South Brandon Farm,
Brancepeth, Crook,
Co. Durham, DL15 9AT.

Mobile: (07854) 319 051


Andrea Bainbridge MCSP. MSc.
Chartered Animal Physiotherapist.

Andrea qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987 and has worked in local hospitals and industry treating musculoskeletal injuries. She has been treating animals since 1999.

Andrea is especially interested in both the rehabilitation of animals post injury or surgery in order to ensure the maximum recovery of function and the proactive role of individual exercise programmes.

What do Andrea's Titles & Qualifications Mean?

The title Charted Physiotherapist is protected and can only be used by Physiotherapists who have completed a 3 year validated course.

Chartered Physiotherapists who wish to treat animals must complete a minimum of 2 years post graduation general practice before completing a post graduate qualification in animal therapy.

ACPAT is the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. This is the special interest group which provides education, standard setting and monitoring for the Animal Physiotherapists.

As a Category A member of ACPAT, Andrea has full professional and public liability insurance and her treatment fees are eligible for payment by insurance companies who cover physiotherapy, if the animal has been referred by a veterinary surgeon.

In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Chartered Physiotherapists only treat animals with veterinary agreement.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a science based profession which aims to enhance the body's natural healing mechanisms and restore movement and function. This is achieved using 3 core skills:
  • Manual Therapy (e.g., massage, mobilisation and manipulation)
  • Electrotherapy (e.g., Ultrasound and neuromuscular stimulation)
  • Exercise and Movement (e.g., gait re-education, balance restoration)
Animals respond well to Physiotherapy and it is useful for the following conditions:
  • Musculoskeletal injury - Muscle, tendons and ligament problems respond well if treated at the correct time.
  • Post Surgery - Physiotherapy will help to reduce pain, increase healing and restore function.
  • Neurological - Helps to re-educate balance and muscle mechanisms and so restore function.
  • Spinal / Joint Problems - Helps to reduce/eliminate pain and stiffness.
  • Prevention / Maintenance - Helps to prevent injury through advice and individual exercise programmes.
Physiotherapy assessment and treatment can be provided for your dog at Durham K9 Hydro Rehabilitation Centre by appointment as individual Physiotherapy sessions or as part of Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy rehabilitation programme.

A medical history is required from your veterinary surgeon prior to treatment.



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