All physiotherapists are members of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Animal Therapy). This means we all have undergraduate degrees in Human Physiotherapy, worked within the human field and then have undertaken a post graduate diploma or Masters Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy. We are fully registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and individually we all carry professional liability insurance. This extensive list of regulating bodies ensures that safe, high quality and current evidenced based assessments and treatments are utilised when we are treating your animals.
Kat Clarke Physiotherapy comprises of a small team of animal physiotherapists treating horses, dogs and other small animals. We travel within our local community of Bristol, South Gloucestershire & Bath Region, to treat horses and dogs in their own homes. We are also clinic based for canine appointments working at the Animal Rehab Clinic near Westerleigh, Bristol. The clinic also offers excellent hydrotherapy facilities, skilled hydrotherapists and a chronic pain vet led service -
MEET THE PHYSIOTHERAPISTS:
BSc(Hons), MCSP, HPC, MSc (Vet Phys.) ACPAT CAT A
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 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 referral centre, seeing very acute injury and post operative orthopaedic & neurological cases. Kat has developed a keen interest in neurological cases due to similarities in assessment & treatment in her human specialty. In addition to rehabilitation, Kat specialises in sporting dogs & performance enhancement; agility began as a casual hobby her collie cross Fly & has become a passion for both of them!
BSc(Hons), MCSP, HPC, PGDip (Vet Phys.) ACPAT CAT A
Emily qualified in human Physiotherapy in 2018; she continues to work in the NHS, working within elderly care and rehabilitation since graduating. Always having the intention of working with animals, Emily studied alongside her Undergraduate degree to become a Canine Hydrotherapist and qualified in 2016. Emily has worked as a Canine Hydrotherapist whilst further studying to expand her skills in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Her time as a hydrotherapist has enabled her to develop a great eye for canine biomechanics, a sensitive approach in her handling and experience working with a wide variety of breeds & personalities. Emily went on to graduate from Hartpury University 2020 with a PGDip in Veterinary Physiotherapy.
Emily is passionate about treating dogs, but will eagerly treat any animal, and it is her life goal to treat an alpaca! Emily spends most of her spare time with her lurcher, Wiggles & two rabbits, Perla and Suzy. You will often find her mooching in the countryside or snuggled with a good book.
BSc(Hons), MCSP, HPC, PGDip (Vet Phys.) ACPAT CAT A
Zellah qualified in 2012 in Physiotherapy. She has worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS & Sports settings; including acute trauma, neurological & rehabilitation specialities. Zellah continues her human practice in musculoskeletal injury & sport specific performance - focussing mainly on horse riders.
In 2018, Zellah qualified with a PgDip in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Since qualifying, Zellah has gained extensive experience working with high level performance dogs, GB team agility dogs & their handlers - providing specific strength & conditioning programmes, maintenance reviews & keeping these athletes injury free. Zellah also enjoys treating a variety of canine post op cases, management of acute & chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as neurological rehabilitation.
Zellah has a largely equine background, having always owned & competed with her horses - she is currently working up the levels with her new event horse Bally. This background developed her specific interest in horse and rider performance & enables Zellah to provide a thorough understanding of what each discipline requires - allowing for a detailed assessment & treatment for each individual horse.
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.
KAT CLARKE PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN ASSIST WITH:
Management of chronic conditions, e.g. Osteoarthritis
Treatment & rehabilitation of Soft tissue injuries
Conservative management of Orthopaedic Conditions e.g. Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Cruciate Disease
Management of Neurological cases e.g. Intervertebral Disc Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy
Post Operative Rehabilitation; Orthopaedic e.g. TPLO, Lateral Suture, FHNE
Neurological conditions or post surgery e.g. Hemilaminectomy
Performance enhancement / Discipline specific Strength & Conditioning / MOT sessions for our Sporting Animals
Lifestyle / Weight Management Programmes
TREATMENT TECHNIQUES WE USE:
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
Advice & education
Orthotic advice and application
Referral to hydrotherapy / Liaison with other professionals.
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.
MILEAGE FROM BS36 2HW:
0 - 10
10 - 15
*Travel map indicative only, for true mileage costs routes will be checked on Google Maps
DOGS & SMALL ANIMALS
FOLLOW UP SESSIONS
SPORTS EXERCISE 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 prices 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.
If you would like your animal treated in their own home please refer to below travel charges. To avoid travel charges book an appointment at Animal Rehab Clinic – Wapley Riding Stables, Wapley Hill, Westerleigh, Bristol, BS37 8RJ
EDUCATION / TRAINING:
Kat Clarke Physiotherapy are able to offer education sessions / presentations and practical experience for 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. During Coronavirus pandemic these education sessions can be transferred to online courses via Zoom rather than face to face contact.
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 also insured to take on ACPAT Physiotherapy students and is on the University of Liverpool and Hartpury College (UWE) educator list. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 Kat is unable to accept students at the current time due to limited clinical space and difficulty with social distancing within this space. She hopes this service may be able to resume in late 2021.