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Aquavet Hydrotherapy

What is Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy uses the therapeutic properties of water to treat a range of conditions. The supportive and reduced weight-bearing environment of water enables early return to function and improves muscle strength after surgery or injury and improves range of compromised joints.

What are the benefits of hydrotherapy?

  • Helps alleviate pain
  • Increases range of motion
  • Improves muscle strength
  • Improves circulation and promotes healing
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Improves metabolic function
  • Improved coat and skin conditions
  • Provides emotional wellbeing
  • Assists with weight loss


Uses for hydrotherapy

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Post orthopaedic surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Post spinal surgery
  • Improve fitness and athletic performance
  • Weight management
  • Luxating patella
  • Cruciate ligament problems
  • Osteochondrosis Disessecans


Why a hydro underwater treadmill rather than just a pool?

The hydrotherapy treadmill is the most sophisticated means of hydrotherapy available. The degree of activity is precisely controlled and may be 'fine-tuned' according to how patients are progressing through treatment. Our hydrotherapists are able to change the height of the water, the speed of the treadmill, the height of the treadmill incline and the temperature of the water to support the needs of the patient. The hydrotherapist is also on hand to aid correct gait.

Why choose us?

Our qualified hydrotherapists work alongside our fully qualified ACPAT and RAMP Physiotherapists to provide the very best rehabilitation programmes.

Following an initial assessment by a Veterinary Physiotherapist, an individually tailored rehabilitation plan will be devised for your pet, meeting their specific needs and helping to assist them towards a full recovery.

Our hydrotherapy treadmill is the only one in the Norwich region. The combination of state-of-the-art equipment and highly qualified staff means your pet is being cared for in an environment with the highest standards of care.


Did you know? Some insurance policies will cover the costs of hydrotherapy under 'complementary' treatment whilst others have a hydrotherapy section in the policy. Some policies will require a 'pre-authorisation' form to be confirmed prior to treatment. Our team will be happy to help with any queries you may have in regards to hydrotherapy and insurance.

How do I make an appointment for Aquavet?

Simply contact a member of staff at Taverham Vets Longwater Lane who will talk you through the procedure. Patients are first assessed by our physiotherapist and then your pets’ co-ordinated programme of exercises and treadmill sessions will be booked with our team.

Meet the Team

Maxine Cushion -  Physiotherapist (CSP) Chartered society of physiotherapy ACPAT (association of chartered physiotherapist in animal therapy) RAMP (register of animal musculoskeletal practitioners)

April Caton – Hydrotherapist RVN Level 3 certificate in small animal hydrotherapy & Qualification in aquatic treadmill therapy.

Sarah McCarthy - Hydrotherapist Level 3 certificate in small animal hydrotherapy & Qualification in aquatic treadmill therapy.

Sammi - Hydrotherapist  Sammi qualified as a Level 3 Canine Hydrotherapist in May 2021 and joined the Aquavet team in July 2021.

Contact details - 01603 747344 or aquavetreferrals@taverhamvets.co.uk

Opening Hours: Consultations by Appointment 

Monday - 9.00AM - 4.00PM

Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Wednesday: 9:00AM - 6:30PM

Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Friday: 9:00AM - 1:30PM

Saturday: 9:00AM - 12:30PM

Aquavet T&C's - Please Bring to First Appointment