Animal Physiotherapy

This website is for information only as Suzanne is unable to take on new clients.

Suzanne Cottriall is an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist.

This means she qualified as a human physiotherapist and then specialised in animal physiotherapy.

With these qualifications she is also a member of the HCPC and CSP

  • ACPAT – Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy.
  • HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council
  • CSP – Chartered Society of Physiotherapy


Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy   Health Professions Council   Chartered Society of Physiotherapists


Exercising animals


I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2003 and worked in the NHS until completing my Masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College in 2006. Before this I was a Sales Manager, selling training courses in Project Management and Personal Skills. My career change was driven by the desire to work with animals and people within a recognised profession.

What’s the difference between an Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapist?
None, the words animal and veterinary are interchangeable.

Animal and Chartered Physiotherapists are NOT vets who have retrained. What they do have is at least 2 years’ experience on humans before being allowed to practice physiotherapy on your animal!

My background gives me skills in clinical reasoning so I can work out exactly where the problem is on your animal and treat this in relation to all the other problems they may have and what you what to do with them.

I use manual therapies, electrotherapies, hydrotherapies and rehabilitation programmes to treat and know what treatment is appropriate and when.

I have my own horse called Starsky who is my Hannovarian dressage horse of the future (hopefully) and presenting lots of challenges as he grows up.

As a dog lover I have 2 very well trained (!) terrier crosses who can walk for miles. I enjoy treatment success mainly working with horses and dogs but also work with cats and have fixed a couple of cows!

Exercising animals