Sue has always had a special interest in horses and she qualified as a vet from Bristol University in 1983. After many years in equine practice she was introduced to acupuncture by her medical colleagues after experiencing a riding injury that became progressively more debilitating, despite the best of medical care. After 4 years of chronic, severe neck pain that was not helped by painkillers, treatment with acupuncture was so effective that within 3 months she was virtually pain free.
Following this experience, Sue joined The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and enrolled on a one year course to study acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in depth. In 2000 she passed the written and practical Diploma examinations and was certified as a veterinary acupuncturist.
This was just the start of her interest in holistic medicine which encompasses complementary therapies that include acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, physiotherapy, herbal medicine and healing. These treatments are frequently integrated into her work to complement conventional veterinary medicine.
More recently Sue enrolled on a 5 module chiropractic course with the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC). In September 2011 she passed the written and practical examinations of both the IAVC and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and is now able to include chiropractic as part of her daily work. Since 2014 Sue has been an instructor for the equine practicals of the IAVC Basic course held at the Anglo-Eourpean College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. Sue has now completed all of the Advanced Course modules that take place in Germany and also trained in Equine Myofascial Release Techniques.
Sue’s work on the use of Electroacupuncture to treat Headshaking in Horses was recently published in Equine Veterinary Education, a journal of the British Equine Veterinary Association published in association with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (July 2017).
Sue lives and works in the Salisbury area where she accepts referrals for acupuncture and chiropractic. Her special interest is the recognition and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain in horses and ponies.
She is the author of the best-selling book 'The Veterinary Care of the Horse'.