About Us

Who are Hillfoot Veterinary Physiotherapy?

Hillfoot Veterinary Physiotherapy was established by Charlotte Finney AdvCertVPhys, MIRVAP.

We provide a first class, fully qualified and insured mobile veterinary physiotherapy service. We cover the South Yorkshire and Derbyshire area including Sheffield, Chesterfield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

We specialise in equine physio therapy and canine physio therapy. We also provide treatments to a range of animals including cats, rabbits and farm animals. In addition, we offer regular educational talks, demonstrations and clinics throughout our practice area.

Our mission is to provide each client with a bespoke physiotherapy programme. This programme will assist in the maintenance, rehabilitation and injury recovery of your animal. We pride ourselves on providing an individual approach to each case, tailoring a programme to each client’s needs. This will help you keep your animal in the best shape possible.

We treat each animal with care and compassion. We communicate directly, openly and honestly with both our client’s and other professionals, i.e. veterinary surgeon, farrier, dentist etc. This ensures a holistic approach is taken to make sure the best possible outcome is achieved for your animal.

Charlotte’s background

Charlotte has a lifelong love of animals, having spent most of her professional and leisure time with animals throughout her life.

She has enjoyed owning dogs from a young age. She has successfully trained these in agility, obedience and heelwork to music. In addition to showing at a national level with her Red and White Setter. Charlotte currently she owns Midge, a little Jack Russell. They enjoy long walks, exploring the Peak District and UK coastlines whenever time permits.

Charlotte has ridden since the age of 4 and been involved in horses ever since. She is currently the proud horse owner of two ex-racehorses. Which she enjoys hacking on the moors, re-schooling and bringing on to compete in a range of riding club activities.

Charlotte has worked with in a variety of horse establishments during her career. These include local riding schools where she has taught riding lessons from beginners through to advanced clients. She has run a ‘Pony Club’ for children. Prior to working in a number of racing yards across the country, Charlotte attended the Northern Racing College,

Whilst working for well-known trainer Ferdy Murphy, Charlotte witnessed first-hand the benefit physiotherapy provided to racehorses. She became fascinated by the attention to detail and fine tuning needed to bring an animal to its peak of performance. She made the decision that she wanted to qualify as a Veterinary Physiotherapist.

Charlotte’s physiotherapy journey began by attending the University of Lincoln where she obtained a 2:1 in BSc in Equine Science. Charlotte then went on to obtain a post graduate qualification; an Advanced Certificate in veterinary physiotherapy via CEPT. This course was accredited by Middlesex University.

Charlotte is a member of the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (http://www.irvap.org.uk/). She complies at all times with their Code of Conduct (http://www.irvap.org.uk/#!code-of-practice/cy3o).

She is committed to undertaking continuing professional development to further her skillet. This also ensures her knowledge and techniques are up-to-date. This enables her to provide the best possible ongoing care to her client’s.

Charlotte uses a variety of physiotherapy techniques. These include a range of soft tissue mobilisation techniques such as massage, myofascial release, trigger point release and stimulatory massage. Charlotte carries out stretching and range of motion exercise to increase joint range of motion and flexibility. Charlotte utilises a range of electrotherapy methods including phototherapy, pulse magnetic field therapy and therapeutic ultrasound. Charlotte also uses active strengthening exercises to encourage postural and weight bearing changes, strengthening and building of muscle mass. Following treatment, Charlotte prescribes each client an individual tailored home exercises plan. This allows owners to continue building on improvements made in-between their sessions.

Charlotte’s background combines to ensure her client’s receive a sympathetic, professional and effective quality treatment.

For more information or an informal chat regarding your animal’s needs please contact us.