A young veterinary nurse in Kenilworth has realised her ambition of being able to treat sick animals with physiotherapy.

Poppy Carroll, a registered veterinary nurse with Avonvale Veterinary Centre in Birches Lane, has just qualified in animal physiotherapy.

“I always wanted to be qualified to help animals recover from operations or accidents in this way.

“Physiotherapy has been found to aid the recovery of pets who have undergone orthopaedic surgery. It helps to reduce pain, promote the healing process, increase and maintain muscle strength and flexibility. It improves mobility of joints, helps restore normal movement and increases cardiovascular fitness,” she said.

Poppy, who joined Avonvale six years ago, will also be teaching pet owners physiotherapy techniques so that they may continue treating their pet at home.

The 25-year-old said: “It was a great achievement for me to qualify and I’m really pleased I chose to go down this route. I’ve always been keen to help animals in this way so I’m really excited about the possibilities this holds.”

Avonvale senior vet Stephen Bamber said everyone at the surgery was delighted for Poppy. “We know Poppy has worked extremely hard over the past year to gain this qualification, which will also benefit us and, of course, those pets who require physio and rehabilitation treatment here. We are all extremely pleased her dedication has been rewarded.

“She has spent the past 12 months travelling to Berkshire College of Agriculture one weekend a month to take part in theory work and assessments and, as a result, is now a member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapy.”

“I think it is vitally that important nurses are given the chance to be able to enhance their profession by taking on extra studies and increasing awareness about the skills they have. Poppy is a great advert for the nursing profession.”

For further information on Avonvale Veterinary Centres in Warwick, Stratford, Southam, Wellesbourne and Kenilworth, visit