgery due to orthopaedic or neurological conditions physiotherapy can help in the rehabilitation process. Early physiotherapy intervention following orthopaedic surgery in the dog is indicated to enhance recovery (Monk et al 2006) and rehabilitation following surgery has been shown to be beneficial to restore normal function.
Rehabilitation includes regaining or maintaining function by improving muscle strength, joint awareness sense, and giving advice and guidance to owners to manage their animal’s rehabilitation.
The Older Dog
Physiotherapy can help with dogs with conditions commonly suffered with older age such as arthritis. Physiotherapy can help with restoring movement at joints, pain relief, building muscle strength and improving quality of life.
Conditions can be managed so that your dog can continue an active healthy life.
Practice Opening Times
Monday-Friday: 8.30am to 7.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 2.00pm except Bank Holidays
Monday-Friday: 9.30am to 10.30am, 11.30am to 12.30pm, 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 12.00pm
OUT OF HOURS Please contact Sussex Coast Vets
The surgery is based in Lower Horsebridge with superb car parking facilities. Access is very easy from all locations in the Lewes, Uckfield, Polegate, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Heathfield and Herstmonceux areas, as we are only ½ mile from the Boship roundabout.