Horse and Dog Back Specialist - Jill Firth
Jill Firth is a horse and dog back specialist, having trained and qualified (November 2000) in chiropractic manipulation techniques with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic. Jill's qualification is the PostGraduate Diploma in Animal Manipulation awarded by the University of Wales in conjunction with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic. Over the 2-year course she studied such topics as: - Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, Neurology, Osteology, Arthrology, Pathology, Lameness and Gait and Biomechanics as well as practical palpation and adjustment skills. Jill's experience, together with her training and qualifications, has made her one of Yorkshire's leading equine therapists.
As part of her programme of study, Jill also had to complete a research Dissertation which had to be of a scientific, investigative nature. Her chosen topic was a field study on the effects of a leading joint nutraceutical on a sample of elderly horses suffering from arthritic joint stiffness.
Jill's work in the area of joint Nutraceuticals has been judged by a leading Equine Orthopaedic Surgeon as being of significant importance and she has been urged to present her findings at the next BEVA Congress and possibly the AAEP Conference in the USA. It has also been recommended that she continue and extend her research in the form of a PhD programme. At present there are many aspects of research that Jill is considering.
Her exam results, together with her mark for the research dissertation, resulted in her being awarded the Distinction Level (1st Class) qualification from the McTimoney Chiropractic College. "Distinction" level is only awarded to animal therapists with the very highest level of skill, knowledge and expertise and, being one of the very few to be granted this accolade, makes Jill very proud to be the first professionally trained and qualified McTimoney Animal Therapist in the whole of Yorkshire and surrounding counties.
Since these early days, the additional experience that Jill has gained working with some of Yorkshires most respected equine and canine vets, farriers, saddle fitters, hydrotherapists and physiotherapists has given her a unique insight and multi-disciplinary approach to solving your animals' problems.
Jill Firth has been involved with animals all her life - working with horses for over 20 years - and is trained to BHS Stage IV standard. Over the years, she has owned some 15 horses and ponies and competed on the County show circuit. See pictures of Jill's current horses. Through her "eye" for conformation and movement she has "discovered" many scruffy looking youngsters which, with her training and preparation, have gone on to be successful in many equestrian disciplines. Jill owned one of the top Large Show Hacks of the late 1980's, as well as many successful Show Ponies.
In addition, she has bred and shown Dalmatians, producing puppies which went on to stand in the top four at Crufts and has also trained dogs to advanced obedience level. She is a qualified lecturer in Animal Care, specialising in Training and Behaviour, Nutrition, Breeding and Equine Sports Science - the latter covering Exercise Physiology, Sports Injuries, Therapy and Rehabilitation.
It is hereby certified that
of MCTIMONEY CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE, OXFORD
has been granted the
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA in ANIMAL MANIPULATION
in November 2000
having been examined in accordance with
the Regulations of the University
SECRETARY GENERAL DESIGNATE