Tel: 07765 238 937

Gillian Barrett, Grad.Dip.Phys, ACPAT Cat A, CCFT

Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in Animal Physiotherapy

Note: As per the Veterinary Surgeons (Exemptions) Order 2015 (which revokes the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962) remedial treatment by ‘physiotherapy’ requires delegation by a veterinary surgeon who has first examined the animal
Practitioners must have a referral from the vet if an animal is unwell or injured, a diagnosis has been made and/or the animal is under veterinary care for any pathology.
· Practitioners do not need a referral for a healthy animal to receive performance enhancing MSK care
· Practitioners do not need a referral for a healthy animal to receive general health and well-being maintenance care.

Maintenance should cease and the owner of the animal should be asked to take their animal to a veterinary surgeon for clinical examination at the first sign that there may be any underlying injury, disease or pathology. Alternatively, the musculoskeletal therapist may ask the client for formal consent to disclose any concerns to the veterinary surgeon that has their animal under their care.

The Register for Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) lists professionals using Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Physiotherapy techniques for 

     animals. This national organisation’s standards are similar to those set worldwide.
All practitioners listed have reached the Gold Standard of practice set by RAMP. They are properly qualified and insured.
The list is available on the website It is organised by geographical area to make practitioners easy-to-find for vets, trainers and animal owners.
The musculoskeletal sector is a relatively young industry which contains multiple competing types of practice that has caused confusions for animal owners. 
Musculoskeletal treatment should only be carried out by people who are appropriately competent. This will avoid causing undue pain, distress or suffering to the animal.
RAMP also provides a robust complaints procedure.

                       Further information is available on the website

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) is a Clinical Interest Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and represents the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSP's) who have also trained in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals.

Why Choose Chartered?

Why is it important that I choose a Chartered Physiotherapist? A growing number of Chartered Physiotherapists now work with animals. Unlike the title 'Veterinary Surgeon' the title 'Animal or Veterinary Physiotherapist' is not protected. This means that any one can call themselves an animal or veterinary physiotherapist regardless of their qualifications. The title 'Chartered Physiotherapist' is protected by law and can only be used by physiotherapists who have achieved a high level of academic and practical training in all aspects of physiotherapy and are consequently qualified and registered to practice.

ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists who have also trained in Physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals.

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Use an ACPAT Animal Physiotherapist because they:

  • are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists
  • only work with Veterinary referral
  • have Professional and Public Liability Insurance
  • liaise with other professionals such as vets, farriers, behaviourists
  • adhere to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's Regulations and Standards of Practice