Alison Pearce MChem (Oxon) PGDip VetPhys (Notts) MIRVAP (VP)
I am a life long dogaholic, passionate about animal welfare, and I started volunteering at a local rescue centre at a young age. After completing my first degree I spent 15 years working in rescue and rehoming charities, gaining extensive experience with dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, rabbits and other small pets. I am skilled at handling dogs and other animals who are nervous or aggressive, scared of handling, or in pain. I have personally fostered and adopted multiple rescue dogs, and I am an experienced dog trainer.
I am a canine massage specialist, having completed the two year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner course with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre. I studied Veterinary Physiotherapy for two years at the University of Nottingham, achieving a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction. This is a level 7 qualification and the highest level of training available in this field. I am now a full-time therapist, dedicated to achieving the best outcome for the animals I treat.
I am a full member of both IRVAP (Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists) and the Canine Massage Guild. I attend regular continuing professional development to increase my knowledge and keep my skills up to date.
I have competed in agility since 2005 with five different dogs, taking me from Elementary (now called Grade 1) to Grade 6, and qualifying for several national finals. My Border Collie, Herbie, qualified for the Novice Cup agility at Crufts in two consecutive years, and we finished second overall in 2018. I also have experience of many other dog activities including canicross, obedience, rally, scentwork and herding sheep.