Introducing the Butterwick Animal Rehab Team

Get to know the Butterwick Animal Rehab team by clicking on their photos below:

Mark Harding

Veterinary Physiotherapist and Owner


Mark left the Army in 2004 after 13 years and multiple operational tours. He wanted to work with dogs at a young age but wasn’t the opportunities there are now so joined the Army instead.

Mark is a regular lecturer at a number of institutions, University of Nottingham Vet school and Hawksmoor. He started his journey into Canine rehabilitation in 2004 following his dog being diagnosed with severe Hip dysplasia.

Mark is passionate about dogs getting better and living their best life. He oversees the treatment plans for all our patients and is constantly looking for new ways to explain things to mum’s and dad’s, often partial to a good analogy or metaphor and has been known to throw in the odd drawing but it’s fair to say “art” was never his strong point.

He also is very passionate about our staff development and is constantly looking for new ways to enable us to understand dogs and their owners. Mark has over recent years been asked to help train the future generations of Veterinary physiotherapists and hydrotherapists so that they too can help owners.

Mark is the very proud dad to Ben and Harry.


Post Grad Veterinary Physiotherapy

Post Grad Clinical education

Level 4 Canine hydrotherapy

Level 3 Canine hydrotherapy


Food(s) – Beef Stew and dumplings, closely followed by Shepherd’s pie, Gurkha Curry

Restaurant – Tomahawk steakhouse

Place – Brimham rocks

Holiday destination – Cyprus, North Carolina

City or Countryside – Countryside

TV show – Morse

Film – Top Gun

Celebrity – Winston Churchill

Singer/Group – Robbie Williams, let’s not mention Taylor swift….

Sport – errrr 

Team – England rugby

Hobbies – Spending time with my dog Izzy

Rachel Conlon

Canine Hydrotherapist

Rachel completed a degree in textiles followed by 5 years in the interior design industry. Having always had a passion for animals it was her first dog Harris who inspired her to make the leap into animal care.

Rachel gained 3 years experience in animal care and worked her way from an auxiliary nurse position to becoming a valued member of the rehabilitation team at a local veterinary hospital. Rachel qualified as a hydrotherapist in March 2017.

Rachel joined Butterwick in 2018 and enjoys nothing more than seeing her patients gain their zest for life back and the ability to enjoy all their favourite doggie activities once more.

Outside of the clinic Rachel loves nothing more than being outdoors and can often be found walking along the Northumberland coast or hiking in The Lake District with her two Border Terrier’s Harris and Eddie. Craft has always been a huge part of Rachel’s life and once the dogs are worn out for the day, she is often found in her craft room working on her latest project.


Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy Treadmill therapy for Small Animals

Canine first aid



Food: Grandma’s Yorkshire puddings were just the best.

Restaurant: The ‘Shoulder Of Mutton’ in Middleton Tyas and ‘Restaurant Stay’ in Pollenca, Mallorca.

Place: Embleton Beach in Northumberland.

Holiday Destination: Northumberland or the Lake District, nothing better than a dog friendly holiday!

City or Countryside: Countryside.

TV Show: This Is Us, Unforgotten, Great British Sewing Bee.

Film: Time Travellers Wife, The Hunger Games.

Singer/Group: The Lumineers, Van Morrison, The Killers.

Sport: Yoga and running.

Team: I best say Middlesbrough to keep my Dad happy!

Hobbies: Dressmaking, sewing, knitting, crochet and baking. I love hiking with family and the dogs. Spending time with my newest recruits, four hens who love running around and causing chaos in the garden.

Barbra Barker 

Front desk Superstar

Barbra grew up in Livingston, a new town just outside Edinburgh, before moving to Darlington in 2000. Although the North East is now her home, her accent is still strong.

Barbra’s job roles have always been customer service based but as a crazy dog lover she has always had a dream of working with dogs.

Barbra has been happily married to her husband Vince for 10 years. She is Mum to human child Bella who is 7 years old and 9 year old furbaby Winston the Labrador.

Barbra is a keen runner and it’s the perfect way to exercise a very energetic Winston.  Her running plans started out with the aim to complete her local parkrun but she has gone on to complete several marathons.




Food – A good fakeaway – homemade curries, parmos and pizza’s

Restaurant – Nandos as its Bella’s favourite so if she is happy then so are we

Place – Pierrefonds Castle in France or The Lakes

Holiday – Disneyland Paris or anywhere sunny

City/Countryside – Countryside

TV – Soaps or reality TV

Film – I rarely stay awake for a film!

Celebrity – I love a good reality star

Singer/Group – Anything I can dance to but I have no rhythm or co-ordination

Sport – Forced to watch ski Sunday or motor sports

Team – Scotland

Hobbies – Running, dog walks, family days out


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