Based in Norfolk, I am a qualified veterinary physiotherapist registered with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists. I studied BSc Veterinary Physiotherapy at Harper Adams University, graduating in 2021 with first class honours and the RSPCA Farm Animal Welfare Award. However, my love for animals began long before this.
I started riding at the age of 8 spending every spare minute at the yard and competed regularly in local shows. For the last 6 years I have owned Elen, my Welsh section C pony, and despite having less time for riding recently, I still thoroughly enjoy any opportunity to spend time in the saddle.
Like horses, dogs were a big part of my childhood with my sister and I spending hours playing with our two terriers, Milly and Maisie. In addition to horses and dogs I have a real love for cows, spending many summers rearing calves on a local dairy farm. As a result, I have gained great experience working with cattle.
Whilst at Harper Adams I completed a year in industry, during which I completed placements at both Shadwell and Taverham Veterinary Hospital. Throughout both of these placements I worked alongside experienced physiotherapists and hydrotherapists, gaining invaluable skills and experience with both horses and dogs.
As part of my NAVP membership, I will continue to complete professional development courses, further enhancing my knowledge and ability and ensuring I stay up-to-date with research and developments in the industry. Most recently, I have completed a CPD course in Equine Kinesiology Taping which is now a valuable addition to my physiotherapy tool kit.
Animals have given me great enjoyment and experiences throughout my life. Starting my veterinary physiotherapy business, Tash Hastings Veterinary Physiotherapy, has enabled me to give something back to these animals.