Animals, like people, can get injured or have conditions which cause pain and limit function.
Fortunatley they respond well to the skills and treatments that physiotherapy can offer and over the last decade there has been a huge growth in referrals to specially qualified veterinary/animal physiotherapists.
Denise is one of the UK's fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSP's) who have also trained in assessment and rehabilitation for animals.
Denise qualified first in her year from Cardiff University in 1991 and has been a specialist Orthopaedic Physiotherapist for 15 years.
She went on to gain her qualification in veterinary/animal physiotherapy in 2004 and became a category A member of ACPAT, the association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. See their website www.acpat.org www.acpat.org for more details.
ACPAT members have worked closely with vets since its formation and now Physiotherapy is accepted as an important part of the team.
Physiotherapists have a different but complementary skill set to the vet but can work alongside veterinary surgery and medicine to facilitate better and faster recovery or improve the management of long term conditions.
In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act it is essential that any animal who wishes to be assessed by a physiotherapist is referred by their vet and Denise will keep the vet updated.