Meet The Team


Emily lives in Brockworth, Gloucestershire and has owned rescue dogs since she was 6 years old, always being very active with her dogs, taking them everywhere with her and since 2009, competing all over the country in Canicross competitions. Emily also participates in agility for fun with her current four dogs and has an in-depth understanding of the demands placed on the canine athlete taking part in any sport.

With this background in dog sports, Emily has developed an International retail business, K9 Trail Time, offering holistic advice and consultations on active dog equipment based on years of selecting and fitting kit for people who want to purchase the best brands, tailored for their own dogs' individual needs. By specialising in helping people find the correct equipment to allow them and their pet dogs to take part in a variety of activities safely, Emily has helped thousands of people enjoy a more active life with their canine companion.

As a fully qualified Pet First Aider, Emily has also studied Pet Psychology, Canine Anatomy and Physiology and has pursued personal studies of many other aspects of animal behaviour, nutrition, fitness and conditioning, including courses at the Natural Animal Centre and Veterinary Congress at Willows Veterinary Centre.

Emily brings this experience of active dogs and their individual requirements to the Canactive Hydrotherapy Centre.

Emily is a registered Member of the Institute of Registered Veterinary & Animals Physiotherapists (Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists) which means she has met, and continues to meet, the professional canine hydrotherapy standards required of members.

To speak to Emily please call 07838 125 843


Vickie grew up in Tewkesbury but spent much of her early adult life living in the mountains snowboarding (Team GBR) and working with sled dog teams. Vickie now competes with her own teams of sled dogs in 6 dog, 4 dog rig/ sled, 2 dog scooter and 1 dog bike. For the last 5 years Vickie has been British champion in her sprint sled dog racing classes and holds top 10 world rankings in multiple classes. Vickie is the only British racer to hold a sprint World Cup standing on the sled and her ultimate aim is to become World Champion.

Vickie now has a team of 27 dogs, who help her run her husky ride business, Arctic Quest and has a mixed kennel of Siberian huskies, Alaskan Huskies,  Eurohounds and Greysters.

These dogs have the build, power and heart to run fast, it’s down to training, nutrition and equipment to get the best results possible; basically the humans have to get it right to fulfil the massive potential these dogs have. Part of realising this potential has been acquiring the underwater treadmill and incorporating this into the dogs training programme. Vickie brings all her experience of racing and training her own dogs and coaching others to the Canactive Hydrotherapy Centre and her input will benefit all our sports performance customers in the design of the individual training sessions we put together for our clients.

Vickie is a registered Member of the Institute of Registered Veterinary & Animals Physiotherapists (Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists) which means she has met, and continues to meet, the professional canine hydrotherapy standards required of members.

To speak to Vickie please call 07968 794758

Centre Manager

Laura lives in Much Cowarne, Herefordshire on a farm with sheepdog Jill and Labrador Sachin.

Originally from Bedfordshire, Laura grew up with German Shepherds and saw first-hand how vital rehabilitation is following their injuries.

Laura studied at Writtle College completing a BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation before going on to study at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Oxford to achieve an MSc Animal Manipulation to become a qualified McTimoney Animal Chiropractor.

Laura currently works treating horses, dogs and other animals of varying sizes alongside working here at Canactive.

Laura has completed her Level hydrotherapy certification at Greyfriars Hydrotherapy Centre and previously worked on the physiotherapy team at specialist’s referral Vets so has experience and an interest in seeing neurological and orthopaedic conditions for rehabilitation.

Laura is a registered member of the McTimoney Animal Association (MAA) and the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP), which means she has met, and continues to meet, the professional canine hydrotherapy standards required of members.

Canine Hydrotherapist

Beth grew up and lives in Stroud Gloucestershire, she had a family rescue dog from the age of 10 and developed a passion of working with dogs, taking Saturday and weekend jobs working in dog walking and local kennels. She now has her own dog, Lily, who is a a cockapoo aged 3. 

Beth spent 2 years at Hartpury College studying an extended diploma in Animal Management and then 3 years at Hartpury University studying for her BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Whilst at uni Beth first volunteered and then was employed at the on-site canine hydrotherapy unit, subsequently undertaking courses at K9HS In Ipswich and Leicester to become a qualified canine hydrotherapist.   

She has recently been taking the opportunity to work alongside a canine hydrotherapist and physiotherapist in a growing business and is now looking forward to developing her career with us here at Canactive.

Canine Hydrotherapist

Jo grew up and lives in Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire, she had family English Springer Spaniels from the age of 5 and loved caring for them and walking them throughout her childhood. Jo now has two Basset Hounds of her own, Bilbo and Bambi.

Jo originally studied Law (LLB) at Staffordshire University and currently works for the emergency services, however Jo was inspired to undertake the Level 3 Hydrotherapy course at Greyfriars Rehabilitation Centre following her eldest Basset Hound, Bilbo, suffering a herniated disc in June 2021. Following intensive Hydrotherapy, Bilbo regained the
use of his hind limbs without needing surgery!

Jo is now looking to build her experience and knowledge working as part of the Canactive team in order to help families and patients who are going through similar experiences.


We occasionally take on students to gain work experience within the centre, so if you are interested in coming to learn more about canine hydrotherapy please do get in touch.