Veterinary Physiotherapy

Just like humans, animals respond to physiotherapy. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function and independence.

From post-surgical management, injury treatment without surgery, management of conditions in the older patient and preventative strengthening; physiotherapy serves to optimise recovery and performance. It is an essential addition to the management of a wide plethora of conditions.

Our veterinary physiotherapists are trained to post-graduate level and are both Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) and Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) registered. Therefore, you can be assured that all our therapists comply with the highest standards and demonstrate specialist knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and physiology.

Our veterinary physiotherapists work as part of our multidisciplinary team treating both inpatients, outpatients and stand-alone referrals. They strive to maximise outcomes and minimise any hospitalisation duration.

Appointments with a veterinary physiotherapist include a thorough assessment, allowing treatments and home exercise programmes to be individually prescribed and progressed as the pet continues to improve. They also give the owner the opportunity to ask questions about the recovery pathway in real-time and allow the rapid identification of any issues in the recovery process. The physiotherapist will keep the clinician regularly updated on pets’ progress and discuss any issues/concerns with them promptly.


There are many conditions which can benefit from veterinary physiotherapy input:


Many patients with neurological conditions can benefit from physiotherapy whether that is post-operative recovery or conservative treatments when surgical management isn’t appropriate/possible.

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Conservative management
  • Balance retraining
  • Gait re-education
  • Restoration of independence and normal movement patterns
  • Home management of the neurologic patient
  • Utilisation of appropriate devices for improved handling, mobility and home management


Patients receiving treatment for orthopaedic conditions such as cruciate disease or elbow dysplasia can also benefit from post-operative management and home exercise programmes or it may be decided that conservative management is the best/only option for a particular patient.

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Conservative management and strengthening
  • Preventative strategies
  • Taping
  • Splinting/ Bracing
  • Mobility assistance

Geriatric Care

Unfortunately we are unable to stop time and ageing is an inevitable part of our pet’s lives. However physiotherapy can be very effective in maximising quality of life for geriatric patients with conditions such as osteoarthritis and reduced mobility. Veterinary physiotherapists are also experts in providing you with advice on how you may be able to help your pet manage better at home.

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Global weakness
  • Instability/infirmness
  • Mobility aids
  • Home management

Pain Management

Sometimes a case may be complex or a pet may be being treated for a variety of conditions. These cases may require long term management. As with the geriatric patients, physiotherapy can help to optimise quality of life in these cases. Complications – some patients can experience secondary issues while hospitalised that are often associated with recumbency. Physiotherapy can help to resolve and minimise these issues.

Every pet undergoes a detailed assessment of their condition to allow a tailored plan to be made. Veterinary physiotherapy encompasses a variety of manual therapies, electrotherapies and exercise prescription. We use a variety of techniques such as massage and joint mobilisations, and patient specific exercise programmes that help your pet regain balance, strength, flexibility and co-ordination. The overall aim of treatment is to restore your pets function and performance to the best possible level.

  • Multidisciplinary management of complex cases


What our clients say:

Vincent Ward
Vincent Ward
An exemplary practice in all respects. The veterinary surgeons, nurses and support staff continue to take such wonderful care of my Labrador, Albie. He could not be in safer hands. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this practice to all those seeking specialist medical treatment for their beloved pets.
John Taylor
John Taylor
Caring staff, saved my dog's life
Lisa Braithwaite
Lisa Braithwaite
Absolutely incredible team, everyone was extremely friendly and the vets were amazing. So knowledgable and communicated everything to us about our dog. The treatment our dog received was amazing and when we picked him up we had a full care plan going forward. I would 100% recommend if your pet needs specialist treatment!
Vicki Lester
Vicki Lester
Absolutely fantastic service. From the receptionist to the vets and nurses, they were all brilliant. Made a very stressful time easier for us. Very grateful for their compassion and support in making the right decisions for our little Bella
Pam Adshead
Pam Adshead
Cannot praise them highly enough. They saved Harry’s life, everybody from reception through to Serena were incredibly kind and compassionate. Thank you doesn’t cover it
Rosie J
Rosie J
Bruno was treated amazingly, like he was one of your family, thanks!
Wow what an amazing practice! Such a welcoming environment with very friendly receptionists. We saw Francesca today whose knowledge is phenomenal, and she really took the time to talk in depth about our concerns and to get a very in depth history. She even went out of her way to get a neurologist to look at our dog to give us peace of mind. Blood tests done same day no issues. Highly recommend. Thank you Northwest!
Bob Neale
Bob Neale
From arrival at the hospital under very traumatic circumstances we were supported and reassured that we were in the best place possible for our pet dog to recover from her injury. Everyone we met was understanding, empathetic, very reassuring and this was a great help. "Thank you" is not enough to express our level of appreciation.

Arranging a Referral or Case Advice

If you are a veterinary professional and would like to make a referral, or require pre-referral advice about a patient, please use the online forms.

Meet the Team

Our veterinary physiotherapists