Dawn Jones
Dawn Jones owns and runs Animal Physical Rehab, an animal physical rehabilitation clinic based at the Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital in Newlands, Cape Town. Over the years, she has treated horses, dogs and cats as well as the occasional cow, penguin and rabbit. Dawn has worked in the field of animal physical rehabilitation for 27 years, both in the United Kingdom and South Africa and more recently in Dubai and Hong Kong. She has competed in show-jumping, dressage, showing, eventing, flat racing and point-to-point. Dawn completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Cape Town, qualified as a Veterinary Nurse at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK and later as an Equine and Canine Body Worker through the Equinology® Certification Programme. She has completed many years of apprenticeship under well respected equine and canine physiotherapists in both South Africa and the UK. She has worked at endurance competitions, multi-day show-jumping competitions and 3-day eventing competitions such as Blenheim and Burghley in the UK. Since acquiring an underwater treadmill for dogs at Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital, Dawn shifted her focus to treating dogs and cats. She treats three main categories of dysfunction: orthopaedic and neurological conditions, chronic arthritic conditions and active sporting dogs. Dawn is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of physical rehabilitation for animals. By working within a first opinion practice, she is able to enhance the treatment options available for chronic arthritic patients and improve their quality of life, as well as improve the functional outcome of surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic and neurological patients. In 2008, together with Megan Kanz, she approached South African Veterinary Council asking for recognition, regulation and registration of practitioners in the field of animal physical rehabilitation. From 2012-2014 Dawn chaired the working group working towards promulgating the new profession of Veterinary Physiotherapy in South Africa. Dawn first started teaching the Certified Caninology® Canine Body Course in 2007. Her other interests include hiking, anything outdoors, horses, travel and reading. Dawn is married and together with her husband, is raising 2 boys, 14 and 16.