Dog Hydrotherapy & Physiotherapy
in Sunderland

Compassionate Care

Every Pet, Our Promise At Butterwick, we pledge to treat your dog with the utmost care and compassion. Our promise is to listen, understand, and deliver personalised treatment, ensuring your furry family member feels at home and thrives under our expert care.

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Lasting Results

Innovative Healing Our clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for cutting-edge hydrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments. We employ innovative techniques to help your dog recover from injury, manage age-related issues, and improve overall well-being.

Advanced Treatments

Joyful Journeys We’re not just about short-term fixes. Our goal at Butterwick is to provide lasting health improvements for your dog. With our comprehensive care, watch your canine companion rediscover their love for life’s simple pleasures, like playing, and exploring.

We help people who are concerned about their dog’s health and want their dog to lead a more active, mobile and pain free life!”

Professional services

We care about your dogs
just as much as you do.

At Butterwick Animal Rehab Clinic, we recognise the bond you share with your dog – they are not simply a pet, but a devoted companion and a treasured part of your family. Our commitment is rooted in delivering care that boosts their health and happiness. Offering specialist canine Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy services in Sunderland, we are devoted to helping you care for your dog.

Sunderland Dog after hydrotherapy

Expert Care for your Furry Friend

At Butterwick Animal Rehab Clinic, we provide tailored Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy services, carefully crafted to meet the needs of every dog we see. We aim to enhance your dog’s mobility, ease discomfort, and improve their overall health through a range of soothing treatments, including massages, stretches, and tailored exercises. Whether it’s recovery from an operation, coping with the effects of ageing, or managing day-to-day strains, our goal is to help your dog feel better and move with ease.

Our Hydrotherapy sessions feature a peaceful water environment that takes the weight off your dog’s joints and muscles, ideal for both rehabilitation and maintaining fitness in a low-impact way. The warmth of our pool is not only inviting but also an excellent place for your dog to strengthen, circulate better, and release any aches they may be experiencing—all while having a good time. Our caring team monitors each session carefully, ensuring your dog’s well-being and enjoyment.

At Butterwick, our Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy services go beyond treating symptoms; we’re focused on restoring your dog to peak condition. Our vision extends to helping your dog lead an energetic and joyful life. We’re dedicated to seeing your dog rejuvenated, ready to embrace playtime, outdoor adventures, and the simple pleasures of life.

Expertise with Empathy

With years of experience and numerous success stories, our team in Sunderland at BARC has the expertise to address a broad spectrum of canine health issues. However, it’s not just our skills that distinguish us – it’s our empathy. We refrain from referring to your dog as ‘it’ because they are more than just pets; they are family.

At BARC, you’re placing your dog in the care of a team that treats them with the same affection and commitment we would want for our own. Allow us to assist your dog in rediscovering a life brimming with vitality, comfort, and the simple joys of being a dog.

The best Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy for your pet

Discover the power of Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy at Butterwick Animal Rehabilitation Clinic in Sunderland. Our tailored Hydrotherapy treatments are a gentle yet powerful way to reduce discomfort, boost your dog’s physical condition and generally brighten their spirits, all while being kind to their joints and muscles. Paired with our skilled Physiotherapy services, we tackle the root of any pain, support recovery, and improve movement, helping to reignite your dog’s love for life and play.

Expert Hydrotherapy & Physiotherapy For Dogs.

Hydrotherapy offers your dog a supportive path to recovery, providing relief and boosting well-being in a stress-free environment:

  • Improved Flexibility: Frequent Hydrotherapy sessions can greatly enhance your dog’s flexibility and range of motion, fostering agility and ongoing mobility.
  • Effective Weight Management: If your dog is on a weight control plan, Hydrotherapy serves as a low-impact method to help them lose weight and encourage a healthy metabolism, all while being gentle on their frame.
  • Cognitive Engagement: The interactive nature of swimming and aquatic exercises will not only physically benefit your dog but also offer mental stimulation, keeping their mind sharp and mood elevated.
  • Bespoke Sessions: Our Hydrotherapy treatments are customised for each dog, delivered with care and expertise by our qualified Hydrotherapists to meet your pet’s specific health requirements.

