Going Above and Beyond to ensure the highest quality of treatment for your animals
As animal LOVERS, The most important thing to us at Above and Beyond Veterinary Physiotherapy is the health and well-being of your animals. Keeping up to date with current research, carrying out regular CPD and utilising a scientific approach to treatment while remaining open-minded means that we are able to employ the best and most effective techniques. We want to make sure you feel comfortable intrusting with us with the care of your much-loved pets and prised sporting stars. We stand for a high-level of qualification, skill and veterinary knowledge, are fully insured and are registered under RAMP who represent the high standard of animal health care professionals.
Abigail Pass MSc
Hi, I’m Abi! Creator of Above and Beyond Veterinary Physiotherapy. I have always been passionate about working with animals even from a very young age! Growing up surrounded by equine professionals and therapists meant that I have always been passionate about equine health care. Beginning with saving and paying for my own riding lessons at age 9 and going on to own and compete my own horses. Moreover, my passion for canine welfare has always been just as strong, working with rescue dogs of my own, competing in junior agility, and even working as a weekend manager in a luxuary dog kennel during my time studying.
Gaining my Master’s degree in veterinary physiotherapy from Writtle University College in 2022. I have now begun the job I have been dreaming of and working towards for over the past 10 years. I have also completed additional courses and qualifications such as my Rock Tape Equine Kinesio Taping Certificate and I am working towards my Intelligent Horsemanship Diploma.
Continuing professional Development
Regular CPD helps ensure that our skills and knowledge are up to date. Here are some other courses, lectures and events we have attended and plan to attend in the future.
Previous CPD & Events...
Up and Coming CPD & Events...
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There are several reasons why you animal could benefit from veterinary physiotherapy:
- Perhaps the most obvious is that your animal has sustained an injury, seen their vet and would now benefit from some treatment to promote healing and maximise recovery otherwise knows as ‘rehabilitation’. Follow these links for more information on equine conditions and canine conditions that could benefit from vet physio.
- Another common reason for physiotherapy is to maximise sporting performance and reduce risk of injury; weather this be for a competition animal or for leisure sport.
- Older animals can benefit hugely from vet physio, working to maximise comfort and mobility long term to ensure the best quality of life.
- Young animals can also benefit from physio. Addressing issues early on and promoting correct musculoskeletal and neurological development maximises sporting potential, reduces risk of injury and promotes long term health as they age.
- Vet Physio can also be useful to help put your animal back on track when they are ‘not quite feeing right’.
This all depends on what your animal is being seen for. Maintenance animals may only require a few visits a year. Rehabilitation after injury may require visits as regally as weekly or bi-weekly for a number of weeks. This will be discussed with you during or following your first session and can be discussed before hand over email, message or phone call.
If your are concerned about cost physio post-injury treatment, these can usually be claimed on insurance. At Above and Beyond Veterinary Physiotherapy we also offer a ‘Performance & Rehabilitation’ rewards package designed for those requiring more regular treatment. View our pricing and packages page for more information on the cost of treatment.
At Above and Beyond Vet Physio we believe in results! We are incredibly keen to describe and demonstrate for you the changes we see following a session as well as long term. We may perform tests, take videos, images, measurements or templates during your session so that we can monitor long and short term improvements. Following treatment you may see changes including:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Improved quality of movement
- Increased joint mobility and range of motion (ROM)
- Reduced muscle tension, heat and swelling
Changes shouldn’t stop at the end of a session, the exercises prescribed for you to carry out are also a vital part of your animal progression. Meaning that improvement should continue between sessions. However, it is to note that in some cases changes may be seen over a number of sessions, for example promoting nerve, tendon or muscle healing or building muscle (known as hypertrophy).
If your horse has received a light or ‘maintenance’ treatment gentle exercise within 24 hours of treatment should be fine, in fact for some cases it may be advised! In scenarios where deep tissue work has been carried out, issues such as saddle discomfort or during post-injury rehabilitation time off of exercise may be required. The exercise plan provided for your horse following their session should help advice and guide you on how to safely exercising your horse following treatment.
If you have an specific exercise based commitments in close proximity to your animals treatment let us know before hand and we will ensure you are good to go 🙂