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Small Animal Referral Hospital Physiotherapy



Veterinary Physiotherapy is an evidenced based approach that involves the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and/or neurological conditions in animals. It combines movement analysis with knowledge of the anatomy of the neuro-muscular system to identify potential problems and devise holistic treatment plans. Our physiotherapy team work closely with other veterinary professionals to ensure the correct diagnosis and treatment of our patients.

Inpatient Care

Inpatient Care

Our chartered physiotherapists follow patients throughout their rehabilitation journey. They often see patients the day after surgery within the hospital setting. Our physiotherapists work closely with the multidisciplinary team throughout the hospital, from management of ICU patients to neurological and orthopaedic patients, where physiotherapy is a key component for a successful recovery.

The physiotherapist will often be involved in discharging the patient home with a home care plan that includes specific advice and a home exercise programme. Many of these patients will then return for outpatient rehabilitation where their care plans may be progressed and they may benefit from additional treatments. Once the patient is back to full function they may continue to see our physiotherapists for maintenance appointments to help prevent further injury.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient Care

We offer an outpatient physiotherapy service where we help to manage patients with a wide range of conditions such as osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease and hip dysplasia as well as helping pets rehabilitate following orthopaedic or neurological surgeries. We are happy to see patients from external practice and  primary care vets can refer directly to us.

We also see patients that are referred to us internally from other services in the referral hospital.

Types of treatments available

  • Electrotherapies – there are various forms of electrotherapies that can help with pain management, we commonly use the K-Laser which has been shown to reduce pain and improve healing 
  • Soft tissue and myofascial release - mechanical stimulus that causes a cascade of neurophysiological responses   within   the   peripheral   and   central nervous systems responsible for pain inhibition and improve soft tissue and myofascial mobility 
  • Range of motion and strengthening exercise- Exercise can positively influence pain levels, specific physiotherapy exercises are often set to address muscle wastage and tightness that is often caused by chronic pain.
  • Education – Educating and explaining pain and pain behaviours, as well as lifestyle and environmental factors that influence pain is an essential part of our treatment plans. 
  • Splinting and orthotics – From completing additional training and working closely with the leading orthotic manufactures in Europe, our physiotherapists have a wealth of knowledge to ensure your pet has the best splint or orthotic for them

For more information on ACPAT registered chartered physiotherapists please visit the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy

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Frequently Asked Questions

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