WELCOME TO THE ONLINEPETHEALTH ACADEMY
“I started the Onlinepethealth Academy because of a passion to educate and empower pet owners with knowledge. I’d like to see more and more people using preventative health care measures so that their pets can live long, happy, pain-free lives.
We recently lost our little dog Charlie, who was nearly 20 years old. If your pets are as important to you as mine are to me, please join me and my colleagues on this journey of learning. Our aim is to disseminate information and ideas, share the latest research and uplift the quality of care we are able to give to the much-loved animals in our lives. They give us the best they can, and deserve our best in return.” ~ Dr. Megan Kelly
Dr. Megan Kelly
I am a vet and a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. I have been in the field of veterinary rehabilitation for the last 12 years and a vet for 16 years. I have run my own veterinary rehabilitation practice in South Africa and I am actively involved in education and training in the field, lecturing nationally and internationally.
I live in Cape Town, South Africa with my husband, two beautiful girls, and my three fur children. I developed Webinar because of my passion for sharing knowledge, helping people and my desire to see the growth and success of our field, veterinary rehabilitation.
Dr. Hannah Capon
Hannah is a Lyn Experienced small animal vet based in the UK. After 14 years in practice, Hannah felt that greater attention needed to be given to managing canine arthritis, as essential information was not reaching the owners of these dogs. In 2016 she launched an online service, Canine Arthritis Management, to help educate owners on how to identify the early signs of the disease, diagnose the condition correctly and to implement effective long-term management plans. The uptake from the public has been fantastic, encouraging CAM to add more resources to their current service.
CAM continues to grow and is now helping practices around the UK set up their own arthritis clinics, as well as coordinating campaigns to raise awareness of the prevalence of the disease.
Dr. Kenneth Joubert
Kenneth graduated with a BVSc from The University of Pretoria in 1995. After graduating he joined a small animal practice in Johannesburg for two years before returning to the University of Pretoria. In 2000 he obtained an MMedVet (Anaes) and held the position of senior lecturer in anesthesiology at the university. In 2004 he left the university to re-join private practice before starting his own referral practice in anesthesiology, pain management and critical care. Kenneth has published 37 scientific publications, delivered 80 scientific presentations, delivered 142 continuing education talks, done 14 multimedia presentations, published 39 non-scientific articles, presented 7 courses, written one book chapter and attended 66 congresses of continuing education. Kenneth currently holds an extra-ordinary lecturing post in Pharmacology in the Department of Paraclinical Sciences at the University of Pretoria and runs a private practice dedicated to anaesthesia, analgesia and intensive care. He has regularly examined students in pharmacology, anesthesiology and clinical studies. Kenneth is currently involved in the supervision of four students.
Kenneth has a keen interest in total intravenous anaesthesia, intensive care, ventilation and cardiology. His research interests included non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, anesthetic depth monitoring and total intra-venous anesthesia.
Kenneth chaired the Faculty Ethics Committee (Animal Use and Care Committee) until it was dissolved to form a University-based Animal Use and Care Committee. He was then a member of the Senate committee for Research Ethics and Integrity and the Animal Use and Care Committee of the University of Pretoria. Kenneth currently serves on the AUCC (RECA) Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the Ethical Review Group of the AVA. He is also a member of the Education Committee and the Standard Committee of the South African Veterinary Council.
I qualified as a veterinary Nurse in 2011 and practiced for four years until I found a special interest in Animal Rehabilitation. I then decided to further my studies and completed my CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) through the University of Tennessee in 2015. Ramsay Rehab has become my absolute passion, enabling me to provide quality of life to patients with a wide range of problems. It is a technique used to support surgery and medical care for animals, working on referral from veterinarians. I feel that it builds the relationship between pet and owner by bringing awareness to the owner of their pet’s needs.
It brings me such happiness to see my patients return to function.
Dr. Caryn Shacklock
Dr. Ben Blecha
Ben received his training in orthotics and prosthetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. As a Certified Orthotist-Prosthetist on the human side, his work experience includes a stint at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville. Ben’s personal experience with osteosarcoma bone cancer and amputation feed his drive to help others.
When introduced to Dr. Robert Taylor of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets show, Ben was asked to consult on a project for a dog name Triumph. Ben learned of the limited options available for animals with limb injuries and deformities, inspiring the founding of Hero braces.
Ben focuses his efforts on helping animals and continues to consult in human orthotics and prosthetics. He has been invited to speak at conferences on both human and animal orthotics and prosthetics, including the annual meeting of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Associations and the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy.
Dr. Tanya Grantham
I qualified in 1994 at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital, Pretoria. I immediately started working in the small animal field on the East Rand, Gauteng.
After my first year, I was offered a partnership, which I accepted and stayed in busy private practice for 12 years. In 2005 certain issues prompted some changes so I sold my share. From 2007 – 2009 I completed a number of courses overseas and explored various other healing modalities whilst being available to fill locum positions.
In February 2009 I started Animal Health and Hydro, a small animal physical rehabilitation facility. This business goes from strength to strength and continues to provide daily inspiration. I have found a passion for empowering people, specifically through education and so have now made myself available for a variety of public speaking events.
Dr. Cara Harris
Cara graduated with an MA in Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology, from the University of Cape Town – where she lectured and tutored Health Psychology.
In 2006 she moved to the UK to work and study at the Natural Animal Centre, a specialist animal education center which combined her interest in psychology with her passion for animals. Cara undertook training as an animal behavioural scientist, lectured the equine and canine behaviour qualifications, and was involved in running the business as Deputy Manager of the centre.
At the end of 2008, she returned to South Africa with a dream of making the science of animal behaviour and welfare accessible to all.
Today, Cara is the co-founder of HAPPY BY NATURE, a social enterprise creating wellbeing products … for happy animals and a happy planet too.
Dr. Anuska Viljoen
Anuska trained as a conventional Veterinarian in South Africa and qualified from Onderstepoort in 1993. She completed a postgraduate Honours degree in Medicine, Anaesthesiology and Clinical Pathology in 1995 while running an animal welfare hospital for the PDSA in Soweto. Mid 1995 she decided to move to the UK to gain international experience as a Veterinary Surgeon. She soon became interested in complementary medicine, after witnessing how homeopathy could help conditions where conventional medicine no longer had much to offer. In 2000, she became a Veterinary member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in the UK. She is also a Licentiate member of the International College of Crystal Healers (2003) and passed her Veterinary Acupuncture Exams in 2004.
After moving back to South Africa in 2004, Anuska set up Mandala Health (now Simply Vets) – the first fully integrated holistic Veterinary practice in South Africa, combining her alternative healing skills with conventional medicine and surgery. She has also studied a range of other therapies, including homotoxicology, medical nutrition, functional medicine, magnetic therapy, physical therapies, emotional freedom technique (EFT), herbs, essences and spiritual healing.
Anuska lives in Sedgefield with her beautiful daughter, who shares in her absolute passion for animals. They love the outdoors and can often be found frequenting the local markets and spending time in nature whenever possible.
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