Gill is our Dog First Aid Franchise Partner for Northamptonshire, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick.
Gill, a self confessed dog nut, has undergone our extensive training programme, including training with registered members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is passionate about the welfare and safety of our beloved 4-legged companions, and in empowering dog professionals and owners to gain the knowledge and skills they would need in the event of an emergency situation with a dog.
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Being an Occupational Therapist in the NHS (and dog nut), Gill is well aware of the benefits of pet ownership to people with compromised health and abilities. Even the simple act of stroking a dog is proven to have positive health benefits, for example reducing blood pressure (for both person AND dog). Stroking a dog also stimulates feelings of bonding and happiness. This demonstrates the enormous value that dogs bring to us all, and highlights the even bigger duty of dog professionals to be able to act in their best interest in times of crisis. To the majority of people, their dogs are family members. If we work with other human family members, we are expected to be skilled in all areas of their wellbeing – including first aid.
Gill therefore feels very passionately about enabling dog professionals and owners to become confident in being a first responder to provide the bridge from critical point to arriving safely into the care of the Vet. If others’ dogs are in our care, for whatever reason, Gill believes that these most valued and loyal animals, deserve our utmost respect and we should know how to act appropriately when a dog needs first aid, to give them the best chance of survival. Gill firmly believes that anyone owning or working with dogs should, as a minimum, have current dog first aid knowledge and skills.
Gill discovered Dog First Aid after her own beloved Shar Pei, Basil, collapsed suddenly, and died.
Gill is well practised in teaching and is used to continuing professional development as part of daily working life, through her role in the NHS. She is a big advocate of dogs visiting their person at the rehabilitation unit where she works as part of the patient’s recovery.
Gill loves walking with dogs, looking after dogs, dog sitting, playing with dogs, teaching dogs, talking about dogs, learning about dogs … all things dog. So moving into teaching life saving dog first aid to like minded people is a natural progression for her.