Fiona has been working with animals since she was young. Taking up riding when she was 5 years old, she quickly fell in love with the sport and the horses. As soon as she could, she started competing in as many different disciplines as she could from dressage, to show jumping to endurance. She quickly found her talent for it and at the age of 13 became an international competitor representing Great Britain. Through competitive horseriding, she learned how to care for her horse, maintaining their fitness and ensuring their welfare. This is paramount across the disciplines including Fiona’s passion of endurance and racehorses. From this intense learning experience, she decided to pursue physiotherapy as a career.
As a category A member of ACPAT, Fiona initially trained as a human physiotherapist receiving her degree from the University of Hertfordshire in 2007. After that she attended the Royal Veterinary College in London, where she was awarded her master’s degree in veterinary Physiotherapy in 2011 and recently, in 2023 PhysioFi became Dr Fiona Bloom when she received her doctorate from the University of West England (Bristol). Her thesis is entitled ‘Equine gait-related eliminations in British endurance: Identifying the risk factors to improve welfare.’ It is no understatement to say that PhysioFi has dedicated her entire life to optimising the welfare and improving the competitive performance of her patients!