Nikki Routledge is a qualified McTimoney Animal Practitioner, who found that combining her love and study of animals with the study of psychology demonstrates how important it is to consider ALL factors in the health and care of animals.
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. Nikki then progressed to complete a BSc (Hons) 2:1 in Psychology from the OU, and now has added teaching qualifications; a Diploma in Education and Training followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching with Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Nikki has been teaching in a range of environments, including at the McTimoney College MSc in Animal Manipulation for the last 17 years and 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, show-jumping and hunter trials since she was 14years old, and focussed on endurance riding from 1998-2015. In 2000 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. Currently Nikki is training her horse Mickey in dressage.
In recent 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 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. In 2018 Nikki raised £500 for Cancer Research UK in memory of a client by completing the Suffolk Marathon just 9 months after fracturing her own tibia and rupturing her ACL, and in 2019 Nikki helped raise funds for a fellow McTimoney practitioner who was fighting cancer by running the notoriously tough Exmoor Marathon. Three weeks later, Nikki completed the Virgin Giving London Marathon again, this time supporting a friend at their first attempt, and raised another £1,500 for the Devon Air Ambulance. Nikki was due to run in the 2020 Virgin Giving London Marathon for Spinal Research and is currently raising funds again for 2021.