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Clare-Maria graduated from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown in 1998 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy.  She then moved to Nottingham, England to take up a position as a Junior Physiotherapist in Nottingham City Hospital.  While she was in England Clare-Maria took the opportunity to attend a conference in Animal Physiotherapy, here she met Amanda Sutton (formerly Team GB Equine Physiotherapist) and after chatting to Amanda about her career and taking up Amanda’s kind invitation to observe her at work for a few days, Clare-Maria was sure that this was a career path that she was determined to follow.  Clare-Maria then returned to Belfast for 18 months to work in a Private Practice before teaming up with Amanda in her practice near Winchester for Animal Physiotherapy training.  Clare-Maria became a Category ‘A’ member of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Animal Therapy) in 2000.  She returned home in 2001 and set up a Private Practice in Human & Animal Physiotherapy.  Continuing on, Clare-Maria then completed a Masters Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy with the Royal Veterinary College in 2005 and became a Veterinary Physiotherapist. 


Since then Clare-Maria has continued attending various courses to keep herself up to date with current concepts in both Human & Veterinary Physiotherapy.  Over the past 5 years Clare-Maria has developed an interest in Core Stability & Pilates.  In 2012 she became a Certified Pilates Instructor.

Veterinary Physio


Typical cases that can benefit from Physiotherapy include:

  • Poor performance

  • Failure to improve

  • Change in behaviour – eg. Starting to nap/buck, grumpy while tacking up etc

  • Weakness

  • Muscle imbalance

  • Tendon/ligament injuries

  • Wounds

  • Nerve damage

  • Back or neck pain



Treatments include:

  • Soft tissue mobilisation

  • Joint mobilisation

  • Manipulation

  • Rehabilitation programmes

  • Massage

  • Stretches

  • Muscle stimulation

  • Shockwave therapy

  • Laser/ultrasound

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