Nicola muscles in to help animal friends

Nicola Outhwaite pictured with her horse Echo and dog Storm.
Nicola Outhwaite pictured with her horse Echo and dog Storm.
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She’s got the magic touch when it comes to looking after animals.

Chiropractor Nicola Outhwaite has gone back to basics to help soothe the aches and pains of four-legged friends across Leeds.

Nicola, 26, from Horsforth, treats around five or six animals a day ranging from horses, dogs and donkeys and even the occasional cow.

And in her spare time she volunteers at Leeds Donkey Sanctuary which helps to offer riding therapy to hundreds of disabled children every single year.

It is Nicola’s job to help make sure the muscles of the centre’s four-legged friends are soothed.

She said: “Working with the donkeys was a little bit strange at first because they can be quite highly strung.

“Sometimes they can be a handful.

“These sessions help to keep them in tip top condition to carry on with their work with the city’s disabled youngsters.

“I just love it.”

Nicola swapped working for the Forensic Science Service specialising in drug analysis to qualify as a McTimoney Animal Association practitioner.

She decided to set up her own business which sees her treat a whole variety of musculoskeletal problems in animals such as horses, donkeys, dogs and cats.

Nicola, who has two horses of her own, is currently about to start work on a therapy centre at her home to treat dogs.

The Bradford University graduate added: “Although I spent two years with the Forensic Science Service specialising in drugs, I always wanted to develop my interest in animals.

“Working with animals has always been my ambition and it is very rewarding.

“My dog Storm travels with me every day and also enjoys meeting our clients and their pets.

“I treat anything on four legs really and the majority of them are horses.

“I must see around 20 or 30 animals a week and the business is just growing and going from strength to strength.”

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