Restorative Veterinary Physiotherapy

Dogs can enjoy the benefits of Physiotherapy just as we do:

  • Managing Chronic Pain: If your dog struggles with long-term conditions like arthritis or hip dysplasia, our Physiotherapy can offer them regular relief and help keep the pain under control.
  • Better Movement and Flexibility: Regular Physiotherapy can help your dog move more easily and with less discomfort, which can also help prevent injuries in the future.
  • Strengthening Muscles: Our targeted approach in Physiotherapy focuses on building up weak muscles, giving your dog a stronger and more stable foundation.

At BARC, we’re dedicated to helping your dog live a happier and more active life through our customised Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy plans. Are you ready to help your dog regain their bounce?

Sunderland dog on a treadmill
Bethany StubbsBethany Stubbs
17:04 18 May 24
Honestly the greatest place and staff, highly recommend! 🌟My little sausage dog Rolo shattered a disc and they are all so helpful and accommodating to what Rolo needs after 2 spinal operations! He went from not using one of his legs to being retrained how to walk and he is definitely on the road to recovery!I am moving an hour away but still want to come to Butterwick as Rolo is doing so well, runs into the building and onto the treadmill, he gets that’s excited!
Amanda MaloneAmanda Malone
12:49 18 May 24
Cooper was told by the vets he needed surgery for patella luxation in both back legs, I was reluctant to go ahead because it wasn't bothering him, the surgery came at risks, the post surgery could be traumatic, it might not have worked and not to mention the cost. So I did a little research and came to Butterwick Rehab clinic.From day 1 Cooper has been treat as if he was their own, he's made brilliant progress, he's enjoying life and his knees haven't popped out as much and hopefully surgery won't be needed.The team are fantastic, calm always happy to see him and they like people too!!!!!I would 100% recommend these guys as an alternative( if allowed) or a post surgery rehabilitationDon't doubt yourselves get in touch with the ASAP.
Pamela McintyrePamela Mcintyre
10:15 09 May 24
Tilly has a cruiciate ligament injury and has been having hydrotherapy for 5 weeks and given some physiotherapist exercises to do at home. She has improved dramatically and is able to go on walks again without pain. Still has a little way to go to build up more muscle in her back leg, but having hydrotherapy has meant she does not need to go for an operation.
Julia Atkinson-taitJulia Atkinson-tait
14:01 26 Apr 24
Staff fabulous looked after Max who has a partially ruptured cruciate ligament helping him build muscle and strengthen his leg to avoid surgery.( he is 12 this year!)max loves going to hydro
Michelle HallMichelle Hall
21:35 26 Mar 24
Absolutely brilliant team. Everyone is so knowledgeable and very friendly. Putting your dog at ease and they answer any questions you have. We have seen a massive improvement in our dog's mobility whilst under the care of Mark and the team. Cannot recommend Butterwick highly enough.
Michelle JenkinsMichelle Jenkins
18:33 29 Feb 24
From the very first taster session to week 4 the service given is exceptional. My boy is young and lame on 4 legs but with a thorough physio session and treadmill hydro twice a week he’s no longer lame, he’s got much more energy and is eager to go out for walks, the who experience has been great. From Gail on reception, Mark doing the physio and Vicky doing the hydro my boy has a new lease of life thanks to them.
Mandy WiseMandy Wise
15:17 19 Aug 22
I have found everyone at the clinic very professional, welcoming, friendly and caring.I am very satisfied with my dogs progress from the very start of his treatment.Benny (dog ) is happier , more mobile and very keen to go to his appointments.Both Bennys and my own confidence has grown over the weeks to what he is now able to do .Happy dog = Happy owner .
lisa stockerlisa stocker
11:24 14 Aug 22
Look no further when looking for a warm, friendly professional company to help you gain what you need from hydrotherapy and physio for your beloved dogs. We started 3 months ago and was faced with a warm welcome on our first visit to look around. We were shown all areas for hydro and physio and met staff; we were even able to take our other dog along for the visit too.Our first physio meeting was to establish what our needs were and most importantly what the needs were for our dog. We were listened to attentively to what we wanted to achieve and a plan was established going forward to help us achieve our dogs’ goal. Our dachshund Penny was suffering from back spasms and had had previous MRI to establish the damage and in all honesty, we had wrapped Penny up in cotton wool and restricted her walks and movements hoping not to create more spasms. From the professional staff, Amy & Claire initially we worked together through visits to hydro and physio and a set exercise plan at home which we worked vigorously with dedication to making Penny’s life happier. In just a few short weeks, Penny had lost weight, built muscles up in her back legs and had become so much more flexible and relaxed as a dog. She had this new spritely character that was coming out that we had not seen for so long. Penny is very reactive around strange people and the staff at Butterwick knew how to handle Penny, keeping at a distance and slowly over sessions they gained her trust. At the three-month stage now, Penny having had hydro treadmill twice a week and physio once a month she is this new young happy dog who has so much more energy and ability to do things she was scared to do before. As her owners it has been a learning curve for us to not wrap her up to protect her but get her out there and face her back problems full on and this has shown in the progress Penny has made. Penny recently moved up into the “big” pool for sessions and she took to it