The information and courses brought to you on this website are written by Nikki Routledge, who has a devoted interest in the care and well-being of animals and their humans.
By combining her love and study of animals with the study of human psychology, Nikki has been able to appreciate just how important it is to consider ALL factors in the health and care of animals, and how in doing so, this reflects in the quality of life for the human owner as well.
Nikki has continually developed her knowledge and skills base over many years, starting with her British Horse Society Assistant Instructor and Intermediate Stable Manager qualifications, followed with a BSc (Hons) 2:1 in Equine Science in 1999. Nikki qualified in 2001 with a Post-Graduate Diploma in McTimoney Animal Manipulation, taking this qualification to Masters level a few years later with the McTimoney College, Abingdon. She learnt her equine massage skills with Equinology in California, USA and spent a year working with various animal physiotherapists as well. Most recently, Nikki has completed another BSc (Hons) 2:1 in Psychology from the OU.
Massage is a fundamental skill which can be applied safely and effectively by owners who have studied the basic do’s and don’ts. Nikki has been teaching in a range of environments, including at the McTimoney College MSc in Animal Manipulation for the last 13 years and has now developed these online massage courses for pet owners to help people all over the world experience the benefits and joy of such a wonderful skill. Nikki also utilizes her combined animal knowledge and Psychology degree when teaching for Bridgwater College BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Management programme.
Nikki has written articles for various equestrian magazines and a book on Cat Massage. She has competed in dressage, showjumping and hunter trials since she was 14years old, and has focussed on endurance riding since 2000 when she successfully completed her first 100mile ride at the famous Golden Horseshoe Ride. Since then, Nikki has completed the same ride another three times, competed in FEI competitions up to 3* level and in 2008 was called on to help train BBC 1 Countryside presenter Adam Henson when he attempted the 50mile class. Click here to view the video.
In recent few years, (since the arrival of her own human child as well as the four-legged surrogate children), Nikki has wanted to learn more about human treatment and expand into offering this service. After another year of study, Nikki has trained as a Human Bowen Practitioner with the College of Bowen Studies and offers home visit appointments in her local area. For more information click here
When not working, Nikki somehow fits in some fundraising too. In 2013 Nikki ran the Virgin London Marathon, raising over £2,800 for charity Spinal Research and in 2014 she raised £1,200 for Scope by attempting the Ironman UK 70.3 held on Exmoor and billed the toughest 70.3 in Europe. Over 2014- 2015, Nikki raised £3,500 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and £1,400 towards a defibrillator machine for the local parish.