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Natalie Fizio

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (2011)

Natalie Fizio

I studied BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from 2008-2011. I attended several University of Bradford open days whilst choosing a University and the staff and current students I met on these greatly influenced my final choice. 

Everyone was very friendly and I felt they answered my questions honestly. This continued throughout my time there studying. All the tutors were very approachable and willing to help as much as possible.  The teaching was brilliant; the tutors’ styles were well suited to their subject and students, with a lot of interaction and a practical, clinical emphasis. Lectures were always relaxed and light hearted which I believe makes for a better learning environment. I am still in contact with the tutors and they have continued to be supportive, demonstrating a level of commitment for which I am very grateful.

Other factors that attracted me to the University of Bradford was the lack of an undergrad dissertation and the range of exam styles used, including practical, theoretical, oral, clinical and assignments. I thought this mixture would give me the best chance of doing well as my stronger areas would bolster those less so (mainly presentations!) - whilst giving me chance to improve and develop my weaker areas. Being able to present is an important part of being a physio, for example, within the NHS to be able to present a case to the multidisciplinary team in a succinct and timely manner, whilst in private practice, layman lectures are a great way to get yourself known and show off what you know to your potential client base.

There was a great balance within the physiotherapy department between academia and experiencing uni life. I made lots of friends at uni, many of whom I’m still in contact with, despite us having all gone our separate ways.

Starting the season after I left Bradford and whilst studying for an MSc, I worked as physio and pitch side first aider for a local rugby team. Despite having only just qualified and taking on quite a high pressure role, I felt well prepared to do this through the wide range of clinical placements undertaken at uni and the experience I gained dealing with various situations that they provided.

After passing my undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy, I went straight on to study for a post-graduate diploma, followed by an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy, which was always my long term goal. I have achieved this and am now running my own business providing physiotherapy for horses, dogs and humans: www.hilltopvetphysio.co.uk. I see a wide range of patients from international elite competition horses to rescue dogs. My caseload now has an equine bias, though I still see a variety of conditions from musculoskeletal to orthopaedic to neurological, both in horses and their riders.

I firmly believe that my experience at Bradford gave me an excellent start along my chosen career path; I thoroughly enjoyed my time at there and would highly recommend their Physiotherapy course to anyone wanting to pursue physiotherapy as an occupation.

Natalie Fizio - Physiotherapy alumna