Vav has been
healing since she can remember being on her uncle's farm as a little girl. While the other children
were asked to find the chicken's eggs or clean the horses' tack, she would be
given the broken animals to fix. "She's got the way with her", they said.
Ever since, she has had horses, dogs and cats of her own.
Usually, they would find their own way to her - needing care and healing, and would
She trained in massage and then chiropractic to become a freelance professional.
She rapidly became known for her direct manner and her answer to skepticism about natural therapies
from both owners and professionals.
Some of the secrets of Vav's success lie in her use of all her senses, her long experience of the 'situations' that develop with animals, and her acute understanding of the animals
Vav was brought up with
animals – there was always a dog in the house, and she got her own when her
children arrived. She was first sat on a horse at the age of 18months, learned
to ride at two and was riding independently at four. She competed in 3-day
events through Pony Club, and bought her first horse at 14. She was bringing on
horses to sell by the age of 15, having worked on her uncle’s farm breeding
Clydesdales and smaller family horses. She has been rider, groom, breeder, nurse
and rough-rider before becoming a therapist.
She has practiced on the Isle of Wight over the last
sixteen years, successfully developing her own visiting chiropractic business. She is a fully
trained, qualified and registered chiropractor working with both humans and animals. She
has occupied senior positions in the national committees of her two professional associations. For years, she lectured, tutored and examined on the
course that trained her (the only one in the Northern Hemisphere).
She also works closely with senior colleagues in other disciplines – for instance, she has contributed to the effort to overhaul the law on Complementary Health
treatments for animals, as organised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She was invited to give the first lecture on healing at the annual conference of the vets Natural Therapies Association.
Vav always wants to improve the service available to animals.
From research, she discovered that hydrotherapy works wonders for dogs in a
variety of situations. After two years of successful hydrotherapy work, she had
to close the facility because it was not paying for itself, and she refused to
compromise her standards of excellence by cutting corners. It is such a shame,
as it exceeded her expectations as a therapy, but it just could not be
Still most concerned about
the welfare of the animal, Vav continues to provide chiropractic for dog and
walker, horse and rider, pet and owner. With all this experience, it is no
wonder that most people hear about her from a friend or another owner. Time
after time, a new pet arrives with it's owner in tow, who says "I heard
about you from a friend, then someone else told me about you, and then I saw an
article/website/newspaper report that mentioned you..."
with the General Chiropractic Council, as required by the profession, renewed annually
Member of McTimoney Chiropractic Association, renewed annually
Past Chair of the Animal Sub-Committee, McTimoney Chiropractic Association, three terms
Member of Faculty of Animal Chiropractic, Royal College of Chiropractors, renewed annually
Committee Member, Faculty of Animal Chiropractic, Royal College of Chiropractors,
Vav has also trained and practiced as a
teacher, and holds the FETC qualification
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