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In 1992 I pioneered the use of osteopathy to treat musculo-skeletal problems in wild, and exotic species of animals and birds. This work has taken me all over the world, working closely with vets and wildlife experts in the field, as well as in many of the finest collections. For this reason I have close links with BIAZA, BVZS, BWRC, to name but a few.
Wildlife patients are mainly those with physical injuries, as well as orphans. Osteopathic treatment has allowed many individuals to be rehabilitated back to the wild much sooner than would otherwise have been possible. Most treatments are carried out with the patient conscious, though health and safety sometimes dictate the use of sedation/anaesthesia.
My work with exotics has helped to improve the physical wellbeing of some of the world's captive breeding programme stock for endangered species, most notably Asian elephants, and white rhinos. Some of my elephant work has been assessed using infra red thermal imaging to measure the changes in peripheral circulation throughout, and following, a course of osteopathic treatment. This work was written up and presented at the 2004 and 2005 International Zoo Research Conferences.
When undertaking any osteopathic work at Zoos or collections I am acutely aware of the need for robust health and safety rules. Zoo Ost Ltd has always adhered to these at each, and every, place that osteopathic work has been carried out. We are only too aware of the very real danger that can present itself, and are keen not to put ourselves, or anyone else, in harms way.
Prior to any work being started, we will always have a health and safety meeting with the various heads of sections, as well as the veterinary surgeons. Only once we have covered all possible aspects will a treatment programme commence.
I have lectured extensively on the application of osteopathic principals applied to the treatment of wild and exotic species, both in the UK as well as overseas.
Zoo Ost Limited is committed to the furthering of links, and strengthening of working partnerships for the benefit of conservation worldwide.