Dr Raquel Butler
Horse health / Care
Dr. Raquel Butler’s passion for horses began at 1 year old when she sat on her first horse. She has had a number of difficult horses throughout her life who have inspired her to search for answers and enhance her understanding of the underlying potential physical issues that affect horses’ performance and behaviour.
Raquel graduated from BVSc Melbourne University in 2004. She worked in mixed practice in Australia and overseas for 10 years. In 2012 Raquel started her own business ‘ Integrated Veterinary Therapeutics, treating horses and dogs with Muscle Release Therapy (EMRT & CCMRT) and completing a Graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine, encompassing chiropractic, osteopathic and rehabilitation techniques in 2016.
She is currently the President of the Animal Biomechanical Professionals of Australia. Raquel has studied many therapies including the Masterson Method, CranioSacral, Kinesiology Taping with Equi tape and Vetkin, Saddle fitting, Laser (Photobiomodulation) therapy and recently Acupuncture Oriented Energetics and Fascial kinetic lines. In 2015 she began teaching clinics in Equine Anatomy and Palpation, Equine Biomechanics, Equine Veterinary Biomechanical Assessment and Equine Vetkin taping, to practitioners and horse people in Australia, UK and Holland. Raquel has worked closely with and assisted Sharon May-Davis in numerous whole horse dissections and has run them herself, learning from the textbook on the table.
Raquel has worked alongside classical horse trainer Thirza Hendriks to promote correct biomechanical training in rehabilitation. Raquel is very passionate about Equine biomechanics, injury rehabilitation and bridging the gap between Equine therapists, trainers and Veterinarians to improve the health and wellbeing of the horse. She currently works at Charles Sturt, Wagga Wagga, NSW, lecturing and researching in Equine Science in subjects incorporating rehabilitation, biomechanics and Equine athlete training and management.
Visit Dr Raquel Butler at the following sessions
Friday November 12th
10:45 am to 11:30 am
Injury rehabilitation: The Golden Path
A discussion of the process of rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries including; The importance of a veterinary diagnosis, the injury’s tissue type and repair, the rehabilitation team ‘Who should be in this team?’ Veterinarian, body worker, hoof care provider. The importance of the owner i.e. time, commitment, money, etc the horse’s age, training, nutrition, mental/emotional capacity, etc. Rehabilitating the whole horse, environment, surfaces, weather, confinement, equipment. The importance and value of a program and the building blocks. Exercises for different injuries i.e muscular v’s neurological. How to measure progress. Dealing with set backs.
Saturday November 13th
4:45 pm to 5:30 pm
Scars – A cute dimple or a deeper problem
A discussion on the importance and implications of musculoskeletal scars including the following aspects; Explanations of scar tissue and the different types of scars. Comparison of the external (on the skin) presentation to the internal (under dissection). Common areas of damage ‘ explanation of why and how these areas are commonly damaged. Discussion of internal scars such as post colic surgery, gelding scars. Potential effects on performance. Treatment options and modalities – What the owner can do and who can help Case presentations and outcomes ‘ lower limb, old scars, hamstrings, pectorals. Owner prevention and management
Sunday November 14th
11:45 am to 12:30 pm
Scars – A cute dimple of a deeper problem?
A discussion on the importance and implications of musculoskeletal scars including the following aspects; Explanations of scar tissue and the different types of scars Comparison of the external (on the skin) presentation to the internal (under dissection) Common areas of damage ‘ explanation of why and how these areas are commonly damaged. Discussion of internal scars such as post colic surgery, gelding scars Potential effects on performance Treatment options and modalities – What the owner can do and who can help Case presentations and outcomes ‘ lower limb, old scars, hamstrings, pectorals Owner prevention and management