Meet Kay

Kay with her dogs Cinnamon and Kai

Professional Registrations:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT)

Qualifications:

Post-Graduate Diploma (PgDip) in Veterinary Physiotherapy (2016-2018) – Hartpury College, Gloucester

Batchelor of Science (BSc) Honours in Physiotherapy (2013-2016) – University of Salford, Manchester

City & Guilds Extended Diploma in Animal Management (2010-2012) – Sparsholt College, Winchester

Welcome to Odyssey Physiotherapy

Kay Pires is a Chartered Physiotherapist living and working in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Originally from Winchester, Hampshire – Kay knew as a child that her career was going to involve animals. When leaving school, rather than following conventional ‘A’ levels – Kay left Guernsey and travelled back to Sparsholt College, Hampshire, to study Animal Management for two years. It was here that Kay met an ACPAT Physiotherapist – who left an impression and a promising idea of a future career. Kay started her Undergraduate degree in 2013, and qualified from her BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2016 from the University of Salford.

Upon leaving Salford, Kay travelled back to Hampshire, and worked as a Physiotherapist in the NHS covering both inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy in Southampton and Portsmouth. Just three months after completing her BSc, she decided to embark on the Masters (MSc) in Veterinary Physiotherapy degree at Hartpury College, Gloucester. The first two years of the course (the Post-graduate Diploma) she completed in 2018, has enabled her to register with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) as a Category A member, meaning she is a qualified Human and Veterinary Physiotherapist.

In May 2018, Kay returned to live and work in Guernsey, now as a Specialist MSK and Orthopaedic Physiotherapist for Guernsey Therapy Group Ltd. where she still works today in both the outpatient Clinic, and the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. The optional third year of the Masters dissertation at Hartpury College, Kay embarks upon later this year, to add further research and evidence to the veterinary world of physiotherapy.

In June 2019, Kay started her own business Odyssey Physiotherapy, in Guernsey, to provide specialist services predominantly for veterinary clientele, alongside also Equestrian athletes (horse riders) due to their special relationship and influence on Equine Health.

Hobbies wise: When in the UK, Kay enjoyed her loan New Forest pony for a mixture of hacking and schooling. When not in the stables, she used to volunteer dog walk and socialise pets and wildlife at a Rescue Sanctuary in Eastleigh. Since returning to Guernsey, and rescuing her new members of the family from the streets of Spain, Kay’s hobbies currently include enjoying exploring the great outdoors with her husband and two dogs, and plays both Ladies Football and Walking Football on island, providing voluntary pitch-side physiotherapy roles for them both.

Areas of interest

Veterinary Physiotherapy

Horse Rider Physiotherapy

Human Physiotherapy

Sports (Pitch-side) Physiotherapy

Recent career history

Owner of Odyssey Physiotherapy
(2019 – present)

Specialist MSK and Orthopaedic Physiotherapist at Guernsey Therapy Group Ltd.
(2018 – present)

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy outpatient services offered from the clinic in St Martins. In-patient Orthopaedic ward services provided in Princess Elizabeth Hospital. On Call Respiratory service covering evenings and weekends for emergency chest physiotherapy.

Rotational and Community Physiotherapist at Solent NHS Trust
(2016 – 2018)

Worked across areas of Elderly in-patient rehabilitation (Portsmouth), musculoskeletal outpatients (Southampton), community and falls prevention (Portsmouth), and the CIS (Southampton).

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