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Conditions that benefit from Physio?

  • Joint problems-degenerative joint disease; hip/elbow dysplasia; osteoarthritis; pain; injury)

  • Spinal dysfunctions (back pain; disc related disease; osteoarthritis)

  • Post surgical rehabilitation (for orthopaedic or neurological surgery, or spinal problems)

  • Muscular strains

  • Neurological conditions (CDRM, FCE)

  • Sports or working injuries

  • Performance difficulties

  • Difficulty in functioning (getting up/down; sitting; difficulty jumping up; reluctance to play)

What does ACPAT mean?

 ACPAT stands for- Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. Chartered Physiotherapists are those that have undertaken a degree in human Physiotherapy first, are a member of the HCPC (Health Professions Council) and registered with the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy).

After a minimum of two years working as a human Physiotherapist, then a masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy can be undertaken. This means that ACPAT Physiotherapists have at least 5 years worth of university education, as well as significant clinical experience as a Physiotherapist, before they are able to treat animals.


Only qualified Physiotherapists who are members of the CSP are able to become a member of ACPAT . As the title ‘ veterinary or animal physiotherapist’ is not protected it is important to know the background of your physiotherapist. Ensuring you use someone who is Chartered, ensures the highest quality of care for your animal.

ACPAT Category A members work closely with Veterinary surgeons and Veterinary consent is always obtained before starting Physiotherapy.

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