The Face Behind the Business

Photo taken by Daydream Equine Art

Calli Charles, the founder of Vet Physio Phyle, is a level 6 qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist and also a member of regulatory body IRVAP. She has studied for three years at undergraduate level during which she established a social media blog to share her qualification journey.

Calli Charles – BSc (Hons) VPhys, MIRVAP(VP)

Calli’s passion began with horses at the age of six, participating in Pony Club events from a young age. Over the years she has accrued experience working on competition and livery yards, training with international dressage riders along the way. She has competed in dressage up to Elementary level, and is now producing her own imported PRE gelding called Meji.

Whilst studying for her A-Levels, Calli undertook a variety of work experience placements across small animal and equine veterinary practices. Calli had the privilege of spectating the ingenuity of many top veterinarians and veterinary nurses. As much as she became immersed in veterinary practice, she felt her passion lay with rehabilitative care.

Soon after Christmas in 2015, Calli’s beautiful tabby cat Louis suffered from a traumatic incident where his left forelimb was completely paralysed. Upon consultation with the emergency vets, reality struck; if the damaged nerves did not show signs of repairing on their own, amputation would be the untimely demise. Filled with sheer determination to keep Louis’ leg, Calli researched into veterinary physiotherapy… something she hadn’t heard of before. Calli started physiotherapy with Louis to encourage the use of the paralysed limb. Upon returning to the vets for a review, they were notably impressed with Louis’ clinical progression. Where the limb was being completely dragged before, Louis was now weight bearing.

It was this experience that highlighted Calli’s passion for prehabilitation and rehabilitation, directing Calli’s career from Veterinary Medicine to Veterinary Physiotherapy.

Qualifications

Qualified Kinesiology Taping Therapist since 2015.

Currently holding over 30 hours of Continued Professional Development and accruing more.

2:1 BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy

Extensive equine and small animal experience in both a leisure and veterinary setting.

I am passionate about promoting musculoskeletal health through a multimodal approach to treatment. I believe that owner communication, animal mentality and working as part of a wider professional team is fundamental to the most effective rehabilitation.

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