After over 20 years’ rehabilitating armed forces’ personnel and elite athletes, Karl wanted to develop his interest in and passion for animals, so from 2007–2009 trained and qualified as a veterinary physiotherapist. His MSc research project investigated outcome measures following cranial cruciate surgery – work that will be very useful in future physiotherapy research. Working from his clinic in Berkshire and with Michael Hamilton at Hamilton’s Referrals, he and his team provide skilled, patient and compassionate veterinary rehabilitation. Karl works closely with US-based company Gait4Dog, which specialises in gait analysis using a pressure mat or an instrumented treadmill and video to gain a better understanding of an animal’s lameness in order to offer a refined tailored programme following surgery or injury.
In addition, Karl teaches students who are on the Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Liverpool University and Hartpury College, and speaks on veterinary rehabilitation at various congresses and symposia. He is a Category A member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT), a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).