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A rewarding career as an Animal Physiotherapist starts with a degree in Physiotherapy, followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma or Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy.

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About Us

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. Animals, like people, respond to physiotherapy. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance. ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSP's) who have also trained in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals.

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ACPAT Seminar 2017






ACPAT are pleased to announce the dates for our 2017 Seminar

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th  February 2016

Dunchurch Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Rugby Road, Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 6QW

Seminar Programme

Further to the Seminar weekend Jean-Marie Denoix will be taking a one day course on Monday 20th February at Plumpark Farm.

CSP Award - Berna Lindfeild

ACPAT would like to congratulate Berna Lindfield on being awarded the CSP’s Distinguished Service award and to acknowledge her immense contribution to the education of Chartered Physiotherapists specialising in Animal Therapy. Her determination and very high standards of professionalism and integrity have shaped ACPAT physiotherapists in to what they are today.


ACPAT Physio on BBC R2

ACPAT Physiotherapist Sue Palmer brought Veterinary Physiotherapy to the masses by being Chris Evans' mystery guest on radio 2.

If you want to listen here's the link listen from approx 2hrs 15mins in...

BEF Futurity Equine Bridge Programme

Congratulations to Tim Bradford for his physiotherapy involvement with this years BEF Futurity Equine Bridge Programme. The BEF have been impressed with the input given by Tim as a physio so have added a part of the selection day to include a physio assessment.

BEVA Health Checklist


Ensuring you are caring for your horse responsibly has never been so easy with the launch of a simple, concise horse care checklist at this year’s National Equine Forum in London on 5 March.

Available free from the British Equine Veterinary Association website (, the ‘Checklist for Equine Health’ was developed by equine veterinary specialists, welfare charities and Defra. Its purpose is to cut through the reams of advice currently available and set out clearly the practical essentials of good horse care including nutrition, safety, vaccination, parasite control, disease prevention and transport.


Job Opportunity ACPAT Cat A





Victoria Spalding Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapy has a vacancy for an

ACPAT Category A member.


The practice provides 80% equine, 10% small animal and 10% but growing rider physiotherapy services.  We work closely with approximately 10 equine veterinary practices and also take referrals from all over Yorkshire and the North. Regular clinics are held at a local small animal practice, where we work alongside orthopaedic specialists. We have a rider physiotherapy studio with mechanical horse, visual feedback and Quintic software.  Currently the practice consists of one full time and 4 part time physiotherapists with part time office support.

VSVP is innovative, forward thinking and progressive. The successful applicant will gain valuable experience from our close links and good relationships with outstanding veterinary practices as well as gaining from Vicky’s experience working with elite competition horses.


We are looking for a motivated Category A member with both equine and canine interest and ideally with established human MSK skills.  Must have own transport, be confident and a good communicator. Your list will cover equine home visits and rider physiotherapy clinics, with occasional cover for small animal clinics. An initial training/acclimatisation period will be required where the Ellis Technique® will be taught and an ongoing mentoring/CPD programme will be implemented. Specific rider postural analysis training will be given if required.

This post would be ideal for either a newly upgraded Category A member looking to gain experience in a busy, established practice or an experienced Cat A. Part time self-employed position, some evening and weekend sessions will be required.

Please call or e-mail Vicky Spalding:

07976 854577   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Send CV to e mail above or to: 

VSVP Ltd, 23 Churchfield Road, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0EJ

Veterinary Physiotherapist ACPAT Cat A







This is an exceptional opportunity to join our highly experienced team

We are a growing and successful referral practice situated in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside, but still within commuting distance of London by train. Established over 18 years ago, we are recognised as a leader in our sector.  We foster a culture of co-operation and collaboration amongst all of our employees and are committed to providing the very highest quality of care to all of our patients.

We are looking for a Veterinary Physiotherapist to join our Veterinary Physiotherapy team providing treatment for inpatient and outpatient cases, working alongside a highly skilled team of clinical specialists delivering therapy to a varied caseload of orthopaedic, neurological and respiratory cases.  Our small animal therapy services currently include physiotherapy, acupuncture and pain management clinics and these will be developed further in our brand new Therapy and Fitness centre with Hydrotherapy facilities opening in Autumn 2016.

We are looking for someone who is able to work independently as well as being an effective part of a multi-disciplinary team.  With previous canine and feline handling experience, you will be a Category A ACPAT physiotherapist.  You must also share our values of integrity, professionalism, compassionand respect.

We welcome applications to work on a full-time or part-time basis. 

In return we offer a competitive salary, 25 days’ annual leave, CPD, private healthcare, pension and a friendly, supportive working environment.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter together with the names of two referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For an informal discussion, contact Diane Messum, Head of Service on 01582 883950 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Closing Date: 30th July 2016.

Further details about the practice can found at

Job Opportunity with Taverham Vets, Costessey

Vacancy: AquaVets at Taverham Vets is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic chartered physiotherapist to join its expanding team. 

Location:  Taverham Vets, Longwater Lane, Costessey, NR8 5AH

Terms: Employed or Self employed

Hours: Full time, negotiable hours (part time would be considered)

Job description:

Taverham Vets is looking for an experienced or recently qualified ACPAT Cat A physiotherapist to work on a self-employed or employed basis. The role involves out-patient services for small animals with medical and surgical conditions. The majority of your case load would be with orthopaedic and neurological patients. You would be working with two other ACPAT Cat A physiotherapists in a well-established practice and the candidate would have full access to veterinary support. The practice has recently opened its brand new, state-of-the-art hydrotherapy treadmill, which is staffed by two trained hydrotherapists.

Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, an ability to be self-motivated and a keen interest in ongoing professional development.  An empathic approach to animal care is needed in this busy rehabilitation environment.  

This is an exciting opportunity for someone wishing to develop and grow their client base and become part of a successful, developing business. Please email your CV and cover letter to Charlotte Sparkes at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

ACPAT is a Clinical Interest Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and represents the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy.

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