The South African Animal Physical Rehabilitation Association (SAAPRA) represents the collective interests of the country’s veterinary physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals.
With veterinary physiotherapy being recognised and regulated by the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC), all SAAPRA members are required to be registered by the SAVC. SAAPRA members are registered with the SAVC and maintain their registration through continued professional development.
Through the education of both the public and veterinarians regarding the benefits of physiotherapy as either a stand-alone treatment or an adjunct to many conditions, SAAPRA aims to grow and develop veterinary physiotherapy not only locally but internationally as well. SAAPRA’s ultimate objective is to unite veterinarians and veterinary professionals into a collaborative “veterinary team”.
With this goal in mind, the SAAPRA conference aims to bring together international and local speakers, physiotherapists, veterinarians, and surgeons and provide a platform for the presentation and exchange of ideas, research results and experiences on a diverse set of topics centered around veterinary physiotherapy.
BScPT, MAnimSt(Animal Physio),CAFCI, CCRT
Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta (Canada) and a Master of Animal Studies in Animal Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland (Australia. She is certified in acupuncture and canine rehabilitation, and has been involved with the executive of the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since its inception in 1994. Laurie taught the first canine physiotherapy courses in Canada, the USA, and Australia. She is a sought-after lecturer and instructor in North America and abroad. Her primary teaching platform is now FourLeg.com, an online educational website. Laurie co-owns and practices out of The Canine Fitness Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2020 she was awarded the inaugural Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapist Award by the International Association of Veterinary Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and in 2021 was awarded a Medal of Distinction by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In her spare time, she drinks gin and looks at cows!
|Dr Michael Gray
BVSc, Cert. SAS (R.C.V.S.), M.Med.Vet.(Surg)
Dr Michael Gray qualified as a veterinarian in 1988 from Onderstepoort University and came to Panorama Veterinary Clinic in 1993. He was awarded a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London in 2001. He subsequently completed a residency and master’s degree in small animal surgery. He is a registered specialist in small animal surgery and currently the only veterinary specialist surgeon practising in Cape Town and the only Specialist that does complete hip replacements in dogs in Cape Town.
|Dr Tanya Grantham
Bsc (Hons), BVSc
Dr. Tanya Grantham qualified as a veterinarian in 1994. She is now the owner of Animal Health and Hydro, a facility dedicated to physical rehabilitation and pain management in dogs and cats. Aside from a burning desire to enhance the quality of life of her animal patients, Dr. Tanya also loves to share her knowledge with veterinary professionals, pet owners and anyone that is interested in enhancing their life (and the lives of their companions) through information and skills. Her wildly improbable goal is to establish a foundation that supports all veterinary professionals on every level – be it physical, emotional, spiritual, personal or through business education, financial aid and learning skills that enhance our hands-on abilities. Animal Health and Hydro has grown from a single person (and one facility) to a company that employs eight people and has three branches. Dr. Tanya has also compiled an online course for veterinarians – Canine Integrative Physical Rehabilitation – for which she is the tutor and mentor. She has been involved in examining final year veterinary physiotherapy students for the preceding five years and recently took up a post as part-time lecturer at EquineLibrium College in South Africa. Dr. Tanya loves to be with her animal companions (horses, dogs and cats). She is a keen trail runner and experiences great joy when she is running with her horse beside her.
BSc Physiotherapy, MS AnimSt, Cert CN
Dr. Marinette qualified as a medical physiotherapist at the University of Stellenbosch and then went onto finish her Masters degree in Animal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. She has since been involved in various committees to grow and promote Veterinary Physiotherapy as a profession and had the opportunity to lecture at numerous national and international conferences. Marinette is the Principal of Equine-Librium College, a private higher education institute offering a professional BSc Veterinary Physiotherapy programme. She has a keen interest in the dog sporting world and actively competes with her dogs in showing, field trials and the odd obedience and agility.
|Dr Lesley Goff
MSc, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Exercise, Sports Science and Animal Physiotherapy. PhD, Kinematics and Morphology of the Equine Sacroiliac Joint
Dr Lesley Goff is a Musculoskeletal and Animal Physiotherapist, practising in Queensland, Australia and has completed masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Exercise and Sports Science and Animal Physiotherapy as well as PhD on the Kinematics and Morphology of the Equine Sacroiliac Joint. Lesley has published her research in scientific journals, contributed to an Equine Sport Medicine and Surgery textbook, and is co-editor of the Animal Physiotherapy – Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals, 2nd edition, 2016. Lesley’s special areas of interest in clinical practice are the equine lumbo-pelvic region and the integration of horse and rider in performance. Lesley lectures to animal rehabilitation practitioners within Australia and internationally, and mentors and tutors Australian physiotherapists in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. In addition, she teaches equine physiotherapy into the Veterinary Physiotherapy programme through the University of Liverpool, UK, and is on the board of directors of the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (IAVRPT). Lesley is also a committee member of the Animal Physiotherapy Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. In her spare time Lesley enjoys triathlon, cycling, and dry-land sled dog racing with her family.
