Gillian Tabor
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Research interests

Equine Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Biomechanics

Current teaching

Reader in Veterinary Physiotherapy


Dr Gillian Tabor is a Chartered Physiotherapist who has been working as an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist for over 20 years. Experience as a guest lecturer led to a part time role, teaching Rider Performance, at Duchy College in Cornwall. Gillian then joined Hartpury as a lecturer in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2013. Having progressed to a Reader in Veterinary Physiotherapy from Senior Lecturer position and becoming the Programme Manager for the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Hartpury University, Gillian now has additional roles within Hartpury's research community. In 2020 she completed her doctorate, the first for Hartpury entitled 'The use of objective measurement in Veterinary Physiotherapy'. As well as teaching students Gillian, continues to undertake research in this thematic area both in her own equine projects and via supervising students and doctoral and masters level.

With experience in treating all types of horses, Gillian uses her physiotherapy skills, in combination with knowledge of biomechanics, to help all horses. Physiotherapy integrates hands-on treatments, with electrotherapy and exercise, specifically selected to improve horses’ posture, performance, balance and strength. When not at Hartpury Gillian runs her own practice in Devon. She specialises in physio for horses and riders, with the focus on treatment and rehabilitation of competition horses.

Education/Academic qualification

DPhil, Dr, The use of outcome measures and objective measurement in equine physiotherpay, University of the West of England (UWE)

Award Date: 9 Nov 2020

Equitation Science, ResM

Award Date: 1 Oct 2015

Veterinary Physiotherapy, MSc, The Royal Veterinary College

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

Physiotherapy, BSc, University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Award Date: 1 Jun 1998

Veterinary Physiotherapy, DPhil, The use of objective measurement in equine physiotherapy and rehabilitation, University of the West of England (UWE)

1 Apr 2019 → …


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