2017 year in review (and January 2018!)

Happy new year! I meant to post this sooner than February… :/ but anyway!

2017 was a weird year, thinking about it I thought I hadn’t really achieved that much but writing it down it wasn’t that bad!

  • First big thing – leaving Covance – I left the job I had been doing for the last 11 years in January 2017, it was really scary but I knew that it was no longer for me. With helping out at hydrotherapy I knew I wanted to do something with animals (and I wasn’t getting any younger!) so I took a leap and I haven’t looked back.  I have to say to anyone thinking of going for a career change take a look at Career Shifters they have loads of free resources and advice and really helped me working things out.
  • Starting work at a vets – I started working as a Nursing assistant in February. I really loved the animal contact but unfortunately there wasn’t enough of it, I was put on reception more than I would have liked and so I decided that it wasn’t working out as I had hoped. All the nurses and vets were amazing and I still take Poppi there for treatment. I left there in October.
  • I was able to go back to Carlton Hydrotherapy shortly after and now have regular part time hours doing what I love! 🙂 and I also finished my course meaning I am now qualified!
  • Aswell as career changes there were trips!  DISNEYLAND PARIS! Camping trips to Blackpool and Wales, and a weekend in Toulouse with friends.

So, trying to be positive about 2018 and looking forward to more challenges and lots more dogs!


Happy 2018 everyone! 


Updates, Updates, Updates!

Hey, its been awhile and I have quite a lot to update you on. First of all, I have completed the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and am a qualified hydrotherapist! I can’t believe I actually did it!


I went down to Hawksmoor October 2016 and completed 2 weeks of the course and then had to complete the large amount of coursework after that, which took the time! I can’t recommend Hawksmoor enough for their great course and all the help and support they have given me.



Secondly, I quit my CRO job in February 2017, I just couldn’t do it anymore as much as I loved most of the work and people (haha) it just wasn’t for me anymore. I then started working at a local vets as a nursing assistant. I really enjoyed the nursing side of working there but there were quite a few aspects I didn’t enjoy as much such as being on reception and phones which at the time I joined were part of my role. I got pretty stressed out after quite a hectic week and it just went abit downhill from there…. and I left in October. The team were great and I learnt so much just wasn’t what I thought it would be.

So, what now?

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Starting work experience – progress

I started work experience at Carlton hydrotherapy on the 28th May, the girls have been lovely to work with and great at answering my endless questions! As I am not trained I have mostly been helping with getting the dogs ready, cleaning and doing paperwork but i have been learning from observing sessions. I do feel like my confidence has a way to go but I am hoping if I can learn the theory from the course this will help! I am really liking it there, the dogs make it all worthwhile!

They have a range of clients there, from dogs with long term conditions such as spondylosis to injury rehabilitation and even some fun swimmers that come to keep fit! These are the obviously the funnest but it is really motivating to see a dog who struggles on land really swim in the pool with a better or full range of movement.

One of the hydrotherapists gave me some of her course materials to look, at and I really hope that I can be good at this! I think I am going to try enrol next week on the course.

Also, I have been looking around to change my job, I thought I could stay where I was (money is good!) until I completed the course next year but I am struggling with motivation for the job and everyday I sit at my desk its more of a struggle. I have applied for a veterinary reception position at a Vets in Harrogate, I am not sure I will get it but if I don’t apply then I definitely won’t! Fingers crossed!



On Sunday (19th June) we packed up Poppi and travelled to hesire for Dogsfest north. Organised by Noel Fitzpatrick (The Supervet) to raise awareness for his charity Humanimal Trust and just a fun day out for all dogs!


We had a great day, Poppi got to meet lots of new friends including a few Bassets! There were lots of great stalls including charities and shopping. We treated Poppi to a new collar and bandana from Ditsy pet, we might get the lead to match aswell from the website! 😀

She also got a free bandana from the Groom Room (groomers part of Vets4pets) so cute!

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Hydrotherapy Training

To become a Canine hydrotherapist you need to complete a course with modules on canine/feline first aid, pool water management, hydrotherapy theory, and canine anatomy and physiology. I assumed that you needed to be veterinary trained to be ale to do the training but you don’t, if you are already a veterinarian or veterinary nurse you can be excluded from some of the modules as you will have already completed similar.

ABC Awards provide an accredited Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals. This qualification is offered by a number of hydrotherapy centres across the country.

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First blog post – a change

Welcome to my Blog – Hydrotherapy and Me. This is my journey to retrain and become a canine hydrotherapist.

First of all, abit more about me. I currently work at a large CRO and have done for the last 10 years, I don’t know where the time has gone! I’ve always loved animals and have owned a few dogs over the years, and would love to work with dogs. I always thought I had left it too late (I’m currently 32) to retrain and follow this dream, I had my career and that was that. While I don’t dislike my current job I feel like I need a change!

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