ABOUT

Caroline Lindsay BSc(Hons) MSFC PGCert. AdvCertVPhys. CertEdVPT MMSFCSoc. MIRVAP MRAMP is a UK based RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners) registered Veterinary Physiotherapist whose training is underpinned by a First Class Honours Degree that qualified her to treat human patients first. She is a qualified trainer of Veterinary Physiotherapy and runs regular Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses for equine therapists in the UK and in Europe which address horse, rider and saddle asymmetry. Caroline has 19 years' professional experience combining manual and electrotherapy techniques with rehabilitative exercise programmes and is also a Master Saddle Fitting Consultant (MSFC) and Training Manager for MSFConnection . She has a special interest in evaluating and resolving asymmetry in the horse-saddle-rider combination.

Caroline runs a Facebook Group: Learn Equine Therapy Rehabilitation Techniques where equine therapists from around the world discuss current issues in Equine Therapy as part of their ongoing Continued Professional Development.

The sister group is Learn Saddle Fitting Resource

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Certificate of Education in Veterinary Physiotherapy Training (CertEdVPT). Lecture and Practical Session Delivery Techniques; Active and Passive Learning; Developing Effective Learning Programmes; Formulating Learning Objectives; Barriers to Learning; Educational Risk Assessment;  Working with the Disability Discrimination Act; Student Learning Styles; Effective Powerpoint Presentations;   Developing Valid Assessment Methods.
  • Master Saddle Fitting Consultant. Masters Level Vocational Postgraduate Diploma with Dr Gerry Van Oossanen. 750 hours study endorsed by the Utrecht University School of Veterinary Science.  Anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of equine and rider; training, nutrition and other management influences on welfare, performance and saddle fit; conformation relating to discipline and saddle fit; pathology, including back and lameness checks and saddle/rider influences on pathology; correct back templating; tree and saddle construction, materials and fault finding – in English, Western, baroque, treeless and flexible treed;  assessment of saddle fit and balance; girthing for balance, freedom of movement and horse comfort; use of therapeutic pads and remedial saddle fitting; bit and bridle assessment and fitting.
  • Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy (AdvCertVPhys) Level 7 Canine and Equine Anatomy; Gait Analysis; Physical Testing; Treatment Goal Setting; Clinical Rehabilitation; Electrotherapies; Soft Tissue Manipulation; Exercise Prescription.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Animal Health (PGCert) Level 7  Equine and Canine Functional Anatomy, Pathophysiology, Clinical Assessment: Palpation and Gait Analysis, Clinical Evaluation; Research.
  • First Class Honours Degree (BSc Hons) in Sports Therapy (human) Sports Biomechanics; Sports Injuries; Postural Analysis; Fitness Testing; Sports and Remedial Massage; Soft Tissue Release; Stress Point Therapy; Remedial Stretching; Sports Psychology; Health Psychology; performance enhancing 'Pre'habilitation and Clinical Rehabilitation of athletes from all sports disciplines.  Research field: Proprioception.
  • BTEC (Higher) Certificate Equine Athletic Performance, Structural Profiling and Rehabilitation taught by Chartered Physiotherapist, Jo Hodges Cert.Ed., LCSP, LSSM (Dip), BHS SM, author of 'The Equine Athlete'.   Modules: Anatomy, Rehabilitation, Electrotherapy, Exercise Therapy, Ground Schooling over Poles, Psychology and Behaviour, Structural Fitness, Injury Prevention and Saddle Fitting.   Distinction marks of above 90% in each module.   Awarded the Wilfred Shirley Trophy as recognition of having been the student who made the greatest contribution to the course.

TRAINING

  • Successful completion of the Equine Veterinary Nursing module which forms part of the veterinary nursing degree course at the Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire.
  • Trained in Human and Equine Myofascial Release by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay PT, CMT, author of 'Facilitated Healing Through Myofascial Release'.
  • Trained in Equine Musculoskeletal Adjusting by leading American animal chiropractor, Dr Daniel Kamen DC, author of 'The Well Adjusted Horse'.
  • Trained in Equine Spinal Dysfunction: Motor Control and Functional Mobilisation/Core Strengthening Techniques by Dr Nicole Rombach of Equinenergy'. Spinal joint mobilisation, ROM, biomechanics, mechanoreception, nociception, function/dysfunction, neuromotor control, dynamic functional stability, muscle activation, proprioceptive faciliation, rehabilitation/conditioning/training.
  • Trained to Advanced Level and ‘Beyond’ in Jock and Ivana Ruddock's Equine Touch soft tissue techniques.
  • Trained in Dry Needling Techniques by Dr. Christopher Norris PhD for Sports Therapy UK at the University of Bedfordshire.

TEACHING

Caroline has gained the unique award of CertEd VPT, taught by a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an institute which advises Universities and Colleges on sound, effective teaching practices, committed to ensuring that students of Higher Education reach their full academic potential.

Formulated specifically for Veterinary Physiotherapy professionals, the CertEd VPT course content was comprehensive and students were assessed on their practical session skills as well as on the art of formulating valid assessment questions and lecturing.

Topics covered were:

  • Risk Assessment for student practical sessions to ensure that students are kept safe while working with animals and within laboratories.
  • Applying the Disability Discrimination Act to practical training so that physically compromised students and those with a wide variety of learning impairments could get as much from the learning experience as other students.
  • Appreciation of multi-sensual Student Learning Styles Active and Passive learning techniques to ensure that lecture content is fully assimilated by all students.
  • Self-Reflection and Portfolio development so as to enhance learning and then record personal achievement.
  • Development of effective learning programmes to ensure that course content is presented logically to students over time.
  • Formulating learning aims, objectives and outcomes to ensure that teaching material is not only relevant but presented effectively and within the given lesson time frame.
  • Exploring barriers to learning to be able to identify problems potentially holding students back from achieving their academic goals.
  • Writing effective PowerPoint presentations and delivering stimulating lectures and practical sessions to fully facilitate learning.
  • Developing valid assessment methods to test student recall efficiently and meaningfully.