Rebecca Robinson RVN NCert(An)Beh MBVNA MCHA - Director
James Wilkinson MCHA - Ex Army Dog Handler and Trainer and Canine Hydrotherapist
James started his working career as a gamekeeper in North Yorkshire and from a young age trained and worked his own gun dogs. This career took him from Northern Ireland to the Outer Hebrides.
In 2007 he joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps as a dog trainer and handler. During his third tour of Afghanistan with his search dog “Tam”, he was involved in an IED blast, leaving him with life-threatening injuries. After numerous surgeries including a hip replacement, he is well on his way to recovery.
Hydrotherapy played a large part in his own rehabilitation so he has now found a way to incorporate his love of dogs with a career that will be less physically demanding. Being able to help dogs recover from injury or surgery is extremely rewarding and James is all too aware of the time and effort it takes to improve muscle development and range of movement of damaged limbs and joints.
James is a fully qualified Canine Hydrotherapist achieving his level 3 certificate through Whitehouse Hydrotherapy Training.
During his Army career, he was a member of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Team and is a trained coach with the CPSA, making use of his skills developed during his years of assisting on local game shoots. He is now focusing his talents on dog training and Canine Hydrotherapy.
Freya Mansell MCHA Canine Hydrotherapist
Freya has always had an interest in small animals. Starting out walking local dogs for pocket money, with ambitions to work in the animal industry when she was older. After doing a degree at Leeds Metropolitan University she worked at Askham Bryan College in the animal management department and completed a dog grooming course alongside this.
Freya originally joined Operation K9 part-time as a pool-room assistant and was planning on going to study as a vet nurse. But after working in the hydrotherapy environment she discovered a love of working with dogs that needed therapy and rehabilitation. She has now completed a level 3 certificate in small animal hydrotherapy at Hawksmoor Hydrotherapy centre and is working full time at Operation K9 as a hydrotherapist alongside Rebecca and James. She has developed a keen interest in complementary therapies and working with owners to develop rehabilitation plans to give their pets a better quality of life. She would like to continue her training in the future with nutrition and physiotherapy being the next on the list
Izzy Damms BSc (Hons.) MCHA Canine Hydrotherapist
Izzy has been working as an animal behaviourist since qualifying with BSc (Hons.) in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training 1st Class in 2008. She was Awarded ‘Student of the Year Award’ for outstanding achievements at University of Hull (Bishop Burton)
Izzy may be a familiar face to a few clients, working at a local Veterinary Practice as a receptionist. She has a passion for canine studies and is working towards her BSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy, adding Canine Hydrotherapy to her skill set in summer 2018.
Izzy enjoys spending time with her dogs and husband, horse riding and renovating their cottage.