Hannah Vet Physio

Hannah Vet Physio

Veterinary Physiotherapist, Guildford
Email: hannah@hannahvetphysio.co.uk

Benefits of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy applies a holistic approach that focuses on an animal’s body as a whole to reduce pain and to restore movement, functional ability and quality of life through natural physical treatments.

Physiotherapy can be used in many different cases for many different reasons.

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain management
  • Post-operative recovery periods – especially for orthopaedic and neurological conditions
  • For a conservative approach to injuries when surgery is not an option
  • Wound healing complications
  • Growth deformities and amputees
  • Improving fitness performance in canine sport
  • Obesity

Signs that your pet could benefit from physiotherapy include:

  • A reduction in the level of activity (sleeping more, hesitating/unable to jump)
  • Stiffness, lameness or a change in the way they move
  • Change in behaviour (aggression, depression, excessive vocalisation)
  • Reduction in performance in canine sport

About Hannah

Improving animal welfare has been a key focus throughout my career. I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse back in 2003, working in various small animal practices. During this time, I became interested in animal behaviour, pain management and rehabilitation so, to expand my knowledge further, I completed a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and PgD in Veterinary Physiotherapy whilst still working in practice.

I am a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and Animal Health Professions Register (AHPR) which require their members to regularly attend CPD to improve their knowledge and skills whilst maintaining high standards of care for our clients. I continue to work as a Veterinary Nurse, which compliments my work as a physiotherapist perfectly.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dogs, friends and family along with training and competing in agility. I have a particular interest in sports fitness and rehabilitation of the canine athlete.

Consultation and Treatments

During the consultation, your pet will have a full body and gait assessment to highlight areas of primary concern including compensatory issues that may have resulted. This information will allow for specific treatments to be carried out and recommended, along with creating a personalised home exercise programme tailored specifically to your pet.

Manual Therapies

Various techniques can be applied to aid in healing, relieve pain and tension, reduce swelling and to promote relaxation and comfort which all helps improve posture, restore movement and helps to prevent secondary complications. These include:

  • Massage and Myofascial Release
  • Stretching
  • Mobilisations
  • Hot/Cold Therapy

Electrotherapies

Electrotherapies can be used to treat a range of conditions including osteoarthritis, muscles spasms, assisting with wound repair, bone and cartilage healing and injuries to the muscles, ligaments and tendons.

The electrotherapies I offer are:

  • Laser Therapy
  • Pulse Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMFT)

They have therapeutic effects by delivering energy through either light or an electric current. This energy can be used to focus on particular issues such as pain relief and tissue healing.

Different factors will be taken into account as to which therapy will be chosen including type and location of injury, any other illness or diseases and how your pet responds to the treatment.

Both therapies are safe to use on patients that have various medical illness or diseases, however there are contraindications of the use with certain conditions, so a full clinical history of your animal is required before treatment can be started.

Remedial Exercises and Home Management

Depending on the goals of your pet's treatment, certain exercises and management recommendations will be prescribed to assist in meeting these goals. They are central to how effective your pet's progress will be throughout the programme. Different targeted exercise can:

  • Improve balance, range of movement and gait abnormalities
  • Increase muscle strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Improve performance in canine sports
  • Optimise tissue healing

Qualifications

Veterinary Physiotherapy (PgD)

A two year post graduate course accredited by the NAVP - the regulating body for Veterinary Physiotherapists in the UK.

Animal Welfare and Behaviour (BSc)

A 3 year course accredited by Kingston University. Undergraduate degree focusing on the behavioural and welfare needs of companion animals.

Veterinary Nursing (NVQ)

A two year course accredited by the RCVS. Since qualifying, Hannah has worked as a registered veterinary nurse in various small animal practices.

Professional Memberships

NAVP

The NAVP (National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists is the UK accrediting body overseeing the Veterinary Physiotherapy profession in the UK

AHPR

AHPR (Animal Health Professions Register) is the oversees the professionals working in the health industry in the UK

RCVS

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is the accrediting body for all Vets and Veterinary Nurses.

Vet Referrals

Physio appointments are held at Alder Vets practice in Guildford, Surrey. Patients can be referred from any vet practice however a referral form is required. Please download the form below.

Costs

Consultation Type Duration Price
Initial Consultation (dog) 1 Hour £45
Initial Consultation (cat) 45 Min £40
Follow up consultation (dog) 45 Min £35
Follow up consultation (cat) 30 Min £30
Laser/Pulse Mag Treatment Session Only 15 Min £15
Laser wound healing course 10 sessions £50

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