really well considering she is a miniature dachshund in a big pool. Amy has been fantastic with her, knowing how anxious Penny gets, she has let her do her own thing, yet in the pool Penny was happy to be held by Amy by showing her with a cuddle and a face lick! The look on Amy’s face we captured on camera was fantastic, that she had been allowed into Penny’s little circle of humans was lovely to see. It shows the staff are dedicated to the dogs they treat and path they following into getting on a road to recovery, knowing that their care and compassion as well as their professional skills have paid off.Barbra on reception is lovely and takes the time to get to know you when you first register and is always happy to help. Primarily we have dealt with Amy and Claire during Penny’s progress, but other staff and the owner Mark has also been great in sessions with Penny.I can honestly say, look no further, go for a look around and meet staff and you will not be disappointed. They have a system that you stay outside till they call you in when the coast is clear so that no dogs clash on the way in and out. We almost play games checking the coast is clear before we exit after a session, so no dogs meet in the reception area as like ours, they get very vocal around other dogs.We have got to know the staff over the last few months, and the chats we have during sessions makes it a much more relaxed for our pooches seeing us having a laugh about being dog owners and the antics our dogs get up to.We cannot recommend the work “family” at Butterwick to help get your dog on the road to recovery for a much brighter and healthier future.
Irene WilkinsonIrene Wilkinson
11:40 09 Aug 22
My boy Ben has been attending Butterwick Rehab for 5 years now.He started hydro when he was 10 years of age, when he had torn ligaments in his hind legs.Now 5 years later & almost aged 15 and a half, he also has arthritis in his front legs but thanks to the expertise, patience, love and dedication of Mark and the girls he is still going strong on the old legs. In the 5 years he has done his hydro sessions every week and only had to cancel about 4 times. He has also had a couple of sessions of laser therapy over the years, the latest one being last week when Amy gave him a thorough session of it and it has 100% helped.Ben absolutely loves the staff and all the attention he gets (not to mention all the gravy bones).I can hand on heart say that thanks to Mark, Rachael, Amy and Claire, my best buddy is still mobile and happy.Couldn't be more highly recommended.Thanks from the bottom of my heart.Irene & Ben xx
June GatenbyJune Gatenby
19:31 17 Jul 22
Would highly recommend the Butterwick centre, had a consult with Mark about my elderly dog losing strength in his back legs, Mark instantly reassured us that although he was old he would be able to help him. He set a plan in place and we are already seeing improvements after only a few weeks. I can’t recommend Mark and his team highly enough. They have been great communicators, open to questions at anytime and have given us lots of reassurance throughout the process. Biggles really enjoys his sessions and the team make it an enjoyable experience for him and us.
FACT TrainingFACT Training
10:18 23 Jun 22
My best pal for ten years had a major operation and lost the will to live and just laid around with no interest in life whatsoever 😞 luckily I heard about this place and the manager (Barbra) who used to be my slimming world teacher who asked me to come along. From the moment I entered the building I felt part of the family. My dog, Shadow wasn’t quite so sure but within ten minutes they had him doing things I hadn’t seen him do for months. He has had three swimming sessions now and is loving life again,,,,, he even wags his tail again , something I never thought I would ever see again. I can’t thank my new family at Butterwick enough, they have brought my best pal back to life.Thank you 🙏
Mags FarquharMags Farquhar
14:24 14 Apr 22
The staff, Mark, Amy, Claire and Barbara, are all friendly and very knowledgeable. My German Shepherd loves going and can't wait to get in and do her weekly hydro. She has come on marvellously since her spinal surgery in October 2021 and doesn't act like a 10 year old. My 15 year old Cocker Spaniel before her also loved his sessions and lost 6.5kg before we sadly lost him at Christmas. I would highly recommend Butterwick to anyone as hydro and physio have definitely helped our dogs.
chris clarkchris clark
17:12 02 Mar 22
We first encountered Butterwick in 2016 when our beloved Labrador had a spinal stroke and was paralysed. Once we got him mobile, although walking very badly, we took him for hydrotherapy to Butterwick. He then used the treadmill and made a good improvement. He has lived a normal life even though he walks with an odd gait. As he has got older, the weakness in his back legs has got worse and he sprained his leg. After anti inflammatory treatment we took him back to Butterwick. Mark is very knowledgeable and gave us physio exercises to do and we booked him in for swimming sessions. He has made a good improvement and we can actually see the muscle building up in his thighs. The staff are wonderful. Mark, Barbara, Claire and Amy are all dedicated to helping our 4 legged friends. Brook gets very excited when we pull up outside the door and can’t wait to get into that pool. I would highly recommend Butterwick Practice
Fiona TamkinFiona Tamkin
14:47 28 Jan 22
Our vet recommended hydrotherapy for our Border Terrier as she was not developing muscle as she should after a cruciate ligament operation. This was whole new experience for us but we have been really impressed, with the professionalism, knowledge and friendliness of the team, we all enjoy going. We have really been looked after by the team at Butterwick.Everything is explained to you to ensure you continue to give your dog appropriate treatment, each session starts with an update on progress to ensure they can help you with any issues your dog might have had between sessions.We are delighted to say that we are seeing continued improvement in our little dog that we did not see prior to finding the team.
