Veterinary Physiotherapy is fast becoming an essential part of rehabilitation for dogs, horses and other animals. It involves assessment and treatment techniques to prevent and manage a range of physical conditions, to promote healing and return to full function following injury or surgery and to treat pre-existing conditions such as arthritis or general ageing.

In line with this, Franklin Vets now has an association with Total Physiotherapy which offers animal physiotherapy appointments at our Pukekohe Clinic 8-6 Monday to Saturday.Total Physiotherapy

Becky and her team offer expert assessment, treatment, advice and a home programme specifically designed for each individual animal is also provided. As well as teaching owners hands-on techniques, the team gives advice that can make a real difference in the rehabilitation process and long-term management of a condition.

Yard visits are available for horses; please ask us separately about this service.

What physio offers your animal:

  • Pre or post-surgery rehabilitation
  • Expert assessment and evaluation of movement dysfunction
  • Treatment to address poor movement patterning
  • Regular evaluation of treatment goals and amended treatment strategies
  • Advice and education for the owner on maintenance of the improved condition

Treatments we offer

  • Manual therapies – include a wide variety of different massage and soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisations or manipulations, myofascial release, stretches etc.
  • Electrotherapies – the use of therapeutic machines such as ultrasound, laser (we now offer the latest, most advanced laser therapy treatment on the market today) pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, TENS and electrical muscle stimulation.
  • Remedial exercise programs – individual exercise programs are utilised to help to encourage correct movement patterns and improve muscle strength, endurance, suppleness, proprioception (the animal’s awareness of where it’s limbs and body are in space), balance and stability as may be required.
  • Management advice – frequently our clients may need additional advice on the therapeutic handling of their animal’s condition, or perhaps how to make appropriate adaptations to an animal’s home environment and general management in order to assist in their rehab.

NOTE: Your vet will be contacted prior to an initial assessment and will be kept informed of your animal’s progress; please discuss this if you do not wish this to occur.

Read the flyer for more information.

Read about Gadget an older dog who has been able to live a more active life following physio.

Our People

Vicki Llyod –  Canine and Equine TherapistVictoria Lloyd

PGDip Veterinary Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Animal Science.

Victoria has grown up with animals, owning and competing both dogs and horses and felt inspired to make caring for them her profession. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Science in 2015 and then studied Veterinary Physiotherapy at Harper Adams University College, obtaining a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in the UK. Victoria is passionate about the benefits of physiotherapy and rehabilitation for a variety of conditions and the proven advantages to both the health and welfare of animals whether they are competitive or companions. Victoria is excited about the opportunity of living in New Zealand, exploring its culture, getting to know the locals and working at Total Physiotherapy.

Becky Onyett, Total Physiotherapyanimal physio

PGDip Veterinary Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Animal Health

“I can’t wait to help your dog or cat feel better and move more freely. I am a specialist in movement dysfunction and have the skills to help change poor movement patterns, reducing pain and establishing a better quality of movement.”

I gained my BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2006 after gaining my Honours Degree in Animal Health. I initially worked within the National Health Service in the UK, but soon found my way into Private Practice, assessing and treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2010.

My love of outdoor sports, horse riding and working/training dogs has led me to develop skills in palpation and animal behaviour, reducing the stress on dogs she treats and promoting an inviting environment to manage the needs of the animal. I have been a member of the ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) for many years and maintain this standard with the NZAVPA (New Zealand Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy Association).

I have worked hard over the last 6 years in NZ building the Total Physiotherapy Practice in Pukekohe (opposite the Netball Courts). My goal for the next year is to focus on the Canine Aspect of my skills, getting the word out there to owners of animals that could be helped by manual and electrotherapy techniques, rehabilitation exercise programs and management/education support.

Being a Mum of only the two-legged kind, I definitely miss having fun with my 4 legged best friends. “I grew up always being around dogs and horses, so I suppose it was inevitable I would end up working with these impressive animals. I love how rewarding my job is. Sometimes I can make a difference in seconds and sometimes I just can’t change the end result, but I can always make a positive impact.”

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