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Run Free Veterinary Physiotherapy is run by Amber Pattenden, a fully qualified and Insured Veterinary Physiotherapist. As a VP and member of the NAVP Amber only works under the veterinary referral of an animal. 


Amber is MSc qualified, 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 to keep up with the latest research.

After undertaking a BSc (Hons) undergraduate degree she also completed a three-year Msc Veterinary Physiotherapy degree, and continues regular CPD to keep 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 within their code of conduct, complete regular CPD and have a level 6 qualification and above - both in clinical and theoretical elements of Veterinary Physiotherapy. 

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Equestrian Coaching

Amber is also a L2 qualified equestrian coach. Her coaching approach assesses movement and horse-rider asymmetry and often integrates targeted exercises to build and maintain core strength and joint support for horse and rider suitable to the individual which helps achieve better horse-rider symmetry and harmony. 

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How can I tell if my pet needs physiotherapy?


Our pets don't always express pain vocally. There are subtle signs and behaviours as owners you can look out for that display discomfort or 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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