Bethany StubbsBethany Stubbs
17:04 18 May 24
Honestly the greatest place and staff, highly recommend! 🌟My little sausage dog Rolo shattered a disc and they are all so helpful and accommodating to what Rolo needs after 2 spinal operations! He went from not using one of his legs to being retrained how to walk and he is definitely on the road to recovery!I am moving an hour away but still want to come to Butterwick as Rolo is doing so well, runs into the building and onto the treadmill, he gets that’s excited!
Amanda MaloneAmanda Malone
12:49 18 May 24
Cooper was told by the vets he needed surgery for patella luxation in both back legs, I was reluctant to go ahead because it wasn't bothering him, the surgery came at risks, the post surgery could be traumatic, it might not have worked and not to mention the cost. So I did a little research and came to Butterwick Rehab clinic.From day 1 Cooper has been treat as if he was their own, he's made brilliant progress, he's enjoying life and his knees haven't popped out as much and hopefully surgery won't be needed.The team are fantastic, calm always happy to see him and they like people too!!!!!I would 100% recommend these guys as an alternative( if allowed) or a post surgery rehabilitationDon't doubt yourselves get in touch with the ASAP.
Pamela McintyrePamela Mcintyre
10:15 09 May 24
Tilly has a cruiciate ligament injury and has been having hydrotherapy for 5 weeks and given some physiotherapist exercises to do at home. She has improved dramatically and is able to go on walks again without pain. Still has a little way to go to build up more muscle in her back leg, but having hydrotherapy has meant she does not need to go for an operation.
Julia Atkinson-taitJulia Atkinson-tait
14:01 26 Apr 24
Staff fabulous looked after Max who has a partially ruptured cruciate ligament helping him build muscle and strengthen his leg to avoid surgery.( he is 12 this year!)max loves going to hydro
Michelle HallMichelle Hall
21:35 26 Mar 24
Absolutely brilliant team. Everyone is so knowledgeable and very friendly. Putting your dog at ease and they answer any questions you have. We have seen a massive improvement in our dog's mobility whilst under the care of Mark and the team. Cannot recommend Butterwick highly enough.
Michelle JenkinsMichelle Jenkins
18:33 29 Feb 24
From the very first taster session to week 4 the service given is exceptional. My boy is young and lame on 4 legs but with a thorough physio session and treadmill hydro twice a week he’s no longer lame, he’s got much more energy and is eager to go out for walks, the who experience has been great. From Gail on reception, Mark doing the physio and Vicky doing the hydro my boy has a new lease of life thanks to them.
Mandy WiseMandy Wise
15:17 19 Aug 22
I have found everyone at the clinic very professional, welcoming, friendly and caring.I am very satisfied with my dogs progress from the very start of his treatment.Benny (dog ) is happier , more mobile and very keen to go to his appointments.Both Bennys and my own confidence has grown over the weeks to what he is now able to do .Happy dog = Happy owner .
lisa stockerlisa stocker
11:24 14 Aug 22
Look no further when looking for a warm, friendly professional company to help you gain what you need from hydrotherapy and physio for your beloved dogs. We started 3 months ago and was faced with a warm welcome on our first visit to look around. We were shown all areas for hydro and physio and met staff; we were even able to take our other dog along for the visit too.Our first physio meeting was to establish what our needs were and most importantly what the needs were for our dog. We were listened to attentively to what we wanted to achieve and a plan was established going forward to help us achieve our dogs’ goal. Our dachshund Penny was suffering from back spasms and had had previous MRI to establish the damage and in all honesty, we had wrapped Penny up in cotton wool and restricted her walks and movements hoping not to create more spasms. From the professional staff, Amy & Claire initially we worked together through visits to hydro and physio and a set exercise plan at home which we worked vigorously with dedication to making Penny’s life happier. In just a few short weeks, Penny had lost weight, built muscles up in her back legs and had become so much more flexible and relaxed as a dog. She had this new spritely character that was coming out that we had not seen for so long. Penny is very reactive around strange people and the staff at Butterwick knew how to handle Penny, keeping at a distance and slowly over sessions they gained her trust. At the three-month stage now, Penny having had hydro treadmill twice a week and physio once a month she is this new young happy dog who has so much more energy and ability to do things she was scared to do before. As her owners it has been a learning curve for us to not wrap her up to protect her but get her out there and face her back problems full on and this has shown in the progress Penny has made. Penny recently moved up into the “big” pool for sessions and she took to it really well considering she is a miniature dachshund in a big pool. Amy has been fantastic with her, knowing how anxious Penny gets, she has let her do her own thing, yet in the pool Penny was happy to be held by Amy by showing her with a cuddle and a face lick! The look on Amy’s face we captured on camera was fantastic, that she had been allowed into Penny’s little circle of humans was lovely to see. It shows the staff are dedicated to the dogs they treat and path they following into getting on a road to recovery, knowing that their care and compassion as well as their professional skills have paid off.Barbra on reception is lovely and takes the time to get