About Us

Hillfoot Veterinary Physiotherapy was established by Charlotte Finney AdvCertVPhys, MIRVAP to provide a first class, fully qualified and insured mobile physiotherapy service to animals in the South Yorkshire and Derbyshire areas.

Our mission is to provide each client with a bespoke programme assisting in the maintenance, rehabilitation and injury recovery of your animal; helping you keep them in the best shape possible. We pride ourselves on providing an individual approach to each case, tailoring a programme to each client’s needs. We treat each animal with compassion whilst providing direct, open and honest communication with both our client’s and other professionals, i.e. veterinary surgeon, farrier, dentist etc, enabling a holistic approach to ensure 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 downtime with animals throughout her life.

She has owned dogs from a young age. She has enjoyed training these in agility, obedience and heelwork to music; she showed at a national level with her Red and White Setter. Now she owns Midge a little Jack Russell, who enjoys 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 currently owns two ex-racehorses which she enjoys 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, including at local riding schools where she has taught riding lessons from beginners through to advanced clients and run a ‘Pony Club’ for children. Attending the Northern Racing College, prior to working in a number of racing yards across the country.

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

Charlotte attended the University of Lincoln where she obtained a 2:1 in BSc in Equine Science. Following this, Charlotte went on to obtain a post graduate qualification; Advanced Certificate in veterinary physiotherapy via CEPT, accredited by Middlesex University.

Charlotte is based in Sheffield but her practice covers the South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire regions. She 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. She is committed to undertaking continuing professional development to expand her skillset and ensure 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 including a range of soft tissue mobilisation techniques such as massage, myofascial release, trigger point release and stimulatory massage. Charlotte also does stretching and range of motion exercise to increase joint range of motion and flexibility. Charlotte also utilises a range of electrotherapy techniques including phototherapy, pulse magnetic field therapy and therapeutic ultrasound. Charlotte also does active strengthening exercises to encourage postural and weight bearing changes, strengthening and building of muscle mass. Following treatment, Charlotte prescribes an individual tailored home exercises plan allowing owners to continue building on improvements made between sessions.

Charlotte’s professional and practical experience along with her academic qualifications and compassion for all animals, combine to provide the client and animal patient with a sympathetic, professional and effective quality treatment.

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