Eaton Veterinary Practice is now offering an in-house veterinary physiotherapy

Eaton Veterinary Practice is now offering an in-house veterinary physiotherapy service provided by Zara Holt who is a fully qualified (PgDip Vetphys) and insured member of National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). Zara has completed 2 years of her post-graduate course and is currently studying for a Masters to complete Level 7 training and further her knowledge.

What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

Veterinary Physiotherapy is a science-based profession, providing functional assessment following veterinary referral. Physiotherapy is tailored to individual patient needs ensuring a holistic approach is provided throughout assessment and treatment. Physiotherapists work as part of a veterinary team to help in the treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Physiotherapy can also be used for maintenance or for performance development in athletic individuals, helping to reduce the risk of injury and maximise progression.

What does a physiotherapy session entail?

A thorough assessment includes observing your animal both statically and dynamically as well as discussing overall management. A static assessment is used to assess posture and conformation, whereas a dynamic assessment is used to observe how your animal moves to determine abnormalities and areas of compensation.

A soft tissue and skeletal assessment are then carried out to identify areas of discomfort, asymmetry and movement abnormalities.

What treatments will my animal receive?

Your animal will receive a tailored treatment plan based on assessment findings and clinical history. Treatment and techniques may include;

  • Laser therapy
  • Pulsed magnetic field therapy
  • Heat/Cold therapy
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Remedial Exercise

What conditions can be treated by a physiotherapist?

  • Hip/Elbow dysplasia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fractures/wounds
  • Luxating patella and cruciate rupture/injuries
  • Neurological conditions including intervertebral disc disease and fibrocartilaginous embolism
  • Acute/chronic pain

What are the benefits of physiotherapy?

  • Reduces pain
  • Improves mobility
  • Improves muscle strength
  • Increases circulation and promotes tissue healing
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Aids post-surgery recovery

What will the cost of physiotherapy be for my pet?

  • Initial appointment- £60
  • Follow-up appointments- £45

Will my insurance company cover the cost of physiotherapy?

Many insurance companies will cover physiotherapy as a complementary treatment but we recommend checking your policy prior to starting treatment. NAVP members are approved by insurance companies.

If you think your animal would benefit from physiotherapy and would like to discuss this further, please call the practice on 01603 455196 or email us