to know you when you first register and is always happy to help. Primarily we have dealt with Amy and Claire during Penny’s progress, but other staff and the owner Mark has also been great in sessions with Penny.I can honestly say, look no further, go for a look around and meet staff and you will not be disappointed. They have a system that you stay outside till they call you in when the coast is clear so that no dogs clash on the way in and out. We almost play games checking the coast is clear before we exit after a session, so no dogs meet in the reception area as like ours, they get very vocal around other dogs.We have got to know the staff over the last few months, and the chats we have during sessions makes it a much more relaxed for our pooches seeing us having a laugh about being dog owners and the antics our dogs get up to.We cannot recommend the work “family” at Butterwick to help get your dog on the road to recovery for a much brighter and healthier future.
Irene WilkinsonIrene Wilkinson
11:40 09 Aug 22
My boy Ben has been attending Butterwick Rehab for 5 years now.He started hydro when he was 10 years of age, when he had torn ligaments in his hind legs.Now 5 years later & almost aged 15 and a half, he also has arthritis in his front legs but thanks to the expertise, patience, love and dedication of Mark and the girls he is still going strong on the old legs. In the 5 years he has done his hydro sessions every week and only had to cancel about 4 times. He has also had a couple of sessions of laser therapy over the years, the latest one being last week when Amy gave him a thorough session of it and it has 100% helped.Ben absolutely loves the staff and all the attention he gets (not to mention all the gravy bones).I can hand on heart say that thanks to Mark, Rachael, Amy and Claire, my best buddy is still mobile and happy.Couldn't be more highly recommended.Thanks from the bottom of my heart.Irene & Ben xx
June GatenbyJune Gatenby
19:31 17 Jul 22
Would highly recommend the Butterwick centre, had a consult with Mark about my elderly dog losing strength in his back legs, Mark instantly reassured us that although he was old he would be able to help him. He set a plan in place and we are already seeing improvements after only a few weeks. I can’t recommend Mark and his team highly enough. They have been great communicators, open to questions at anytime and have given us lots of reassurance throughout the process. Biggles really enjoys his sessions and the team make it an enjoyable experience for him and us.
FACT TrainingFACT Training
10:18 23 Jun 22
My best pal for ten years had a major operation and lost the will to live and just laid around with no interest in life whatsoever 😞 luckily I heard about this place and the manager (Barbra) who used to be my slimming world teacher who asked me to come along. From the moment I entered the building I felt part of the family. My dog, Shadow wasn’t quite so sure but within ten minutes they had him doing things I hadn’t seen him do for months. He has had three swimming sessions now and is loving life again,,,,, he even wags his tail again , something I never thought I would ever see again. I can’t thank my new family at Butterwick enough, they have brought my best pal back to life.Thank you 🙏
Mags FarquharMags Farquhar
14:24 14 Apr 22
The staff, Mark, Amy, Claire and Barbara, are all friendly and very knowledgeable. My German Shepherd loves going and can't wait to get in and do her weekly hydro. She has come on marvellously since her spinal surgery in October 2021 and doesn't act like a 10 year old. My 15 year old Cocker Spaniel before her also loved his sessions and lost 6.5kg before we sadly lost him at Christmas. I would highly recommend Butterwick to anyone as hydro and physio have definitely helped our dogs.
chris clarkchris clark
17:12 02 Mar 22
We first encountered Butterwick in 2016 when our beloved Labrador had a spinal stroke and was paralysed. Once we got him mobile, although walking very badly, we took him for hydrotherapy to Butterwick. He then used the treadmill and made a good improvement. He has lived a normal life even though he walks with an odd gait. As he has got older, the weakness in his back legs has got worse and he sprained his leg. After anti inflammatory treatment we took him back to Butterwick. Mark is very knowledgeable and gave us physio exercises to do and we booked him in for swimming sessions. He has made a good improvement and we can actually see the muscle building up in his thighs. The staff are wonderful. Mark, Barbara, Claire and Amy are all dedicated to helping our 4 legged friends. Brook gets very excited when we pull up outside the door and can’t wait to get into that pool. I would highly recommend Butterwick Practice
Fiona TamkinFiona Tamkin
14:47 28 Jan 22
Our vet recommended hydrotherapy for our Border Terrier as she was not developing muscle as she should after a cruciate ligament operation. This was whole new experience for us but we have been really impressed, with the professionalism, knowledge and friendliness of the team, we all enjoy going. We have really been looked after by the team at Butterwick.Everything is explained to you to ensure you continue to give your dog appropriate treatment, each session starts with an update on progress to ensure they can help you with any issues your dog might have had between sessions.We are delighted to say that we are seeing continued improvement in our little dog that we did not see prior to finding the team.
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Not sure? No problem! Why not bring your dog in for a free, non-obligatory session in which we see what’s wrong, what can be done so you have all the information you need and start getting both you and your dog feeling more optimistic about the future? We mean it – no fees, no obligation, nothing: all we want is to meet you and to say ‘hi’ to your best friend. Click the link below to get booked in, now.

