A vet from Warwickshire has opened a new clinic specialising in pain management, rehabilitation and sports medicine.
Emma Poore graduated from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School in 2005 and moved straight into small animal practice, before launching The STAR Clinic in January 2015.
After working closely with a lot of older pets in small animal practice, Ms Poore said she developed an interest in chronic pain management and rehabilitation.
“I guess most of this was triggered by a desire to be able to help our older, more geriatric patients with arthritis,” she said.
“This so often becomes a significantly debilitating disease and I wanted to see if there was more I could be doing.
“I also have a chocolate Labrador retriever that had a ruptured cruciate at the age of four. After seeing how beneficial hydrotherapy was for my dog, I wondered if there was more I could be doing at home to continue the recovery and help keep my dog stronger, fitter and pain-free.
“Rehabilitation is such a great tool for increasing the speed of a patient’s recovery from injury, illness and surgery. “Humans are automatically referred for rehab – why aren’t our pets?”
Ms Poore trained with rehabilitation therapists and sports medicine clinicians in the US, is a member of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and also spent time in Belgium working alongside a leading canine physical therapist, Ellen Martens, specialising in neurological rehabilitation.
She is now one of only a small number of vets in the UK to hold the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist qualification.
“It’s taken four years of additional study to get here, but it has most definitely been worth the wait,” she said.
“One of our unique selling points now is we have a state-of-the-art Gait Analysis System.
“It can detect very subtle lameness that may not be visible to the eye, so it can be valuable in ensuring competition dogs are not carrying any low-grade chronic injuries.
“I see a lot of competition dogs – field trialists and agility mainly – and it seems more handlers are becoming aware of the need to ensure their dogs are kept at peak fitness to prevent injury, which is a great progression in terms of the overall well-being and health of their dogs.”
Ms Poore’s business partner is her mother, Nicky Poore, who has worked in education for 35 years. She also runs her own educational consultancy company, but said she is hoping to wind down and spend more time helping with the day-to-day running of the clinic.
For more information about the services offered, visit http://starclinicrehab.co.uk