Dr Raquel Butler

Dr Raquel Butler

Working as a mixed practice Veterinarian for nine years I became more aware that we were not treating the underlying cause of the problem and were limited in our approach to musculoskeletal conditions.

Having spent time with Dr. Ian Bidstrup as a student and having my own difficult horses I was passionate about learning chiropractic and exploring a holistic approach. The chiropractic course wasn't running at that stage so I began with Equine Muscle Release Therapy (EMRT) which opened my thinking to a new way of being and understanding the horse.

In 2012 I began my own business Integrated Veterinary Therapeutics, treating dogs and horses with EMRT, to which I have added Masterton Method, CranioSacral, Laser, Vetkin Taping and a Graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine (Chiropractic and Osteopathic techniques and Rehabilitation), also working in conjunction with McDowells Herbal treatments to optimise healing.

I have been fortunate to be mentored by Sharon May- Davis (Equine Scientist) in the anatomy, biomechanics and injuries of the horse including > 15 Horse Dissections co teaching with Sharon - this has correlated what I feel and see on the outside of the horse to what is on the inside, expanding my understanding and knowledge as a therapist and veterinarian. I have been privileged to take over the teaching of Sharon May Davis clinics in Australia and Overseas- Anatomy and Palpation(2 days), Biomechanics (2 days) and have added to this Equine Veterinary Biomechanical Assessment (4 days) and Vetkin taping clinics (2 days) - the participants in these clinics are horse owners, riders, experienced horse therapists, veterinarians, dentists, saddle fitters and bit fitters.

This year I have co- authored a published paper with Sharon May- Davis and accepted a position at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga a lecturer in Equine Disease, Injury and Rehabilitation and The Equine Athlete and to further my research aspirations, my passion being the hyoid.

For education on:

  • Horse Health / Care

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Education Session

The Equine Stifle - Why is is so important? Injury and Rehabilitation

Examining the biomechanics and anatomy of the stifle in the live horse as well as the anatomy through the presentation. Indicators of stifle weakness and injury for example - important muscles, alterations in movement How to assess the stifle through movement and palpation - gently and respectfully. Exploring the relationships of the stifle to the rest of the body - indirect and direct connections as well as fascial and muscular connections. Common conditions of the Equine Stifle e.g. Locking stifle, Cruciate ligament injury, OCD, Slipping patella Rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the stifle incorporating classical dressage exercises -exploring where to begin and how to progress.

Friday 16 November 2.15pm - 3.00pm Classroom, Royal Block

Biomechanical Assessment of the Horse - From hyoid to hoof

A demonstration of a full biomechanical examination of a horse Assessing for range of motion, function, pain and pathology and associated important muscles, tendons and ligaments. Exploring the signs of common conditions When to refer to a Vet Which type of therapists/ allied therapies are most beneficial for which areas.

Thursday 15 November 11.15am - 12.00pm Grand Hall Arena