The inception of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association, then based in Germany, in 2004, ran by a Managing Committee of Vets and Chiropractors, and then through the initial huge growth years, saw me being elected onto the Managing Committee in 2006, through to 2011. This role involved set up and implementation of CPD for the members; setting up and implementation of education standards, and the subsequent school accreditation process internationally; organising and promoting the AGM and CPD weekend once per year, as well as the day to day running of the association, alongside my busy practice!
The one role that excited me with the IVCA was being Head Of Clinical Research for 4 years. I have applied successfully for 2 research grants from the IVCA, and overseen 4 other applications for some amazing research in this field. It was a difficult task to motivate the membership to consider Research, however it is one of my big passions. My first piece of research was for Chiropractic and Diary Cows: Does chiropractic affect the somatic cell count and Milk yield for Diary Cows. The answer was an over-riding yes! The second research project is on the gait analysis on dogs before and after chiropractic treatment, with a blind study too. This is still in the analysis phase and will be ready to progress forward soon.
I met a Veterinarian called Rachel Mowbray, based in Dursley, Gloucestershire. She had brought her little dog Meg in to see me for a chiropractic check up. She and I initiated a change of focus of my animal chiropractic career, and I soon started working for Vale Vets on a regular basis. This is a big referral hospital, and the knowledge base that this opened up and created for me was vast. I was working on a weekly basis with Rachel in Vale Vets, and the focus was originally on sporting dogs, and then other vets started to refer into us, and we became the go to place for all the chronic lame cases or cases where local vets just didn’t have enough knowledge or time to investigate properly.