ABOUT

I'm a qualified Animal Physiotherapist and a memeber of IAAT, which is a governing body covering  Animal Physiotherapy,Osteopathy,Animal Manipulation / Spinal Therapy, Massage and Hydrotherapy.

I qualified in March 2014 from The College of Animal Physiotherapy (TCAP) and I have always had a very keen interest in the rehabilitation of animals following injury or surgery.

I am based in Little Hallingbury and cover a 25 mile radius of my home address.

I am fulled insured and all my work is carried out with Veterinary referral as this type of work comes under The Veterinary Surgery (Exemption) order 1962 which states "all physiotherpy treatment undertaken must be under veterinary referral.

 

 

 

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Vicki Youens

Animal Physiotherapist

 

I have worked within the animal industry for over 20 yrs now and have always had a keen interest in the rehabilitation of animals following injury and surgery.  Prior to becoming a physiotherapist I worked at a wildlife park dealing with a variety of animals on a daily bases.  In 2008 I was made redundant from the wildlife park and it was then that I made the decission to look into becoming a physiotherist and go on to train as one.

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Animal Physiotherapy

One definition is:

‘Physiotherapy uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being’.

This is the definition given for physiotherapy within the human medical world, however it still holds true and accurate for the veterinary patient.

 

Following any sort of health issue, whether it is a medical condition, or intervention for an orthopaedic or neurological condition, many veterinary patients are significantly affected with regards to their function. Recumbency (this means lying down or resting) – whether or not it is because of an inability following severe medical illness, pain, or enforced by the surgeon following complex surgery – will certainly lead to muscle wasting and tightness in muscles and joints, if not other complications involving the cardiovascular, respiratory and psychological systems.

 

Animal physiotherapists are trained in both manual techniques, such as acupressure, myofascial release, trigger point release, massage, soft tissue work and joint mobilisation, as well as electrotherapies such as laser, ultrasound, electro stimulation and pulsed electromagnetic therapy.   These are combined with the aim to promote and speed up recovery to good independent function, maintain and prevent secondary preventable complications developing and essentially restore the veterinary patient to good functional status.   Post treatment and when appropriate, a full exercise rehabilitation programme can be written specifically for your animals condition to ensure the body can repair correctly and reduce the incidence of re-injury.