The Midsomer Norton Branch of Highcroft Vets have a Chartered Physiotherapist and ACPAT Category A member, Kelly Thompson, working on site on Fridays.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can provided a wide variety of support to your pet. Most commonly, this is to provide rehabilitation after an injury, but can also include helping to manage a long-term condition such as arthritis or trying to maximise sporting and athletic performance.

Physiotherapists use an evidence-based approach to look at all aspects of your pet’s day-day function and health.

What does a physiotherapy appointment look like?

An initial assessment is up to an hour long. During this time we will take a detailed history of your animal’s health and function. We will observe your pet whilst on the move and when standing, followed by a hands-on assessment as your pet finds comfortable. Together with you, the owner, we will come up with an individualised treatment plan and goals to work towards.

Treatments can include (but not exclusively): exercises, electrotherapy, hands-on therapies including mobilisations and massage, splinting, hot/cold therapies and advice.

Initial assessments are up to 60 minutes and follow up sessions are up to 30 minutes.

What conditions may benefit from Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can help many conditions. Most commonly, these include:

  • Management of chronic, long term conditions such as arthritis.
  • Lameness.
  • Rehabilitation following injury or surgery for muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments or the nervous system.
  • Neurological injury (brain, nerves or spinal cord).
  • Pain management.
  • Joint instability.
  • Mobility issues such as advice on slings and carts.
  • Splinting: including advice, fitting, measuring and bespoke making.
  • Conditioning advice for sporting or working animals.


Why Physiotherapy at Highcroft Midsomer Norton?

Kelly Thompson is an ACPAT Category A registered Chartered Physiotherapist. This means that she has undertaken training to be a human physiotherapist and is therefore registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP). Kelly returned to University to take additional training to become an ACPAT Category A member. ACPAT stands for ‘The Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Animal Therapy’. Kelly is therefore regulated by all of these governing bodies, completes regular continued professional development and has both professional and public liability insurance. As part of these registrations, Kelly completes regular continued professional development.

Kelly prides herself on offering caring and professional physiotherapy services that work within current evidence and guidelines. Working with the practice also enables effective collaborative working with the vets to allow a more well-rounded approach to your pet’s care.

If you would like to discuss your pet’s case, please do not hesitate to call us on 01761 412223.