Laura Burnham BSc (Hons) Equine Science, MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, MNAVP
Laura is a fully qualified veterinary physiotherapist and member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists. She trained with the highly regarded veterinary physiotherapist Halina Tombs and now provides her own veterinary physiotherapy care for both equine and canine patients.
Laura uses manual physiotherapeutic techniques such as massage, myofascial release, passive joint mobilisation and stretching, along with electrotherapies. Where appropriate, Laura also prescribes remedial exercise.
Laura studied at Hartpury College followed by Writtle University College to gain a BSc (Hons) Equine Science before going on to be awarded an MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, the highest level of training within the veterinary physiotherapy field. Laura studied equine and canine advanced functional anatomy, biomechanics and gait evaluation, pathophysiology of injury and disease, physiotherapeutic techniques, rehabilitation and remedial exercise. Her MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy disertation compared the effect of photobiomodulation, H-Wave device stimulation and sham treatment on equine muscle nociception. Furthermore, Laura has been trained in the theory, practice and safe use of low level lasers, with specific reference to equine applications.
Laura is passionate about animal health and is always looking to further her knowledge and keep up to date with the latest scientific research by regularly attending courses, demonstrations and continued professional development.
Laura has been within the equestrian world from a young age and has progressed from Pony Club, working on dressage and eventing yards and assisting with veterinary physiotherapy treatment on Thoroughbred racehorses in training. Through observing the management and training of horses for different disciplines, Laura has subsequently gained invaluable experience of the demands and stresses on the musculoskeletal system of equine athletes and the need for physiotherapy to support the horse in order to remain competition fit. Furthermore, Laura has gained an in depth understanding of the limitations of the dressage, eventing, and Thoroughbred racing industry.
Laura has also always had a great interest in canine health, and having worked within an equine and small animal veterinary clinic has gained invaluable experience of surgical treatment and how physiotherapy can be used effectively pre and post-operatively to reduce pain, enhance tissue healing and optimise the restoration of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal function. Laura has a particular passion for treating gun dogs.
When at home Laura enjoys looking after and training her two horses, Welham a 13 year old sport horse gelding and Henrietta a 8 year old sport horse mare, for dressage.
MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Equine Science
The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists
Laura is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists.
Members of NAVP are required to:
Have qualified via a recognised accredited training programme.
Carry appropriate professional and public liability insurance.
Work closely with veterinarians on cases in accordance with current legislation.
Work within a professional code of conduct and ethics.
Maintain and enhance their skills post-qualification by completing appropriate programmes of CPD annually in order to be able to maintain their membership status.