BSc(Hons), MCSP, HPC, MSc (Vet Phys.) ACPAT CAT A
Kat is a member of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Animal Therapy). This means she has an undergraduate degree in Human Physiotherapy, worked within the human field and then has undertaken a Masters Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Kat is fully registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and carries professional liability insurance. This extensive list of regulating bodies ensures that safe, high quality and current evidenced based assessments and treatments are utilised when Kat is treating your animals.
Kat has been a human physio since 2007, she now works within private practice as a specialist in neurological paediatrics. Working in the human field has given Kat many transferrable skills to enhance her animal practice, including anatomy knowledge, detailed objective assessments and strong clinical reasoning.
Kat is an animal physiotherapist treating horses, dogs, cats and other small animals. Kat travels within the local community of Bristol / South Gloucestershire & Bath to treat at equestrian yards and small animals in peoples own homes. Kat is currently on maternity leave; covering workload is her excellent ACPAT colleague Kamil Southwick
Kat qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist in 2015; creating Kat Clarke Physiotherapy. She completed her Masters project, with distinction, in Canine Rehabilitation techniques. Since qualifying Kat has built a wealth of experience within the equine field, treating all levels of competitive horses, from 5* eventers to retired field ponies! She has been lucky to work at a small animal hospital, seeing very acute injury and post operative orthopaedic & neurological cases. Kat then expanded her small animal work to manage physiotherapy services at a hydrotherapy centre; giving her further knowledge and experience with the underwater treadmill and a wider caseload base.
Kat has developed a keen interest in canine neurological cases due to similarities in assessment & treatment in her human specialty. In addition to rehabilitation, Kat enjoys seeing sporting dogs & performance enhancement; agility began as a casual hobby for her collie cross Fly & has become a passion for both of them!
Kat loves all aspects of her job and still jumps at the opportunity to treat any animal; she now has a wealth of experience within equine, canine and feline physiotherapy and would happily transfer her skills to other animals as required!
BSc(Hons), MCSP, HPC, PGDip (Vet Phys.) ACPAT CAT A
Kamil graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy from UWE Bristol in 2017 and returned to her hometown of Leicester to complete her core physiotherapy rotations as a human Chartered Physiotherapist. She moved back to Bristol to specialise in human musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy, and in 2022 qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist, after undertaking the Hartpury University Veterinary Physiotherapy Masters programme. During her qualification Kamil worked as a Veterinary Physiotherapist Assistant in the equine world to further her experience and then shortly after qualifying she assisted Kat with dog rehabilitation at Animal Rehab Clinic in Wapley.
Kamil continues to treat NHS patients in an inpatient reablement centre and practices privately within human physiotherapy. In addition to this she has a busy animal workload of both equine and canine cases.
A keen learner, Kamil has undertaken multiple CPD courses throughout her career and realising the value and importance of peer working, became a member of specialist physiotherapist Dave O’Sullivan’s mentorship programme, joining an international group of like-minded therapists to continue expanding her physiotherapy knowledge and skills.
Kamil has owned her own horses for most of her adult lifetime and sees four paws being added to her family in the near future!
WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Chartered Physiotherapists use thorough assessments and biomechanical analysis to treat or rehabilitate following surgery, injury, illness or to maintain and enhance sporting performance.
PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN ASSIST WITH:
Dogs / Horses / Cats
Care of the Older Animal & Management of chronic conditions e.g. Osteoarthritis / Weight Management / Weakness
Conservative management of Orthopaedic Conditions e.g. Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Cruciate Disease, Patella Issues…etc
Post Operative Orthopaedic e.g. Cruciate repair - TPLO, Lateral Suture; Hip surgery – FHNE; Elbow Arthroscopy…etc.
Conservative Management of Neurological cases e.g. Intervertebral Disc Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy
Neurological conditions or post surgery e.g. Hemilaminectomy
Treatment & rehabilitation of Soft tissue injuries
Performance enhancement / Discipline specific Strength & Conditioning / MOT sessions for our Sporting Animals
Hands on techniques - massage / soft tissue release / joint mobilisations / sensory techniques
Electrotherapy - pulsed electromagnetic energy / low level laser / light therapy / muscle stim or TENs
Exercise programmes - range of movement / stretches / strength and proprioception
Static postures, gait re-education and proprioception work
Endurance and stamina training
Fitting of wheels for neurological dogs
Advice & education
Orthotic advice and application
Referral to hydrotherapy / Liaison with other professionals.
AIMS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY:
Restore or maintain range of movement
Improve day to day function
Improve / maintain good gait pattern
If you are currently claiming on insurance it is likely you will be able to claim for Physiotherapy, we
will provide invoices for you to claim the money back.
We are unable to accept insurance direct payment. You will be asked to pay by cash or card on the day of treatment.
DOGS & SMALL ANIMALS
FOLLOW UP SESSIONS
SPORTS EXERCISE FOLLOW UP SESSIONS
FOLLOW UP SESSIONS
Initial assessments include vet liaison prior to appointment, tailored exercise sheet and assessment report to vet
Appointments last for around 1 hour
*30 minutes max, no hands on / rehab needs
Please contact for discount details for multi bookings (3 or over in same location) or if animal in charity care.
As part of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, there must be approval from your Vet prior to any assessment or treatment, therefore they will be contacted prior to your appointment.
Kat treats animals in their home environment. She will bring any required equipment to you. Please see mileage details for any travel charge.
MILEAGE FROM BS36 2HW:
0 - 10
10 - 15
*Travel map indicative only, for true mileage costs routes will be checked on Google Maps
EDUCATION / TRAINING:
Kat is able to offer education sessions / presentations and practical experience for horse / dog owners and other animal professionals including veterinary nurses.
Kat is able to provide presentations on a wide range of topics and will design a bespoke session to meet your training needs and be appropriate for the target audience. This can be arranged to be face to face or online based.
Please contact us with details of the training or education you require and the target audience for the training so we may further discuss costs.
Kat is on the University of Liverpool and Hartpury College (UWE) educator list and is insured to accept ACPAT Physiotherapy students. Please email to arrange – be aware Kat is part time, so may need to be flexible to fit in your hours.