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8-9 June 2018, Loseley Park, Surrey

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Ellen Martens

PT, MT, CCRT
Het Waterhof Animal Rehabilitation Center and University of Ghent, Belgium
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Ellen received her master’s degree in physical therapy in Belgium in 2002. She worked with human patients for seven years while she trained in manual therapy, animal physiotherapy (The Netherlands) and animal osteopathy.

Ellen has worked with humans, dogs and horses since 2003 until she founded Het Waterhof Animal Rehabilitation Center in 2009. Since then, she has worked full-time with animals.

Ellen is the founder and president of the Belgian Association for Certified Animal Physical Therapy and has been the physical therapist for the Belgian agility team since 2008. She teaches canine and equine rehabilitation at the University of Ghent and lectures nationally and internationally. Ellen completed her certification at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (USA) in 2009. She is an instructor for CRI in The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

Please can you tell me a bit about yourself?

My mother is a vet and I obtained my passion for animals from her. I had to choose which pre education I wanted to do to learn this profession: vet school or physical therapy school. I decided to do physical therapy school because all the human techniques we learn are techniques used in veterinary medicine, and I received my master’s degree in Physical Therapy in Belgium in 2002. I worked with human patients for seven years while I trained in manual therapy, animal physiotherapy (the Netherlands) and animal osteopathy. I have worked with humans, dogs and horses since 2003 until I founded Het Waterhof Animal Rehabilitation Center in 2009. Since then, I have worked full-time with animals. I am the founder and president of the Belgian Association for Certified Animal Physical Therapy and have been the physical therapist for the Belgian agility team since 2008. I teach canine and equine rehabilitation at the University of Ghent and lecture nationally and internationally. I completed my certification at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (USA) in 2009. I am an instructor for CRI in The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

Did anyone or anything, in particular, inspire you to specialise in sports medicine and rehabilitation? What do you find most interesting?What do you think the future holds for sports medicine or veterinary medicine in general?

My mum introduced me into rehab. In that time, rehab existed of only hydrotherapy. Nowadays, hydrotherapy is only a small part of the treatment plan. 96% of the patients benefit from rehab without hydrotherapy. 

What do you think the future holds for sports medicine or veterinary medicine in general?

Veterinary medicine is progressing really fast, and rehab follows this evolution. Veterinary medicine is meeting the same quality as human medicine.

What attracts you to coming to lecture at VET Festival in the UK?

The great audience to share my knowledge with!

What are you hoping that delegates will take away from your lectures? Why is it so important for them to attend?

I hope to make a difference in how delegates can manage a sporting dog, with or without a physical problem.

Ellen Martens is speaking at the following sessions

Friday
14.20 - 15.05
Rehabilitation
Friday
15.15 - 16.00
Rehabilitation
Saturday
09.45 - 10.30
Rehabilitation
Saturday
14.20 - 15.05
Rehabilitation
Saturday
17.05 - 17.50
Rehabilitation

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