Hydrotherapy at the vets
Advances in veterinary medicine are resulting in our pets living longer healthier lives. The same is true when it comes to physiotherapy and recently there has been something of a renaissance in alternative treatments offered to pets. Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of hydrotherapy.
But, did you know that there is no legislation controlling who can offer hydrotherapy, whether in a pool or water treadmill, and sadly, there are many unregulated hydrotherapy centres in an ever-expanding industry.
Fortunately, the Canine Hydrotherapy Association has a large number of members whose operatives have careers that started in kennels and pet care and who now combine hydrotherapy and physiotherapy into the services their centre offers.
The Quality Standards introduced by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) remain the benchmark for the industry throughout the UK and are there to ensure a quality of service and level of care for the country’s pets.
All hydrotherapy teams at CHA member centres are headed by qualified professionals who must comply with the Quality Standards and the centre premises will have been inspected and the operatives must complete a minimum of 20 hours continual professional development annually.
Portable Offices has provided a portable solution to a veterinary practice keen to expand its physiotherapy offer to clients.
This recently resulted in a new hydrotherapy unit being launched at Cromwell Veterinary Practice’s branch in Sawtry.
Cedar clad cabin
Now, a novel cedar clad cabin with contemporary floor to ceiling glazing has been established to accommodate a water treadmill and full physiotherapy suite for pet patients.
The choice of a portable unit enabled the practice to keep capital expansion expenditure to a minimum and reduced an otherwise lengthy planning process.
Senior Animal Physiotherapist at Cromwell Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC), Leanne Seymour, said:
“Being able to offer a wide range of therapies to our patients within a purpose- built space means we can offer them the best possible care and treatment outcome.
The Cromwell ARC has a lovely, calm atmosphere, which our patients respond really well to. This is in no small part due to the design of the building, especially the large windows, which allow light to flood in.
“I had a long list of things that needed to be taken into account to make the space work to its optimum and they have all been achieved. Our patients are happy and having the right facilities means we can get them back on their feet as soon as possible.
“Portable Offices worked in tandem with us to achieve the excellent end result.”
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