Our vet nurse Rebecca Humphrey has realised her ambition of treating sick animals with physiotherapy and now offers the service here at Spinney Vets.
Rebecca recently completed the BSAVA vet nurse merit award in rehabilitation and physiotherapy and is running physiotherapy and osteoarthritis clinics at our Kettering Road hospital.
The service aids the recovery of pets who may have undergone orthopaedic surgery.
Rebecca said: “Physiotherapy has been found to aid the recovery of pets who have undergone orthopaedic surgery by reducing pain and increasing muscle strength and flexibility.
“It works in a similar way to human physiotherapy, in assessing the patient’s abilities and producing a personalised physiotherapy plan to aid the animal’s rehabilitation needs.
“These can include complimentary therapies, passive or active exercises, massages and other techniques to support the animal.”
Rebecca will also be teaching pet owners physiotherapy techniques so they can continue treating their pet at home.
“After being diagnosed by a vet, we offer osteoarthritis mobile clinics to help owners learn more about the disease and how they can help their pets.
“This includes noticeable signs of pain, ways to slow down the deterioration of the disease, weight management, home environment, exercise routines, nutritional supplements and complimentary therapies.”
Iain Fletcher, clinical director here at Spinney Vets, said: “Rebecca has worked really hard to achieve her qualification, which will benefit our patients who require physio and rehab treatment. We are all extremely proud of her and pleased her dedication has been awarded.”
Although primarily offered to dogs, who tend to suffer from joint problems more due to their size, the clinics are also available to cats.
Please get in touch with us to find out more details.