Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)
Western Sydney University
Level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy
(In Progress)
K9HS Physio & Hydrotherapy - Institute of Registered Veterinary & Animal Physiotherapists & Canine Hydrotherapy Association Affiliate
Certificate in Canine Remedial Massage
Dogs in Motion

Annika Le Rade

Canine Wellness Expert & Animal Scientist

Bondi

How it all began

It helps when you grow up with a natural love for animals

Animals – particularly dogs have been a major part of my existence ever since I can remember. Ever since I was bribed to give up dummies with the promise of a dog, I’ve been obsessed.

My first dog came in the form of a beautiful little Maltese Terrier called “Puffy” who I was devoted to.

Learning through a devoted labour of love

My love for animals grew and I began horse-riding lessons at a local riding school.  Luckily enough my mum thought it best for me to have a horse if I really wanted to learn how to ride and so at age 10, my grandfather gave me my first pony, "Freckles” who lived 2 blocks up the road from my house.

I was responsible for all aspects of his care and his health, riding, exercise etc while still having to maintain good grades at school.  

A long family history of working with animals runs in my blood

My love for animals seems to be hard-wired in my blood, my Great Grandfather rode in the Austrian cavalry and was always a great horse-man, while my mother grew up on and still maintains our family cattle farm.

Over the years I have spent much time working with horses in all aspects; nutrition planning and feeding, grooming, show preparation, the always fun job of cleaning up after my horse, and of course riding, at home and competitively. I have also spent much time tending to clients and my own dogs in all aspects of love and care.

Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life.

Marc Anthony was right.
Despite my keen interests in canine health and rehabilitation, I never had the inkling to do veterinary medicine due to the many difficult tasks vets have to deal with on a regular basis.  My idea to begin work in this area first came in 2017 when my current horse Goose was visited by an equine physiotherapist.

I began thinking of ways I could forge a career for myself in this industry. Not wanting to work with horses my mind immediately went to dogs.

Surely if horses and people need rehabilitation and maintenance therapy, why is man's best friend any different?

On a personal note

I have 2 dogs of my own, a beautiful Cavoodle called Pebbles and a cheeky Pomeranian called Pepe-Le-Pew. While I’m blessed that neither of my 2 dogs have required surgery, I still ensure they receive regular body treatments to keep their bodies and minds healthy and happy.

Due to the regular soft tissue therapy both dogs receive, you would have a hard time guessing their age due to their beautiful supple bodies, fantastic joint range of motion and well developed and strong physiques.

Enough about me, let's talk about your dog!