Vav has been healing since she can remember being on her uncle's farm as a little girl. While the other children were asked to find the chicken's eggs or clean the horses' tack, she would be given the broken animals to fix. "She's got the way with her", they said.
Ever since, she has had horses, dogs and cats of her own. Usually, they would find
their own way to her -
She trained in massage and then chiropractic to become a freelance professional. She rapidly became known for her direct manner and her answer to skepticism about natural therapies from both owners and professionals.
Some of the secrets of Vav's success lie in her use of all her senses, her long experience of the 'situations' that develop with animals, and her acute understanding of the animals themselves.
Vav was brought up with animals – there was always a dog in the house, and she got
her own when her children arrived. She was first sat on a horse at the age of 18
months, learned to ride at two and was riding independently at four. She competed
She has practiced on the Isle of Wight over the last fourteen years, successfully developing her own visiting chiropractic business. She is a fully trained, qualified and registered chiropractor working with both humans and animals. She has occupied senior positions in the national committees of her two professional associations. For years, she lectured, tutored and examined on the course that trained her (the only one in the Northern Hemisphere).
She also works closely with senior colleagues in other disciplines – for instance, she has contributed to the effort to overhaul the law on Complementary Health treatments for animals, as organised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She was invited to give the first lecture on healing at the annual conference of the vets Natural Therapies Association.
Vav always wants to improve the service available to animals. From research, she discovered that hydrotherapy works wonders for dogs in a variety of situations. After two years of successful hydrotherapy work, she had to close the facility because it was not paying for itself, and she refused to compromise her standards of excellence by cutting corners. It is such a shame, as it exceeded her expectations as a therapy, but it just could not be justified.
Still most concerned about the welfare of the animal, Vav continues to provide chiropractic for dog and walker, horse and rider, pet and owner. With all this experience, it is no wonder that most people hear about her from a friend or another owner. Time after time, a new pet arrives with it's owner in tow, who says "I heard about you from a friend, then someone else told me about you, and then I saw an article/website/newspaper report that mentioned you..."