Jane Norton APAM
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (2008 – Latrobe)
APA Level 2 Animal Physiotherapy
Jane always had a keen interest in how things work, which lead her into anatomy and then physiotherapy – to help make those things work better again! For the past 8 years Jane has worked in a private practice in Bundoora, treating a wide range of conditions including sports injuries, musculo-skeletal conditions, vestibular issues, women’s heath conditions, chronic low back pain, overuse injuries, post surgical rehabilitation and even Clinical Pilates.
Jane is also very passionate about animals and their welfare, and thus in 2011 branched off into Animal Physiotherapy. As Jane learned the similarity of the basic structures and animal behaviour, her passion evolved and she decided to expand from treating humans to include domesticated animals, with a emphasis on dogs and horses.
Animal Physiotherapy is a relatively unknown profession, although it’s been practiced in Australia for many years. Domesticated animals for pets or for sport, are wide spread throughout our community. And these animals experience similar injuries and overuse conditions as we do, often due to their domesticated lifestyles. Just as we would see a physiotherapist for rehabilitation following knee surgery or for an overworked lower back, our animals also have the opportunity to such physiotherapy, to enable daily optimal functioning and recovery.
Animal Physiotherapy like human Physiotherapy is vast and adaptable to many conditions, not just limited to these examples. It is this adaptability and variety which keeps Jane enthusiastic in her physiotherapy of many different species, be it 2 limbs, 4 limbs or winged!