About Pet Acutherapy Gold Coast

From a just vision back in 2010 Pet Acutherapy Gold Coast finally commenced business in 2016 and as such has already gained an excellent reputation for providing a quality service with proven results within the animal acupuncture/rehabilitation therapy field. As such our services have been requested from local Veterinarians, Specialist centres, Horse Trainers, Dog Breeders and Owners of high-level performance horses competing at national levels within Australia. We have been extremely honoured that people entrust our skills to treat their pets from post-surgery rehabilitation to proactively providing support and therapy to increase their pet’s performance and prevent injuries.



The Team

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Karen Shield

Gold Coast Pet Therapist

Karen has always had a love for animals after being born into a dog breeding family, working on a dairy farm, and owning her own horses. After completing school she commenced work as a vet nurse at Burleigh Heads. She then took a side step and studied a Science degree and Post Graduate studies in Psychology and Exercise Physiology.

It was not long before Karen wanted to return to her true passion for working with pets. Transferring her knowledge of veterinarian nursing, exercise physiology and psychology to the animal field she then enrolled and completed a Diploma in Animal Acupuncture Therapies.

Karen has two cats called Mr Finnigan and Harley, a dog called Oddie and a warmblood horse called Karizzma.


Emily Pomfrett

Gold Coast Pet Therapist

Growing up on racehorse studs, Emily says horses are in her blood. Her father was a jockey and from the time she could walk she was riding. At age 6 she began competing in hacking and enjoyed many wins at Royals & Horse of the Year competitions. At age 17 she took a break from competing to complete a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in wildlife biology at Griffith University whilst working as a track rider at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

Building on her science studies further with her love, knowledge, and passion for horses she undertook and completed a Diploma in Animal Acupuncture therapies. Emily loves seeing the response and improvement in every animal she treats. Currently Emily is competing in Young Horse and Dressage competitions with her four-year-old Warmblood Mare ‘Fürst Zara Love’.  Living on acreage in Wongawallan with her husband Steve and son Laker she also has three other horses, two dogs and a cat.