Why use a Chartered Physiotherapist / ACPAT (Veterinary) Physiotherapist?

  • Neither the term ‘Veterinary Physiotherapist’ nor ‘Animal Physiotherapist’ is a ‘protected title’. This surprisingly means that anyone can lawfully call themselves this, regardless of their qualifications. ‘Chartered Physiotherapist’ is however a protected title by law, and denotes a high level of academic and practical qualification. You should always look for this when seeking a physiotherapist.
  • Unlike many other animal therapy related professions (such as an ‘equine back man’ or an ‘equine massage therapist’) an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist is a movement specialist and is fully trained to properly assess the gait, movement and function of an animal. Factors such as pain, muscle tension and weakness commonly occur as a result of movement dysfunction. An ACPAT Physiotherapist can work to treat the cause of a problem as well as the symptoms.
  • All ACPAT Category A Veterinary Physiotherapists have initially trained as a Human Physiotherapist providing an essential knowledge and skills base. They have then undergone a 2 year degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy and are obliged by their professional body to continuously develop & update their skills.
  • An ACPAT Physiotherapist will only assess and treat your animal with consent from your vet. This is corresponding with Veterinary legislation and is required to carry out all types of animal therapy. Working in conjunction with your vet ensures the animal’s best interests are met.
  • An ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist has been the choice of the GB Equestrian Olympic Team since 1992. A team of ACPAT Physiotherapists were selected to provide treatment all for international equine athletes at the London 2012 Olympics.


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