Midlands Veterinary Physiotherapy was founded by Hannah Haskew: a veterinary physiotherapist, McTimoney practitioner, and equine sports massage therapist based in Derbyshire. Whilst animals of all kinds have always played a significant part in Hannah's life, her main love has always been horses. As soon as she finished her A levels, she qualified as a BHSAI instructor with the British Horse Society and then went on to graduate with a first class BSc Honours degree in Equine Sports Science. Hannah's undergraduate research won the prestigious national Eqvalan Thesis of the Year competition and she subsequently presented the findings at the National Equine Forum, held at the Royal Veterinary College in London.
Hannah has an extensive practical background with horses, having been an owner herself, and having worked on eventing, show jumping, and dressage yards from grass roots right up to Olympic level throughout that early stage of her career. This background in competitive sport, training and teaching has enabled her to understand the problems riders may face with their horses at all levels and abilities, and practical experience of the importance of correct biomechanics and training principles now provides invaluable backup to her therapeutic skills.
It was following her equine sports science degree and whilst working with these athletes, particularly elite dressage horses, that Hannah really became interested in the benefits of physical therapies. That was the start of over 8 years of further focused study, and she has been lucky enough to have been trained by some of the world's leading vets and clinicians in their specialist areas of expertise.
Hannah holds two post-graduate qualifications, both passed with distinction. She graduated jointly from the University of Wales and the McTimoney College of Chiropractic (MCC) with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Animal Manipulation, winning the prize for academic achievement in her graduating year from the MCC. She was then amongst the first cohort of students to study a Post-Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy from Harper Adams University, later returning to complete her full Master's degree with a research project investigating the effects of proprioceptive kinesiotaping on equine hindlimb kinematics.
In addition, Hannah has trained extensively in sports massage therapy as a level III Equine Body Worker with Equinenergy. She has taken the vast majority of their many courses, including advanced sports massage techniques, biomechanics, and neuromuscular rehabilitation, as well as further specialist training in myofascial release, acupressure, and craniosacral techniques.
Hannah now has over seventeen years of experience in the treatment of horses and believes in trying to give something back to people wishing to follow in her footsteps. Since 2012, alongside running her own practice she has been involved in the training of new practitioners as both an accredited clinical educator and a placement provider for veterinary physiotherapy degree students. Prior to that she was involved in the clinical training on the McTimoney Animal Manipulation MSc, and has also hosted many lecture-demonstrations on different aspects of equine therapies and rehabilitation to other university and college students.
Hannah continues to constantly further her own education, and is a registered member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists, the McTimoney Animal Association, and the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy. She is professionally regulated by both the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) and the Animal Health Professions' Register (AHPR), all providing reassurance of the rigorous standard of her qualifications and her commitment to providing the highest 'gold standard' level of care to your horses.