fitdog

by Nathalie Janssen

I worked in Banking in Luxembourg for over 16 years. This has taught me the importance to focus on customer service and to constantly develop and learn new skills.

Although I volunteered in a few shelters and trained my dog as a therapy dog to visit nursing homes, my dream to professionally pursue my childhood passion for dogs, steadily grew over the years.

It was not until I read an article about a canine physiotherapist, that I knew I had found my professional calling in life! In addition, I am an avid – albeit very middle of the pack – runner, and as such have had my fair share of experience with physiotherapy myself.

When I heard of animal physiotherapy, I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do, as it would allow me to combine my love for dogs with my interest in physical therapy.  This feeling was increased as my own dog, Jake, getting older, developed osteoarthritis. I wanted to find a way to keep him as active as possible and enjoying his daily walks and play sessions.

As such, I decided to completely overhaul my life: I started a postgraduate training in Animal Physiotherapy at The College of Animal Physiotherapy, located close to Oxford, U.K., from which I graduated from with Distinction, and consequently quit my job. I am committed to providing the best care possible and therefore am actively attending the latest available seminars and training courses in Europe. I am a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer from the University of Tennessee, the first in the Benelux to obtain this certification! I also completed a canine myotherapy massage diploma with Galen in the UK, which underlines the importance of having choice led treatment for your dog, which you will find back all throughout my practice.

So here I am with Fitdog, wishing that animal physiotherapy and canine fitness will bring as much good to you and your pet’s life as it has brought me so far! Hope to see you soon with your beloved pooch!

Nathalie Janssen

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

 Degree in Animal Physiotherapy with Distinction – TCAP UK

 Canine First Aid – TCAP UK

Kinesiology Taping for Dogs – Maia Medical Saarbrücken.
Dorn Therapy and Breuss Massage for Dogs – S. Schmitt Cologne

Tellington TTouch – G. Maue Zweibrücken

Canine Sports Massage Therapist Degree – TCAP UK

Advanced Hydrotherapy Treadmill for Small Animals – Hawksmoor UK

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer – CCFT – University of Tennessee

Vetfest UK (Fitzpatrick Referrals)

 Myofascial Release – Jo Rose, UK

 Fitness for Agility dogs – Bobby Lyons – Belgium

Galen Canine Myotherapy Diploma – Galen UK

Vetfest UK (Fitzpatrick Referrals)

Vetfest UK (Fitzpatrick Referrals)

 VEPRA Congres on Canine Sports Rehabilitation, Ghent, Belgium

Canine Conditioning, Core Strength and Cavalett – Bobby Lyons – Belgium

Strategies for Teaching Pet Dog Fitness – Bobby Lyons – Belgium