February 25, 2021

Oxford Veterinary Physiotherapy


05 Jan 2021 Covid update. We are open for video consult physiotherapy for animals.  We are accepting new vet referrals and upon receipt will contact you by phone to discuss how your animal is doing and to then request certain videos be taken by yourself and sent to us. We will analyse the videos in a similar manner to how we would in person and then provide therapeutic advice and a home exercise therapy program. There is a reduced cost for this service. All followups will be by video analysis. We will only commence home visits once we feel it is safe to do so. Please see Covid-19 info page  or Tab above for more info..

Nycky Edleston and Leanne Baker are  ACPAT  and RAMP registered Veterinary Physiotherapists who specialises in the treatment and physical rehabilitation of  dogs, horses, cats and other animals within Oxfordshire, Swindon and surrounding counties.

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Physiotherapists are movement specialists and provide treatments to optimise quality pain-free movements.Canine physiotherapy
Physiotherapy will

  • Reduce pain, discomfort and stiffness
  • Provide Rehabilitation after an operation to limbs or back
  • Reduce muscle tension and soreness
  • Provide rehabilitation after spinal injury in pets
  • Provide Rehabilitation after injury to tendons,ligaments or muscle
  • Improve athletic performance and reduce risk of injury
  • Treat sore and stiff backs
  • Improve quality of life for older animals

Animals will compensate for pain or injury and hence over-use other parts of their body, increasing risk of injury to them. Physiotherapy provided early in the healing process will improve healing quality, functional movement and reduce movement compensations. Most animals try hard to hide pain and so their discomfort is often more than you can see.

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As a Chartered Physiotherapist & Veterinary Physiotherapist we first trained to treat people then a further 2 years Masters level training to treat animals.  We provide physiotherapy and rehabilitation for pets and sporting athletes, old or young at your place. Veterinary approval is required to treat your animal. 

For more detail about physiotherapy please read on or select the page that fits your requirements.

ACPAT Physiotherapists

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal TherapyTo qualify to treat animals as an ACPAT physio, training includes first a degree in human Physiotherapy with over 1000 hours hands on physiotherapy skills training, followed by working with humans. Nycky then proceeded to 2 years post-graduate training at the Royal Veterinary College to translate those skills and knowledge across to animals.

This extensive training provides the ACPAT Physiotherapist with a combination of hands on physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills with veterinary based knowledge of musculoskeletal function and injury in animals.

The professional body overseeing these physiotherapists is the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT). To comply with legislation from the 1966 veterinary act, a veterinary Physio will work with the approval or referral of your veterinary surgeon.


Chartered Physiotherapist

Chartered Society of PhysiotherapyOnce qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist, there are many areas of speciality that we can work in.

Nycky has worked in a number of areas of Physio within the NHS, private and charity sector. Specialist areas included multiple sclerosis, complex disability, the elderly, people with a learning disability, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal conditions. We use many of the skills, knowledge and research from human physiotherapy to optimise the movement of animals large and small.

RAMP – Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners

The RAMP register  aims to endorse best practice methods in the industry of animal musculoskeletal therapy. RAMP was established in September 2016 and is intended to help veterinary surgeons and animal owners choose professionals providing chiropractic, osteopathic and physiotherapy techniques who are not regulated by the RCVS for the treatment of animals. Practitioners on the Register may belong to a variety of professional associations and may have qualified at different training establishments, but still continue to meet RAMP’s Gold Standard in practice.