I had the great pleasure of interviewing Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt(Animal Physio), CAFCI, CCRT. If you aren’t familiar with her name, the long list of credentials that follow it should give you a hint that Laurie Edge-Hughes is one of the leaders in her field of canine physical therapy.
After earning a degree in human physical therapy in 1993, Laurie realized she had a special interest in working with animals. She completed courses offered by the Canadian Horse and Animal Physical Therapists Association, which was the only form of animal PT education available at the time and then opened Four Leg Rehabilitation Therapy in Canada. It was the first rehab clinic for dogs. Her goal was to fill the gap between the level of care given to large animals and the type of treatment available for small companion animals.
Laurie also developed the first course in canine physical therapy in North America so other professionals could learn canine physical therapy. Today, she’s still at the forefront of the field teaching students and speaking at symposiums around the world.