Animal Biomechanical Professionals Australia

Dr Rhys Donovan

Area Covered: Sydney South
Qualifications: BA ABSc, MA (osteo), Grad Dip ABM (2017)
Address: Animal Rehab Klinik Shop 59/1-9 Gray St Sutherland NSW 2232
Phone: 02 9188 0863
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I began my professional career as an osteopath in 2010 after completing a 5-year degree in osteopathy at the University of Western Sydney.

During my studies, I had gotten to know some lecturers who were also qualified in equine rehab & treatment. I didn’t even realise that this profession existed. I was immediately fascinated with how they applied their hands-on skills and treated animals who had no way of verbally communicating what was wrong with them. I immediately knew that one day I too wanted to learn how to do this.

Fast forwarding the clock several years, I found myself with some spare time in the human practice that I ran and knew this was the opportunity that I needed to do some further study and set about enrolling in the newly formed Animal Biomechanical Medicine (ABM) course. 

Immediately I was captivated by the content in the course – re-visiting osteopathic principles and treatment which I’d done for so long for humans, but learning how to apply this thought process to these creatures with 4 legs (and sometimes 3 legs!) Not to mention learning new chiropractic approaches. It was like a new lease of life on my career – I had to think on my feet a lot more than I’d needed to in recent years which reinvigorated my desire to learn and develop as a practitioner.

In 2018 I was appointed as a Director of our professional association – the Animal Biomechanical Professionals of Australia (ABPA). I’m excited to take on this new responsibility and lead the way the future of our industry!