Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy

Our Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy teams work closely together, using our award winning facilities, to ensure we can give every patient the best possible rehabilitation and care.

We are a member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association


Hydrotherapy is an ideal way to provide relief from pain and stiffness often caused by conditions such as hip dysplasia, spinal injuries and related conditions, CDRM, OCD, osteoarthritis, pre and post cruciate surgery, stroke and obesity.

  • Our modern heated pool is an ideal size for working with all types of breeds. We have water jets which can increase resistance and also an overhead hoist to help those patients into the pool who are unable to get in safely themselves via the ramp or by manual lifting.
  • In addition to our hydrotherapy pool we have an aquatic treadmill. This new addition to the service allows us to offer a wider range of therapy. This is still water based but with the addition of the treadmill will help develop muscle tone faster and improve the placement and gait of the affected limbs on patients that require this level of therapy. The level of the water used depends on the condition being treated and at what stage in their recovery they are at. This would be worked out on an individual basis to suit the patient’s needs and requirements.
  • Performance enhancing swims for agility and flyball-fit dogs. Unfortunately, due to high demand, we are not able to offer these swims and can only accept medical hydro sessions for the foreseeable future.

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Meet our Head of Hydrotherapy

Jo Handley-Howard

Jo Handley-Howard

Ward Manager and Head of Hydrotherapy, Small Animal

Jo has played a major role in the development of the current Small Animal Centre, from early planning to more recent developments, including launching our hydrotherapy service.

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We are a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists


Our enhanced physiotherapist service provides patients with a range of treatment options, including:

  • Manual therapies such as massage, range of motion (ROM), stretching and fascia release.
  • Electrotherapies such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), laser therapy, and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy.
  • A range of different remedial exercises, compiled into a plan that is tailored specifically to a particular patient and is designed to help them improve their function and quality of life.

Physiotherapy can help patients suffering from a variety of neurological and orthopaedic conditions, hospitalised surgical and non-surgical patients, as well those suffering from osteoarthritis (OA).  It can also provide performance enhancement for athletic and working dogs.

Our Physiotherapist, Matthew, is a registered member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP).

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Meet our Veterinary Physiotherapist

Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott

Veterinary Physiotherapist, Small Animal

Matt works closely with our well established hydrotherapy team and is a registered member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP).

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