Siobhan Menzies graduated from the Royal [Dick] School of Veterinary Studies in 1990. After 2 very enjoyable years in mixed practice in Dromore she moved to small animal practice in Bangor. She studied homeopathy with the Faculty of Homeopathy, physiotherapy at the Royal Vet College and in 2003 she studied acupuncture with the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists eventually serving as a council member.
Siobhan left general practice and established HolisticPet in order to provide complementary therapies in particular acupuncture for pets in NI. In 2007 Siobhan attended the Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program provided by the University of Tennessee. Inspired by this course she opened the province's first dedicated pain management clinic with Earlswood vet referrals housing Northern Ireland's first underwater treadmill. She is the first veterinary professional in Ireland to hold the prestigious CCRP [Canine Certified Rehabilitation Practitioner] qualification, a RACE approved university qualification in canine rehabilitation. Further study with Longview veterinary services and the Western Veterinary Acupuncture group led to a GP Certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain. In addition she has studied Canine Sports Medicine with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute under world famous sports medicine and rehab vet Chris Zink.
HolisticPet now offers veterinary led pain management clinics in Earlswood Vet Referrals; Clare Vet Clinic; Glenburn vet clinic; Cromlyn House Veterinary Hospital and at her home base in Millisle. In June 2017 Siobhan obtained a GP Certificate in Western veterinary acupuncture and chronic pain management. In February 2018 Siobhan became the first vet on the island of Ireland to become an Emmett practitioner for animals.
She is passionate about pain management and continues her studies into all aspects of multimodal analgesia. She is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists; the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Association; the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical therapy; the British Small Animal Veterinary Society. She also serves as a council member for the AVSPNI[ Association of veterinary surgeons practising in Northern Ireland].
She has lectured on a variety of subjects including Veterinary Acupuncture, Chronic Pain Management, Rehabilitation and Medicinal Cannabinoids for BVNA; BSAVA; Hills pet nutrition; BAHVS; Longview veterinary services; Canidol pharmaceuticals as well as presenting in-house CPD. She is currently preparing a practical rehabilitation course for vets and nurses as she is passionate about encouraging this valuable therapy within the profession.