From Lincolnshire to the Land of the Long White Cloud…

Lucy originates from rural Lincolnshire in the UK. With a love of animals from an early age Lucy graduated with a BSc with Honours in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 2003 and from there went on to obtain a Masters in Physiotherapy from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 2006.

Lucy Finch MSc (pre-reg) Physio, BSc (Hons), PGDip Sports Ex Med, PGDip Vet Physio

After graduating Lucy spent a few years working as a junior physiotherapist for NHS Highland in Inverness. In 2008 Lucy moved from Scotland to New Zealand, where she has since remained, working in musculoskeletal private practice based in clinics in South Canterbury. In 2013 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma with distinction in Sports Exercise Medicine from Otago University.

Lucy then returned to study to allow her to combine her passions for physiotherapy and animal wellbeing and completed a Post Graduate Diploma with distinction in Veterinary Physiotherapy through the University of Liverpool. This involved 2 years of postgraduate study into animal anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology as well as specific physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques. Lucy believes that her experience in the human field of physiotherapy helps with recognising and rehabilitating injuries and joint dysfunction in animals.

When not at work Lucy enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and young son, their black Lab Floyd, two Kune Kune pigs Barbara and Margo and the chickens on their wee lifestyle block in South Canterbury.

Membership of Professional bodies

As a registered human Physiotherapist with the New Zealand Board of Physiotherapy and member of Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ), the New Zealand Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy Association (NZAVPA) and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT), Lucy has professional and public liability insurance and adheres to strict regulations and standards of practice. This includes completing regular Continued Professional Development training in order to ensure best practice using evidence based medicine. She works closely with the Veterinary profession and other specialists to provide the highest standard of care for your animal.

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