I have loved dogs and animals all my life and have always found happiness being around them. When I was young I dreamed of being a veterinarian and helping animals in need. My decision to put off attending higher education after completing high school was the end of that and it wasn’t until my kids were grown that I started to focus on my own dreams again. I knew I needed a purpose and I was searching for way that I could still be involved in helping animals recover from injuries and give comfort to older and infirm animals. However pursuing a career as a veterinarian was no longer viable due to my age and the years needed to complete the required education.
Some time later, I heard about a hydrotherapy pool and the difference it was making for dogs recovering from orthopedic injuries, muscle and tendon damage and helping strengthen dogs suffering from a variety of debilitating conditions. It was like a giant light bulb lit up – I instantly knew this was to be my PURPOSE. I immediately contacted the owner of the pool and soon after I was volunteering regularly, learning the basics of swim therapy. After volunteering for a number of months and learning a great deal I made the decision to pursue further education and have since become both a Certified Small Animal Massage Therapist, and Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage Therapist (Northwest School of Animal Massage) and have a diploma in canine hydrotherapy. I believe the combination of both traditional massage based therapies and water based therapies give me an extensive tool set to develop effective recovery programs for dogs.
Dogs have made a huge difference in my life and this is my way of giving back. I was lucky enough to have my wonderful dog Rhyse who lived a full happy life until he was 18 years old, very capable and active right up till the day he passed. I also had a tripod border collie that had no idea he was missing a leg he was amazing and fit thanks to lots of hikes in the forest. Both these dogs have inspired me to help others with their animals.
Working with your veterinarian, I am hoping to give your dog, better quality of life through weight management, controlled exercise and massage, hydrotherapy and recovery sessions.
Ms. A. McDonald Dip CH, SARMT
- Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy from Greyfriars UK www.greyfriarsrehab.co.uk
- First Aid for Small Animals from Greyfriars UK.
- Certificate in Small Animal Foundation Massage Therapy (level 1) from North West School of Animal Massage www.nwsam.com
- Certificate in Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage Therapy (level 3) from North West School of Animal Massage www.nwsam.com
- Walked Paws Dog Walking 101 – Business and Equipment Module And Sabrina’s link is www.shakeapaw.dog