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Animals in Action

Veterinary Physiotherapy

Harriett Wareham
Covering parts of Somerset,  

Wiltshire and Dorset

Harriett Wareham

Harriett is a fully insured and qualified level 7  Veterinary Physiotherapist. Harriett completed her BSc Hons degree before completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy.

She is registered with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists, this ensures she is  clinically competent, insured and up to date with training, new research and information.

Harriett has over 10 year's experience working with animals from a personal and professional perspective, having previously worked as a head Eventing groom, an equine and canine massage therapist and at a small veterinary practice as a Veterinary Physiotherapist. 

She is currently working at a mixed animal Veterinary Practice based in Somerset part-time whilst seeing her own clients covering parts of Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset

In her spare time, Harriett enjoys long country walks with her cocker spaniel, cycling and watercolour painting


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Small animal conditions/ behaviours that benefit form

Veterinary Physiotherapy

  • Cruciate ligament injuries and surgeries

  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Spinal conditions/ neurological 

  • Patella luxation

  • Femoral head and neck excision

  • Spondylosis

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Reluctant getting in and out of the car

  • A decline in performance

  • Stopping on walks

  • Lameness following veterinary work up


Physiotherapy is used to help aid in getting your animal back to their normal activities post surgery, and as a prevention from injury for the performance and wellness cases. It includes the use of remedial exercises, massage, stretching, electrotherapies, heat and cryotherapy. 

What patients can benefit from Physiotherapy?

  • Post-surgical

  • The elderly and arthritic

  • Athletic/  performance animals

  • Neurological conditions

  • As a form of weight management


Physiotherapy benefits include:

  • Reduction in pain

  • Improved performance

  • Improved range of motion

  • Improved healing time

  • Improved muscle mass and symmetry

  • Reduced muscle spasm

  • Improved strength and suppleness

  • Improved proprioception

Equine conditions/ behaviours that benefit form

Veterinary Physiotherapy

  • Kissing spines

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Ligament and tendon injuries

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Muscle atrophy/ asymmetry

  • Lameness following veterinary work up

  • Behavioural changes

  • Performance decline

  • Relucatant to engage

Static and Dynamic assessment

A static and dynamic assessment is performed at each Veterinary Physiotherapy appointment in order to allow for a detailed rehabilitation plan to be made, and to allow documentation of their progress.

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When required, Harriett has access to a range of therapeutic machines to help modulate healing and pain and prolong the physiotherapy effects, these include PEMFT, TENS, LASER, NMES and more.

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy stimulates biological responses which stimulates tissue repair. There are various studies that support the use of Low Level Laser Therapy for the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Pain relief

  • Wound healing 

  • Muscle strains

  • Tendon and ligament damage

  • Neurological conditions

  • To reduce inflammation

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Harriett creates individual remedial exercise plans to encourage correct movement patterns, improve muscle strength, endurance, suppleness, proprioception, balance and stability post Physiotherapy appointments. 

Harriett reserves the right to discuss any findings with your veterinarian, working as a team helps provide the best care for your animal


Preparation for your animals Veterinary Physiotherapy appointment


  • Signed consent forms

  • History given to Physiotherapist

  • Owner to be present

  • Brushed clean horses are always appreciated, its nice to stay clean for the next client.

  • Feet picked out.

  • Shelter or stable if raining to keep dry, for both your horse and me! 

  • Trot up area in daylight prior to the session

  • Please let me know if there is any possibility of kicking/ biting, I have my hat and gloves ready.


  • Signed consent forms

  • History given to Physiotherapist

  • Owner to be present

  • Non slip flooring, with a blanket or bed

  • Clean and dry ready for the session

  • Lead ready for the dynamic assessment

  • Treats are always useful for the remedial exercises

  • Please let me know if there is a chance your pet might be aggressive

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Veterinary Consent

If your animal is currently under veterinary treatment for lameness or poor performance, veterinary consent is required. Veterinary consent is not required for maintenance sessions if the animal is fit, healthy and sound. 
It is the owners responsibility to notify me if there is any changes to the veterinary history, veterinary practice registration or animals health. 
Failure to notify me may result in the animal not being deemed suitable to receive physiotherapy, and may be subject to a treatment charge
Please down load the PDF and email to me prior to the Physiotherapy appointment, alternatively please contact me with your veterinary surgeons details, your full name, animals name and address, and I can obtain permission for you on your behalf prior to your appointment
Thank you
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'Harriett is instrumental in my horses well being and performance. With excellent diagram based reports and simple follow up exercises we can work into our routine, the benefits of physiothrapy with Harriett extend much beyond the hands on treatment the horses receive.


Bentley has received a number of sessions of physio with Harriett and i cant thank her enough for bringing Bentley back to his normal self!


Harriett is a pleasure to work with and is always very attentive when handling my horse during his physio session. She is very patient, understanding and skilled at work. I would highly recommend as you feel and see the difference in your horse straight away