Veterinary physiotherapy is a science and evidence-based profession. Our aim is to reduce pain, improve movement, and restore normal muscle function.
Veterinary physiotherapy can be used in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, for prehabilitation before and rehabilitation after surgery, for performance development of the equine or canine athlete, and for long-term management of a number of musculoskeletal or neurological injuries and conditions, such as:
Veterinary physiotherapy can assist in the management of acute and chronic pain.
The veterinary physiotherapist uses a variety of manual therapies such as massage techniques and stretching, as well as electrotherapies / electrophysical agents, including LASER, and INDIBA and will be able to create a bespoke home exercise plan to meet your animal's individual needs. More information below.
Sarah Keith is our principal and the owner of White Rose Veterinary Physiotherapy. In 2023 she is joined by two new vet physio's; Lois and Izzy. All of our physiotherapists are fully insured, are members of the NAVP, and are professionally registered.
We work alongside both first opinion and referral veterinary practices, as well as the rest of the multidisciplinary team, which includes other MSK professionals, hydrotherapists, saddle fitters, dental technicians, farriers, trainers etc.
We are always happy to discuss collaboration with other therapists who wish to join the White Rose family. Please get in touch for more info.
Sarah is qualified in veterinary physiotherapy to post-graduate level (Master of Science). She is co-chair of the executive committee of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists, and is registered with the Animal Health Professions’ Register (AHPR) under the veterinary physiotherapy sub-group. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. In March 2023 she became an #SBS Winner. You can find out more about this scheme by clicking the button below. Sarah has previously worked for several national animal welfare charities as well as being a volunteer on her local BHS committee. She is also a qualified lecturer, providing guest lectures and CPD for a range of organisations including the Fire Service, as well as teaching and assessing vet physio students at post-grad level. Sarah covers East and North Yorkshire, and parts of South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, with further travel available upon request.
Lois has an undergraduate degree in human physiotherapy from Huddersfield University, and a post graduate diploma in veterinary physiotherapy from Harper Adams University, and is currently studying towards her MSc. Her area of specialism is hunt horses, but she treats equines of all shapes and sizes! She is based in the Yorkshire Wolds and covers the surrounding area. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, as field master of the Highmoor Bloodhounds, and playing ice hockey. Lois also has her own horse, Quartz (pictured), who enjoys nothing more than bouncing round the countryside and a stop off for a picnic or a pub lunch!
Izzy has an undergraduate degree in Equine Science from Oxford Brooke’s University, and a post-graduate diploma in veterinary physiotherapy from Writtle University College. She treats both horses and dogs but particularly enjoys treating showjumpers and ex-racehorses. Alongside vet physio she enjoys spending time with her Vislas, and walking all over Yorkshire and the East coast. She is also a keen photographer.
The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) was formed in 1985, and exists to promote the professional practice and standards of its members, who are all qualified to at least level 6. The NAVP has a code of conduct and ethics which all members must abide by and an annual continuous professional development requirement, in order to maintain and enhance clinical skills.
Sarah is also an INDIBA certified professional, meaning she has the necessary qualifications and training to use this modality. This technology is only available via veterinary physiotherapists / chiropractors/ osteopaths who meet the necessary standards and level of academic qualifications. See the INDIBA section of the website for more info.
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LASER is an acronym for "Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation". It is the application of light specifically from the infrared part of the light spectrum. More accurately, it is termed "photobiomodulation" as it has a biostimulatory effect on the mitachondria of cells (think of them as the energy plant of the cell!) excellent for superfical injuries such as wound healing.
This machine uses an electrical current passed through magnetic coils. The animal doesn't feel a sensation as such, but it does usually have a relaxing effect, particularly on small animals! It can be used for pain management, reduction of swelling, and fracture healing as a few examples.
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and is used for acute and chronic pain management. NMES stands for Neuro-Muscular Electrical Stimulation, and is used in pateints with muscle wastage who have reduced mobility, such as with a spinal condition or injury.
You can hire or purchase these devices from me in a kit with everything you need and full training provided!
Massage and stretching form the basis of most treatments. Massage is great for relaxation, reducing pain, improving joint range of motion and mobility, and sports massage can even be used to help condition muscles and improve performance factors such as stride length.
This is the homework! All owners are given an REP plan for their animal which is constantly reviewed and updated througout their course of treatment. For dogs, we have a range of equipment for hire or purchase. For horses, your REP will usually incorporate your current ridden programme, and may include groundwork exercises. We also have a couple of equicore systems for hire.