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 Karaka Clinic on Wednesdays and Saturdays.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

Becky Onyett, Total Physiotherapyanimal physio

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

Becky can’t wait to help your dog or cat feel better and move more freely. She is a specialist in movement dysfunction and has the skills to help change poor movement patterns, reducing pain and establishing a better quality of movement.

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

Her love of outdoor sports, horse riding and working/training dogs has led her 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. She has been a member of the ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) for many years and maintains this standard with the NZAVPA (New Zealand Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy Association).

Becky has worked hard over the last 7 years in NZ building the Total Physiotherapy Practice in Pukekohe (opposite the Netball Courts). Her 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.

Becky loves how rewarding her job is. Sometimes she can make a difference in seconds and sometimes she just can’t change the end result but she can always make a positive impact.”

Karli Houston BVScVet Karli Houston with Mowgli

Our second team member is Karli a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (Ba, BVSc, CCRP).

Karli is a regular member of our Franklin Vets team and is happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about Physio. She is at our Karaka clinic Mondays and Wednesdays.

Originally from the United States, she has worked in New Zealand as a small animal veterinarian for six years. After seeing too many dogs suffering from arthritis and slow recoveries post-surgery she wanted to broaden her knowledge base to help these patients. She studied at the University of Tennessee (USA) to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2015. She has just returned from a year of maternity leave. When she’s not at work you can find her running, teaching yoga or competing at agility competitions with her dog Mowgli.

Call us: 09 239 1856 or visit the Total Physiotherapy website