Talk to a Vet Physiotherapist

We know how difficult it is to trust someone else when it comes to the health of your dog. It’s just so hard. So, that’s exactly why we also know how important it is for you to ask all the questions you have, find out all the answers you need, and for you and your dog to trust us. So, give us a call to chat to one of our Vet Physio. We’d love to meet you and find out more about how we can help your dog, right now, just click the link below.

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Mark Harding

About Butterwick  Animal Rehab Clinic

Nationally known Veterinary Physiotherapist and Hydrotherapist.

Butterwick Animal Rehab Clinic was founded by Mark Harding –  one of the UK’s leading Veterinary Physiotherapists & Hydrotherapists, a nationally known Speaker, lecturer and has appeared on BBC’s Look North programme.

Mark has been helping pet owners just like you in the North east of England for nearly two decades. People just like you who are worried about their pet, potential long term dependency on drugs and their pets’ reducing quality of life. We strongly believe that a combined approach with your Vet, you, and us gives your dog the best chance possible of gaining and maintaining their zest for life and keeping them happy and healthy.

Mark Harding had an extraordinary idea in 2004… why not create a safe, healthy, comfortable environment in which to rehabilitate injured, elderly dogs? And even better, why not just make that space about providing the best quality of life for all dogs?  

And so, Butterwick Animal Rehab Clinic was born!


Nowadays, with the hydrotherapy side booming because of the amazing community support and interest, Mark soon realised more could be done, more dogs could be helped and more owners could be left feeling hopeful of a happier and healthier future again. His revelation was on account of a particular special woofer, Hector. Having had no feeling below the neck, Hector couldn’t walk following a spinal surgery, and he – as well as his owners – were, understandably, miserable. Mark wanted to do more – for this dog and the countless others he met. His search for something more led him to Veterinary physiotherapy! And without further ado, Mark jumped in and became one of the most sought-after veterinary physiotherapists in the area. If you’re still wondering about Hector – he went back to walks on the beach and having a ball. 

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