Teaching osteopathy in sunny Rome

This podcast was originally broadcast as an episode of The Missing Link on Corinium Radio back in 2018 when travel was pretty much taken for granted.

It follows pioneering osteopath Tony Nevin, as he shares some of the many experiences he encounters whilst treating people and some of the world’s most amazing animals.

In this episode Tony arrives in Rome ready to teach a class of final year osteopathic students the intricacies of treating dogs. …

A novel radio show

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How it all began

It’s funny how a chance conversation can have a massive effect on one’s life. This is exactly what happened to me whilst treating a patient I had known for more than 30 years. I originally met Chris when I secured a part time job at our local Odeon cinema, whilst still studying to become an osteopath.

Now all these years later Chris, who used to be the chief projectionist, was visiting me to seek help for an old back injury.

As I worked away on his muscles and joints, we chatted about life in general, and then I asked him…

Animal Advocacy

Helping our garden visitors survive and thrive

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Hedgehogs are one of the few universally loved creatures. This is despite them being quite messy little things. Gardeners love the fact that they eat lots of the common pests that attack their favourite plants. Sometimes they are living in our back yards without us having a clue.

Sadly they are declining in the UK. There are many reasons for this, and pretty much all are due to us having a negative impact on their environment. …


Saving wildlife can be a daunting task

Examining a hedgehog casualty. Author’s own image

Hedgehogs are tough little creatures but they aren’t indestructible. Apart from natural predation in the UK from badgers, rats; and unnatural predation from domestic dogs there are a multitude of other things that can cause them serious, as well as fatal injuries.

Hedgehogs forage, and this often brings them into close contact with man made dangers such as plastic netting, garden or baler twine, or toxins such as slug pellets. Lactose (milk) put out by well meaning people is highly toxic to hedgehogs.

Plastic is often discarded without a thought of the consequences. Apart from the vast continent of it…

Animal Advocacy

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With increased life span expectancy of our best friends it should come as no surprise to see that osteoarthritis is becoming a common companion for dogs in later stages of their lives. It doesn’t only affect the elderly animal either. Many breeds can suffer from congenital orthopaedic conditions, which predispose them to accelerated wear and tear to particular joints such as hips, elbows and carpus (wrists to you and me).

What can we do to help?

First of all we must recognize that osteoarthritis is a fact of life. Then we need to look at how we can delay its onset, and if already present, how…


Safe handling whilst treating a Bearded Dragon. Author’s own image.

Osteopathy is often referred to as a science and an art. Nowhere is this more relevant than when applied to the treatment of reptiles. This branch of the animal kingdom presents many unique, and at first glance baffling aspects that can easily put off the manual therapist.

Reptiles come in many shapes and sizes. Some are easy to handle whilst others are not. They all require specific knowledge to care for them properly, and many make excellent pets. However they are a world away from your average soft, furry friends when it comes to assessing and treating.

Before I get…

Podcasts for continuing professional development

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Who listens to them?

Podcasting are on the rise with the advent of radio stations creating “listen again” services for all of their shows. On top of this are the myriad other shows that individuals create to share ideas and subject matter. These often cover niche areas of interest, but who are they really aimed at?

Many professionals like to use their commuter time or lunch breaks listening to informative, and educational podcasts. …

An innovative approach to complementary medicine

Releasing soft tissue tension around the throat. Author’s own photo.

Meet Pum Pui, a Thai elephant in her late 40’s. At some time in her past she was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle and sustained life changing injuries to her right hind leg.

Now happily living at The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), in the northern most tip of Thailand, she receives all of the veterinary care and benefits that the foundation has to offer, including osteopathy.

For a country often criticised for it’s use of elephants in tourism, the many Thai people involved with the foundation and its many followers have been incredibly open to…

A UK model

Author’s own image

Osteopathy has been around in its’ present guise for well over 100 years. Since 1993, when parliament passed The Osteopaths Act, it has been classified as a Primary Healthcare profession, and as such is exempt from value added tax (VAT). The significance of this is that people no longer need to be referred to an osteopath, as these services are deemed, by law, to be an essential part of healthcare, in the same way that dentistry is.

Where this becomes a little less clear is in the field of veterinary medicine. This is not classified as a primary healthcare profession…

Here’s our new name

Treating the forelimb of a Cheetah. Author’s own image.

We used to be called “News Roundup” but decided we needed a new name to emphasize what we are really about, delivering all of the exciting news from our weekly clinics treating all things “people, animals, and birds” with osteopathy.

An average week will see people, horses, dogs, the occasional cat, and oodles of British and exotic wildlife patients. Zoo Ost is a truly unique consultation service. For more than 30 years we have provided osteopathic care to some pretty amazing patients.

Hedgehog osteopathy. Author’s own image.

Who would have thought it would be possible to use osteopathy to treat…

Tony Nevin

BSc (Hons) Ost, DO / Osteopath, Lecturer, Speaker, Broadcaster (The Missing Link on Corinium Radio and Zoo Ost on YouTube), Author and Writer

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