Iris grew up on a smallholding in Germany. In her teens she became an active member of the local riding club and took the practical and theoretical exams for the riding pass (safe hacking) and DRA Class IV and III (Theory, Dressage and Jumping). Today she lives with her husband, the cat Sandy and the dog Pachinho in rural Herefordshire and rides just for pleasure.
She studied Veterinary Medicine at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen in Germany and graduated in 2003.
She has practised veterinary acupuncture since 2004. After her graduation as a vet she started her Acupuncture training with the ATF, the German Association for Veterinary Continuing Education. She trained in Wings® Animal-Kinesiology and did here Practitioner exam Aug. 2007. This enables her to access other complementary therapy forms, especially for chronic cases.
2011-2012 she did the international acupuncture training (IVAS), took the written and practical exam and fulfilled the requirements for certification January 2013.
Iris covers the fields of Traditional as well as Western Acupuncture and Low Level Laser Therapy. To enhance or sustain the effects, she often uses herbs as well. She combines the scientific approach to herbal medicine with holistic herbal knowledge.
April 2008 until October 2012 Iris has worked in general practice for Arrowfield Veterinary Group in Kington, Herefordshire. Besides horses, dogs and cats she has treated cattle and pet goats holistically, having good results. Acupuncture has become her main interest and October 2012 she left mixed practice to focus on alternative veterinary medicine. January 2013 she became founding member of A.P.-Vet to facilitate the team approach for the benefit of the patients.
Hannah grew up in Herefordshire and was a keen rider and active member of the Golden Valley Pony Club. She had always wanted to work with Horses, and decided to train as a Veterinary Physiotherapist.
Hannah studied Physiotherapy at Keele University, obtaining a BSc in Physiotherapy in 2003. She was fortunate to get a job at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, treating Orthopaedic and Neurological patients and obtaining invaluable experience treating People.
Hannah successfully obtained a place to study Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College, and graduated with a Masters Degree in 2008. Completing this course allowed her to upgrade to a Category A member of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy).
Hannah works for A.P. Vet ltd. treating Horses, Riders, Dogs and Cats in Herefordshire and Powys.
Hannah owns three horses and has competed up to Novice level in British Eventing. She is a keen member of Golden Valley Riding Club and has represented the club in Show Jumping, Horse Trials and Hunter Trials at Championship level.
She also owns two German Shorthaired Pointers, three cats and some fish!