Michelle O'Connor, PhD, BSc, PG Cert Vet Phys (ESVPS)
My passion for horses started early with my Mum and Dad buying my first pony "Silver" from Mayo after years of pestering them for a pony. My first lessons began with Susan and Daphne Burgess at Carrigbeg followed by membership of the Carlow Hunt Pony Club and years of working and being around horses which to this day remains a constant source of enjoyment and fulfilment for me, both practically and academically.
I have competed in many disciplines with both ponies and horses including showjumping, working hunter, showing, eventing, racing and dressage, and also breed and produce horses for racing and showjumping. This experience gives me a fundamental and very practical understanding of the problems that our equine athletes endure during work and performance.
I qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist through the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) accredited Postgraduate programme run at Nottingham University by the CEPT having completed Equine Sciences in the University of Limerick. Prior to this, I had completed my Ph.D in Analytical Science in Dublin City University.
As a Veterinary Physiotherapist, I have been working with all levels of horses and ponies from elite to the pet pony, working with some of the top racehorse trainers and Vets in the country for the past 11 years.
This combination of practical experience and academic training is key to being able to provide a comprehensive Veterinary Physiotherapeutic assessment and programme of rehabilitation in consultation with your Veterinary Surgeon.
If your horse or pony needs assessment and treatment, please call Michelle on :
087 686 2399
In addition to working as a Veterinary Physiotherapist, I have also designed the award-winning patent-pending Harmony Equine Hay Feeder that will allow you to "feed your horse like a horse".
Harmony is the only feeder designed to allow the horse to eat hay all day long at ground level but in a controlled manner "little and often" and it only needs to be filled once a day. For more information on Harmony, please visit