Wirral Veterinary Physiotherapy


Wirral Veterinary Physiotherapy provides professional treatment to horses, dogs and humans across Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales



Equine Physiotherapy

  Equine Physiotherapy manages a range of musculoskeletal, pre and post-operative, neurological and age related conditions    

Human Physiotherapy

  Human Physiotherapy provides a wide range of treatments for musculoskeletal problems, neck pain, back pain and sports injuries      

Rider Assessment & Equipilates™


Rider Assessment and Equipilates™ can help rider performance and optimise the partnership with your horse



What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

Animals, like people, respond to physiotherapy. The main purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and maximise performance. Chartered physiotherapists are highly trained to assess and treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems.

About Claire

Claire Burgess, BSc Hons, MCSP, HPC, PG Dip, ACPAT cat A

Claire Burgess, BSc Hons, MCSP, HPC, PG Dip, ACPAT cat A

Chartered Physiotherapist

Claire provides excellence in animal physiotherapy for horses, dogs, and cats.  Whether treating equine or canine athletes, or a loved companion, all animals are given a high class of treatment and care. Working in partnership with Veterinary Surgeons in the Wirral and surrounding areas

From the blog

Are working dogs the ‘Forgotten Athletes?’

The biggest dog show in the world has just come to a close and whilst i was watching it on television it got me thinking.... How many of those high level agility/flyball/show dogs work even though they are in some level of discomfort? Many people would think that they...
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A bit about me…..

  I seem to have been getting a lot of messages asking how I went about becoming a Vet Physio! So to save individual replies I thought I’d tell you all! In 2003 I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist (human) I worked NHS, in private practice and in sport for...
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Winter Grooming….. The Benefits for You and your Horse

So it’s the time of year that our horses often come in wet and muddy! Time is precious so how many of us do the quick flick where the tack goes before we ride? I am definitely guilty of it!   So it got me thinking about why grooming is so important, especially in...
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If you take it away………you must give it Back! The Importance of Exercises and Pole Work

As a Chartered Physiotherapist I have always worked on the basis that if you take away a muscular compensation then you must be able to give it back by promoting a more normal movement pattern, this is something that I always include as part of my clinical reasoning...
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MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY CLIENTS THIS WEEKEND!! Helen Elizabeth Dutton one of our very talented sponsored riders pulled in a 7th and a 10th in the PSG at Somerford Premier League on the very talented but quirky Valde!!! Tamara- Jane Davis's Arctic Mouse has...
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Welcome to newest member of the team………Mysty!

So hopelessly outgrown superstar Buddy went off to his new home a couple of months ago and our Sponsored Rider Lucy Peters has been searching for a bigger version of Buddy for several months.........Happy to say she picked up Mysty aka Flaviatella - G last week a 16'1...
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A Wonderful Success Story!

This is Misty, she has been one of many successful rehab stories this year at Wirral Vet Physio! When I first assessed Misty she was significantly lame behind, and generally very sore, she had already had cortisone injections into her hocks with short lived results!...
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Hello Winter! Relieving boredom for the stabled horse

Hello Winter! The season we all dread as horse owners, cold, rain, ice and even snow!!  Well lets hope Winter 2016/2017 is a mild one! Over the last few weeks I have seen more and more horses on restricted Winter turnout, if you are lucky enough to have your horses...
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But … My saddle was made to measure!!

This is something I am hearing a lot at the moment, and i am happy to hear that so many of my clients have had saddle professionally fitted to their horses! However there is a but.... and that is the saddle only fits that horse if the said horse does not change shape!...
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Feeding for a More Natural Approach

With winter looming, horses are now being stabled more!  I often get asked about haynets and feeding from the floor.  So I thought I would post my thoughts on the matter! I don't profess to know everything and as always there are exceptions to every rule, so bear that...
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Looking forward to visiting Greasby Equestrian Centre tomorrow morning for a rider Pilates class for the happy campers!!

Busy couple of weeks with a variety of issues to assess and treat...
one horse struggled to canter on the right rein, when assessed I noticed he was rotating his right forelimb inwards which meant he was struggling to step that leg out on the right rein, after done release work and movement retraining he is already showing fantastic improvements and has achieved right canter!!!

Another good rehabilitation case is a rather large warmblood that has had sacroiliac injections for pelvic pain, myofascial release, ground/pole work and low level stabiliser work is showing marked improvements, it’s a slow process with these big ‘weak’ horses but strengthening really is key to maintaining soundness!

And I thought I’d throw this photo of a super flexible pony following his treatment!!

Enjoying using some of the new techniques picked up last weekend on the ACPAT course on spinal dysfunction!

If you have a specific issue or just a general check please get in touch!! June is already looking busy so please try and book ahead!! 😃

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