Run Free Veterinary physiotherapy is run by Amber Pattenden BSc. MNAVP. PG Dip., a fully qualified and Insured level 7 Veterinary Physiotherapist (VP). As a VP and member of the NAVP Amber only works under veterinary referral of an animal. 


Amber is a fully qualified and insured level 7 Veterinary Physiotherapist treating small and large animals. Amber has also completed the rock-tape taping course for the horse and rider to implement into treatment programmes. As a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) she attends regular CPD and works within their code of conduct.


After undertaking a BSc (Hons) undergraduate degree she continued on to the Msc Veterinary Physiotherapy programme, now entering the final dissertation year, she maintains up to date with the latest research in her field. The NAVP are the first governing body to run Veterinary Physiotherapy courses in the country. To be a member you must work with in their code of conduct, complete regular CPD and have a level 6 qualification and above - both in clinical and theoretical elements of Veterinary Physiotherapy. 

To find out more visit their website: www.navp.co.uk


Vet physio Equestrian Coaching

Amber is also a L2 qualified equestrian coach. Her coaching approach is geared to increasing horse-rider harmony by integrating ground work and ridden physiotherapeutic exercises suitable to the individual horse and rider.


How can I tell if my pet needs physiotherapy?

As our animals are unable to verbalise how they are feeling, there are subtle signs as owners you can look out for to better understand if your animal is uncomfortable or in pain:

Cats & Dogs:

Change in behaviour:

  • Restlessness

  • Stiff getting up from laying down or the next day after a walk

  • Sits to one side

  • Less friendly aggressive

  • Lethargy/ sleeping more often

  • Doesn't like being groomed

  • Difficulty getting into the car or on sofa.


  • Starting to tire towards end of a walk

  • Reluctant to go on walks

  • Hopping/ skipping with back leg

  • Reluctant to jump or climb steps


  • Sudden or gradual change in behaviour

  • Resentment of being groomed, rugged, tacked, girth tightened.


  • Loss of performance

  • Less forward going

  • Lack of impulsion

  • Takes longer to warm up

  • Knocking poles down or knocking ground poles

  • Jump refusals

  • Bucking 

  • Stiffer on one rein

  • Resenting canter transitions 

  • Finding lateral work more difficult

  • Evading engagement of a particular hind

  • Started rushing in pace / bolting


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