|Dr Michele Broadhurst
DC; ICCSP, IVCA, FIAMA; CCRP; Mtech Chiro (RSA)
Dr Broadhurst graduated from Chiropractic College (DIT) at the end of 2003. She learned about myofascial dry needling in her third year at university and used it extensively in her two-year residency. After graduating from chiropractic college Dr Broadhurst then went on to study further and was awarded her diploma as an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician from the International Federation of Chiropractic Sports. Dr Broadhurst joined Dr Angus and his West Coast Chiropractic team in 2005. Dr Broadhurst branched out in 2006 and went over to the USA to Options for Animals and certified with them and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association as an Animal Chiropractor. The practice continued to flourish and grow with many families, ranging from babies to those nearing a century, athletes, chronic pain sufferers, dogs and cats visited the practice expectant of pain relief. They were very blessed to offer this to their patients by using a combination of dry needling, acupuncture, diversified chiropractic adjustments and other wonderful techniques that they are certified in and patients of all species flourished and got better in record time. Dr Broadhurst built an exceptionally busy and prominent small and large animal practice, specializing in stud, racehorses and canines. Dr Broadhurst worked for prominent stud farms such as Drakenstein Stud, Klawervlei, Maine Chance, Highlands, Lammerskraal, Sandown, Nutfield, Varsfontein stud and many others. Her resume includes working for the best South African thoroughbred racehorse trainers including the J&B Met and Queens Plate winners. She was one of the first animal chiropractors to practice in South Africa and has mentored some of the animal chiropractors that have subsequently started practicing in SA. She has helped thousands of humans and animals with myofascial work and chiropractic. In 2018 Drs Angus and Broadhurst moved to the USA where they currently reside. She qualified under Dr John Amaro (IAMA) as a Chiropractic acupuncturist and certified as a Canine Rehabilitative Practitioner through the University of Tennessee, she is one of only four chiropractors worldwide who hold that certification as a DC.
|Dr Marc Walton
BSc (Agric.), BVSc
Dr Marc Walton is a practicing private Veterinarian who qualified with a BSc (Animal Science) 1996 and BVSc in 2001. Dr Walton has a special interest in equine exercise physiology and medicine, and has completed post graduate subjects in Equine Medicine (2008) and Equine Radiology (2015). Dr Walton achieved international recognition as an endurance veterinarian including highest level 4 Star FEI International Endurance Riding accreditation; for both treatment and as a line veterinarian. He was regularly Head Treatment Vet at Southern Africa’s most prestigious endurance rides including Walvis Bay, Fauresmith 200 km and Tri Nations Championships for the last 16 years. Marc regularly attends international rides including the Russian National Endurance Championships 2017. Dr Walton also has Provincial and National colours with the Western Province Endurance and South African National team, where he was the Veterinarian and coach of he national team at the World Junior Championships, Hungary 2010.
Dr Walton was also team Veterinarian for the South African Endurance team at the FEI World Equestrian Games, Tryon, USA in 2018. His achievements include being awarded SA Young Veterinarian of the year award 2010 and being asked to present lectures at the IVEC (International Veterinary Endurance Congress) in North Carolina, USA. Marc regularly lectures both horse owners and Vets in aspects of equine endurance medicine, and has published equine articles in Vet News, Horse Quarterly, Equine Vet Journal and the SA Endurance Magazine amongst others. He is the presenter/ lecturer for the international accredited course: Equinology EQ300-600 (Equine anatomy, conformation, biomechanics and lameness). Dr Walton has been involved with horses as an owner and rider since the age of 5. Marc is a proud husband to Julie (an accomplished horse rider and instructor) and they have three boys (12, 10 and 8, years old). On the rare occasion that he isn’t working, he can be found water skiing, trail running, or practicing Kobujitsu -for which he achieved his Shodan (Black Belt) in 2020.
|Dr Andrew Gray
Owner and Founder of Vetscape Animal Hospital
Dr. Andrew Gray qualified from Onderstepoort in 2002. He worked locally in the Cape for 3 years; first as an Emergency night vet and then as an equine veterinarian based at Milnerton Racecourse. He then accepted a position in Australia where he worked in an equine practice servicing a large sport horse community which also included racing and trotting horses. On return to South Africa he became a partner at Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic and focused on equine surgery and lameness. He completed a European College of Veterinary Surgery residency program through the University of Lyon France.
Special interest are Equine fracture repair, arthroscopy, airway surgery, colic and foal surgery.
Andrew and his wife Tacita are blessed with 4 young children growing up on their farm on the outskirts of Paarl. Andrew and his colleagues founded Vetscape Animal Hospital in March 2019.